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Family Law

Palm Springs Family Lawyers Provide Cost-Effective Solutions

Experienced firm has served Coachella Valley and Riverside County since 1951

Going through a divorce or other family-related dispute can be an emotional time with life-altering consequences. It is critical to have counsel who will advocate for your rights and objectives. At Schlecht, Shevlin & Shoenberger in Palm Springs, California, we have more than 170 years of combined experience that we bring to bear in our representation of families dealing with the breakup of marriages and the legal issues that ensue. Firm shareholder Jon A. Shoenberger has been a Certified Specialist in Family Law since 1981 and has devoted his practice to this important area of law.

Compassionate legal representation in divorce proceedings

California is considered a no-fault state, with “irreconcilable differences” as the usual grounds. There is no need to blame the divorce on one party’s misconduct, such abandonment or infidelity, though such behavior may be considered when the court decides on spousal support or property division.

Even with a no-fault divorce there are often contested issues, principally concerning money. California is a community property state, which generally means that all property and debts acquired during marriage are deemed jointly owned and are evenly divided upon divorce. Some assets, however, are considered each spouse’s separate property, such as inheritances, gifts and property that the spouse owned before the marriage and income earned from those assets during the marriage. There are always gray areas for property claimed by one spouse to be separate and by the other to be marital in nature. In addition, alimony claims are often contested, requiring extensive proofs and evaluation.

Some couples are eligible for a form of California uncontested divorce called summary disposition. This is available for marriages of less than five years’ duration, when there are no minor children, no alimony is sought and neither spouse owns real estate. The spouses sign a settlement agreement that divides all their assets and debts, which must have values below certain thresholds set by law.

We are experienced in protecting our client’s assets and enforcing their legal rights in all forms of divorce and in related proceedings for deciding parenting issues. For any divorce, you or your spouse must have lived in California for at least six months before filing and in your current county of residence for at least three months.

Creative and cost-effective solutions through alternative dispute resolution (ADR)

In many situations, structured negotiations or mediation can yield excellent results for amicably resolving property disputes and other contested issues outside the courtroom. In addition, mediation and negotiation will generally be quicker and less expensive than full-blown litigation, and they can minimize the impacts of the dispute on the couple’s children. The firm’s family law attorneys are skilled in utilizing alternative dispute resolution (ADR) tools when appropriate and beneficial of our clients.

Reach out to an experienced California family lawyer

In addition to divorce, our family law attorneys help with annulments, cohabitation agreements, domestic partnership agreements, guardianships and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. For assistance with a family law matter in the Coachella Valley and Riverside County area, contact the resourceful legal team at Schlecht, Shevlin & Shoenberger in Palm Springs. Please call 760-320-7161 or contact us online to schedule a confidential consultation.

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