Los Angeles Divorce Attorney
California Divorce Overview
The prospect of divorce inevitably brings clients to our office with a wide range of emotions. At the Law Offices of Korol & Velen, we are very sensitive to those going through a marital breakdown. We understand that some of you have lost what seemed a source of unconditional support, only to be replaced by the frustration of seemingly hostile or coldly formal legal proceedings.
Do I Need an Attorney for Divorce?
As Los Angeles divorce attorneys, we have handled hundreds of contested divorces with competence, compassion and personalized attention. Hiring an attorney early in the process often prevents the mistakes that occur when parties to divorce represent themselves before the court. We know this because we handle many cases where individuals have tried to handle their divorce themselves and later came to us when they could no longer navigate their way through the legal system. Getting legal help early in the process can prevent many of the mistakes our clients make trying to handle things themselves and can also prevent the stresses that accompany those mistakes.
Los Angeles Divorce Attorneys Since 1993
Representing clients throughout the greater Los Angeles area, divorce lawyers Marina Korol and Rozanna Velen are State-Certified Family Law Specialists. Our firm handles all aspects of California divorce law, including legal separation and dissolution of marriage, property settlements, child custody agreements and visitation arrangements, child support and spousal support issues. Whether you are considering divorce or you have been served with divorce papers, we offer free initial consultations. We want to help you protect your rights and avoid common divorce mistakes.
For detailed information about California divorce law and the divorce process, please see our Divorce Information Center page.
Division of Marital Assets
California is a community property state, meaning all assets acquired during the marriage – including increased value of assets brought to the marriage – are included in the “marital pot.” Our Los Angeles divorce attorneys are experienced in the valuation and division of assets in divorce property settlements, but we can retain forensic accountants and other professionals to value pension plans, stocks/stock options, homes, other real estate, and business ownership interests.
Spousal support (better known as "alimony"), may be granted when one partner’s income exceeds the other's, especially if the party receiving support has less education or a lower earning capacity. The amount of spousal support depends on many factors, including the income levels of both parties, custody arrangement, housing situations and more. The duration of spousal support depends upon the length of the marriage and other factors; where the marriage has lasted more than 10 years, support might be granted indefinitely until the death or remarriage of the receiving spouse.
Settlement vs. Court
California is a no-fault divorce state. This means that either party may file for divorce for no other reason than irreconcilable differences. Property settlements are not affected by the behavior of either spouse – although child custody and visitation may be. Despite hurt feelings or anger toward the other party, it is in the best interests of both spouses to work out an agreement and avoid divorce litigation. Settlement affords more control than going to court, where the final decision lies with a judge. If an agreement cannot be reached, however, we will vigorously defend our clients’ interests in court to ensure a fair divorce settlement.
The Law Offices of Korol & Velen often recommend mediation with a neutral third party to work out disagreements, particularly when children are involved. We advise clients on legal strategies and recommendations for workable, out-of-court, custody and visitation agreements. And, to help heal from divorce, we often refer our clients to a network of trusted family counselors.
We want to help you. The Law Offices of Korol & Velen invites you to schedule a free initial consultation at our centrally located offices in the Mid-Wilshire / Miracle Mile area of Los Angeles, California.
Free Initial Consultations. Call our Los Angeles office at 323-653-1600 or our Sherman Oaks office at 818-386-6500
*Certified Family Law Specialists*