A divorce legally terminates a marriage, and usually includes the division of property between spouses, the arrangement of child custody, and frequently, spousal and child support.
Obtaining a domestic violence restraining order is not a simple matter. If you are being abused, are fearful or are being controlled by a partner or someone you are close to, it is important to seek legal protection with a restraining order.
The judge has discretion to decide whether to order spousal support, and if so, for how much and how long. It is important that before the judge decides whether or not to order spousal support, the judge have the facts necessary to make a fair decision.
Child Custody & Visitation
If you and your spouse have a minor child together, we recognize that your child is your most important concern, and that you likely have many questions about custody and visitation.
At Minella Law Group, we take the welfare of your children seriously, and we use our skills and experience make sure all child support issues are handled as fairly and clearly as possible.
Adoptions occur more in California than any other state and is an option for a family that wants to secure their legal rights and protect their child. A process that establishes a legal and permanent parent-child relationship with someone that is not a child’s biological parent.
A collaborative law case is made up of four-way meetings in which the parties and their lawyers work together to resolve your divorce, property division, custody and support, and other related concerns, outside of the courtroom.
We handle both the basic filing of a Declaration of Domestic Partnership with the California Secretary of State, and the equally important, but more complicated, preparation of a Domestic Partnership Agreement that is specific to your situation.
Military & Dissolution
Members of the armed service are faced with special circumstances when going through a divorce. The military does not provide counsel for members going through a divorce, and the case takes place in a state court, rather than a military court.
Division of Marital Assets
Generally speaking, all property that you and your spouse acquire during the marriage while “domiciled” (residing for most purposes) in California is community property.