As a San Diego family law attorney with decades of experience I can tell you planning your divorce before filing can make a substantial difference in successfully achieving your goals and protecting your interests. I am often asked “how long before the divorce should I contact an attorney?” My answer is simple: the more time we have to analyze your unique circumstances and develop planning and strategy the more likely a successful outcome in your case.
This is especially true if you are a parent or own a business or professional practice. Child custody and visitation can be one of the most contentious issues in many divorce cases. Planning your divorce before filing can make a substantial difference in a parent’s ability to protect and/or enhance visitation with their child(ren). When discussing custody and visitation with a client we have a number of factors we review and evaluate from a parent’s point of view. We work to help our client to get a candid understanding of their strengths and weaknesses as a parent. There are always things you can do more of or better to become a better parent. These will obviously enhance your position as a potential co-parent in a contested divorce case.
The owner of a business or professional practice has a lot to lose in a divorce. Planning your divorce before filing can make a substantial difference in the cost of keeping your company after a divorce. It is very rare for the spouse of the business owner to not have at least some marital interest in the company. In most cases, the community property characterization of a business is substantial. If a business owner or professional wishes to maintain sole ownership of the company after the divorce they will need a comprehensive strategy. There is a lot we can do to provide sound counsel and strategy to clients who own their own business when they come to us in advance of a divorce. There are legal, moral and ethical strategies which can increase the likelihood of maintaining control over your company during and after the divorce.
My decades of experience have proven that planning your divorce before filing can make a substantial difference in the outcome of your divorce and successfully achieving your goals and objectives. We invite you to protect your own interests and contact us or call 760-434-3330 to schedule an appointment for a remote or socially distanced consultation with one of our experienced Certified Family Law Specialists.