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Palmdale Collaborative Divorce Attorneys
Serving Clients Throughout the Los Angeles County, CA
Collaborative divorce is a process that allows couples to dissolve their marriage without going to court. The process involves working with a team of professionals to resolve issues such as property division, child custody, and support payments. Collaborative divorce is a great option for couples who want to avoid the stress and expense of litigation.
At the Law Offices of John C. Bigler, our Palmdale collaborative divorce lawyers have been helping clients throughout California with their divorces for over 25 years. We understand how difficult this time is for you and your family, which is why we will work with you to develop a personalized legal strategy that meets your needs. You can trust us to provide you with the compassionate and effective legal representation you deserve.
How Does Collaborative Divorce Work?
Collaborative divorce is a voluntary process that both parties must agree to. In the process, both spouses are represented by their own attorneys and must sign a written agreement stating that they will not go to court. In California, the process usually begins by filing a petition for dissolution. However, it is important to note that the collaborative divorce process can begin before any papers are filed.
During the process, both parties will work with their attorneys to determine what issues must be resolved. The attorneys then work together to help the parties reach a settlement. If necessary, the attorneys will consult with other professionals, such as financial experts or child custody experts, to help them reach a fair settlement. Once a settlement is reached, the attorneys will draft a settlement agreement and file it with the court.
What Are the Benefits of Collaborative Divorce?
There are many benefits to choosing collaborative divorce, including:
- More control: In collaborative divorce, you and your spouse are in control. You will work with your attorneys and other professionals to reach a settlement that meets your needs. If you go to court, a judge will be in control of the process and will make decisions for you.
- More private: Divorce proceedings are a matter of public record. If you go to court, your financial information and other personal information will be available for anyone to see. Collaborative divorce allows you to keep your personal information private.
- Lower costs: Going to court can be expensive. You will have to pay your attorney to prepare for and attend court hearings. There may also be other court costs that you will have to pay. Collaborative divorce is usually less expensive than going to court because you and your spouse will work together to reach a settlement.
- Less stressful: Going to court can be stressful. You will have to testify in front of a judge and may have to answer difficult questions about your personal life. Collaborative divorce allows you to avoid the stress of going to court.
Can You Get a Collaborative Divorce with Children?
Yes, you can get a collaborative divorce if you have children. In fact, many couples choose the collaborative divorce process because they want to avoid the stress and expense of going to court for their children. Collaborative divorce allows parents to work together to develop a parenting plan that meets their children's needs.
During the process, both spouses will work with their attorneys to develop a parenting plan. A parenting plan is a written agreement that defines each parent's rights and responsibilities. It will include information about where the children will live, when they will see each parent, and how they will be raised.
Both parents will have the opportunity to review the parenting plan and make changes. Once the parents agree on a plan, the attorneys will draft a parenting plan and file it with the court. The court will then review the plan to make sure it is in the children's best interests.
Collaborative divorce also allows parents to avoid going to court for child support. In California, child support is calculated based on the parents' incomes and the amount of time they spend with the children. Collaborative divorce allows parents to work together to develop a child support plan that is fair for both of them.
During the process, both parents will work with their attorneys to determine how much child support should be paid. They will also work together to develop a plan for how the child support payments will be made. Once the parents agree on a plan, the attorneys will draft a child support order and file it with the court. The court will then review the order to make sure it is in the children's best interests.
How Our Collaborative Divorce Attorneys Can Help You
Collaborative divorce is a great option for couples who want to avoid the stress and expense of going to court. However, it is important to have an experienced attorney on your side who can help you protect your rights and interests throughout the process. We understand how difficult this time is for you and your family, which is why we will work with you to develop a personalized legal strategy that meets your needs.
Our Palmdale collaborative divorce attorneys have extensive experience handling all types of divorce cases, from simple uncontested divorces to complex high net worth divorces. We have a comprehensive understanding of California divorce law and will use our knowledge to help you achieve a fair settlement. We will also be there to answer any questions you have and provide you with the support you need throughout the process.
At the Law Offices of John C. Bigler, we are committed to providing our clients with the compassionate and effective legal representation they deserve. When you choose us to represent you, you can trust us to fight for your rights and interests from start to finish.
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When bringing a parent or sibling to live with you, you must be a U.S. citizen and at least 21 years old. Green card holders cannot petition for their parents or siblings. When bringing your children to live with you in the U.S., their age and marital status will impact their eligibility.Permanent residents may petition for:
- Children who are unmarried and under the age of 21
- Unmarried sons and daughters who are over the age of 21 (plus any children of their own)
Qualifying for a Marriage Visa
If you are a U.S. citizen or green card holder, you may bring your eligible spouse to live with you in the U.S. by completing Form I-130. This is the process to use whether you are a citizen or a permanent resident.
If you are engaged but not yet married to a foreign national who is living outside the U.S., you can seek a K-1 fiance(e) visa. This non-immigrant visa grants your fiancée entrance to the U.S. if you intend to get married within 90 days. Once married, your new spouse may apply for a green card.
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