The Right Divorce Lawyer Can Make All The Difference
The divorce process is rife with emotionally and financially charged decisions that will affect your entire family for years to come. A trustworthy and experienced advocate who will listen to your concerns is vital to ensuring that your rights and best interests are protected.
At The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC, we represent clients in Orange County and Riverside County, California, in complex, high net worth divorces as well as relatively simple cases. Our clients can rely on our commitment to providing exceptional service while handling even the most challenging of cases.
Our founding attorney
Dorie A. Rogers, has more than 30 years of experience and is certified as a family law specialist by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. Only a small percentage of California family law lawyers who have demonstrated high ethical standards and a unique level of experience, education, knowledge and skill in family law achieve this recognition.
Contact our Orange County divorce lawyers today to schedule a consultation with an experienced Orange County divorce lawyer. We offer a variety of representation options, including the cost-effective opportunity of working with our associate attorney, Lisa R. McCall, under the supervision of Ms. Rogers.
What to Expect During a California Divorce
California has fairly straightforward laws when it comes to divorce and marital separation. If you intend to end your marital contract with your spouse, an Orange County divorce attorney can be an incredibly helpful ally as you explore questions of property division, child support, and child custody in your divorce. It’s not uncommon for people entering a divorce case to be emotional, stressed, and overwhelmed with all of the legal issues they’re going to suddenly confront. Having a reliable and experienced Orange divorce lawyer in your corner can help you approach these situations with greater confidence and peace of mind.
California state law does not require a couple to provide a legal reason for a divorce. Couples who simply agree that their marriage is irreparably damaged and beyond saving can divorce for “irreconcilable differences,” (also called a “no-fault” divorce) and many other states in the country allow the same. While you may not need to provide a specific reason for your divorce in Orange County, you should expect to undergo a lengthy negotiation process before you reach a resolution with your divorce and obtain a divorce decree.
Some couples can successfully reach divorce terms on their own, but they often discover eventualities and easily overlooked details that may lead to future disagreements and conflicts. It’s a good idea for anyone anticipating a divorce in the near future to consult a Tustin divorce lawyer as soon as possible about what to expect in their unique case. The pathway from a contested divorce to an uncontested one can be incredibly challenging, time-consuming, and stressful for everyone involved, and hiring the right legal representation can have a profoundly positive impact on the whole experience.
The Typical Timeline of an Orange County Divorce
Divorce proceedings start when a spouse files for divorce with the Orange County court. Their spouse receives a copy of the divorce petition from the court. Divorce typically takes one of two possible forms: contested or uncontested. In a contested divorce, the two divorcing spouses disagree about elements of the divorce petition, cannot reach consensus about co-parenting rights, property division, or spousal support, and generally require mediation to reach agreeable terms.
The end goal of divorce negotiation is to change a contested divorce into an uncontested divorce in which both divorcing spouses agree it’s time to officially end their marital contract and go their separate ways while in agreeance about the terms of their divorce.
After filing a divorce petition, the spouses of a dissolving marriage will each retain legal representatives who will handle their court filings, evidence gathering, and case communications on their behalf. The two parties will meet to negotiate the terms of their divorce, which will involve topics such as:
- Property division. California is a community property state, meaning the state considers all assets and property gained during the course of a marriage by either spouse as shared property between both spouses. Typically, California family courts aim for a 50/50 property division agreement, but this isn’t always exact, depending on unique factors that appear on a case-by-case basis. Some of a couple’s seemingly shared property may actually be one spouse’s separate property, and the couple may disagree about trading pieces of property or selling property to divide the proceeds evenly.
- Child custody. The most important aspect of any divorce case in Orange County is the impact of the divorce on the divorcing couple’s children. The courts of the state of California have a duty to rule in favor of a child’s best interests in any divorce case, and the parents need to reach a meaningful consensus about custody, support, and co-parenting responsibilities.
- Child support. If the court deems that a divorcing couple’s children would have the best outcomes by living primarily with one parent and limiting contact with the other, the noncustodial parent will likely be liable for child support payment to assist in the upbringing of their children. Child support amounts vary based on income level, the children’s everyday needs, the financial situation of the custodial parent, and many other factors.
- Spousal support. The court acknowledges that divorce may be considerably easier for some spouses than others. For example, if one spouse is a displaced homemaker without income or credit history for several years because their spouse was the primary and sole necessary breadwinner for the family, the court may decide that the higher-earning spouse is liable for spousal support or alimony payments to the other. The court bases alimony amounts on various factors, and it is possible for either spouse to return to family court for post-judgment modifications if they feel changes to an alimony agreement are justified.
While this may seem like a relatively straightforward list of potential complications, the reality is that any of these issues can lead to significant delays in divorce proceedings when the couple cannot agree to terms. Child custody typically yields the most difficult negotiations as parents are generally concerned with getting as much time with their children as possible and ensuring they have a fair say in major decisions in their children’s lives. Property division can also become a complex negotiation issue, especially if the divorcing couple owns significant assets and many pieces of valuable property.
Special Considerations for High Net Worth/High Asset Divorce
Traditionally, the definition of a “high net worth divorce” was any divorce with more than one million dollars in assets and property. Times have changed, and this figure is at the lower end of the high net worth divorce cases negotiated in Orange County today. Couples may share ownership over tens of millions or even hundreds of millions of dollars in various types of assets and property such as real estate, expensive cars, and unique pieces of art.
Most high asset and high net worth divorce cases will require input from forensic financial analysts, accountants, and other professional financial advisors. Divorcing couples may need to determine ownership over shared accounts that may incur penalties if closed and cashed out at the wrong time or before they reach full maturation. If you are facing a high net worth divorce in the Tustin area, it’s essential to hire an Orange County divorce lawyer with extensive experience handling these complex divorce cases.
Orange, CA High Divorce Lawyers Providing Certified And Experienced Representation
When it comes to divorce, every divorce client’s situation is unique, necessitating a tailored approach. In some cases, this could mean an aggressive trial attorney who will protect his or her rights at trial. In others, a skilled and compassionate counselor who will assist with a negotiated settlement through mediation.
At The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC, we are focused on doing what is right for your family. We will call upon more than three decades of experience to skillfully advocate on your behalf, whether in court or in negotiations. Our lawyers will passionately protect your rights and best interests. We strive to find solutions that allow both parties to move forward.
Our law firm represents clients in a broad spectrum of divorce and related family legal issues, including:
- Divorce mediation
- Dissolution process
- High net worth divorce and complex divorce
- Contested divorce and uncontested divorce
- Uncontested divorce
- Divorce with family-owned businesses and divorce for professionals
- Divorce FAQs
- Child custody and child support
- Property division
- Spousal support
- Modifications and enforcement
Tustin Divorce Attorneys
For strong and supportive representation during the divorce process, contact The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC, at 714-602-1492 to schedule a consultation with a Tustin high net worth divorce attorney. We can help you achieve your goals.
A referral from someone who has had a positive experience is often the case. More and more people are using the internet to locate a divorce attorney. However, you should still make these inquiries, to list a few.
- the attorney’s length of time in practice,
- percentage of practice devoted to family law
- experience with your type of issues
- familiarity with the judges in your court
- the office policy for returning your calls
- whether you will have input regarding decisions in your case
- the ability of the attorney to listen to you and his or her rapport
- beware of guaranteed outcomes or promises
- psychologically aware of family dynamics and children
- how many trials or hearings has the attorney had
- does the attorney’s client base consist of both genders
The list is not all inclusive and you should be comfortable in relating to your attorney. Remember, your attorney is your employee.
Financial records: Tax returns, bank statements, money market account statements, corporate books, profit and loss statements, pension statements, and credit card statements, promissory notes, to name a few.
Real Property: If you own real property whether situated in California or outside, copies of deeds of trust, lease contracts, appraisals and mortgage statements would be needed.
Agreements: Any signed Premarital, Post-marital or Cohabitation Agreement is necessary as it defines and may limit your rights.
Custody: Records relating to custody vary. The children’s school records, a spouse’s criminal history, domestic violence or drug and alcohol abuse would be important in some cases where it’s at issue.
“Dorie is a very powerful attorney and a great asset to have on your side in any family legal matter. She is extremely bright and insightful, and I got everything I asked for in my lawsuit.”
“I would strongly recommend Ms. Dorie Rogers for any legal needs. During my Divorce proceedings, Dorie’s professionalism, expertise in Divorce Law and legal skill helped bring my case to a close in both a timely and mutually agreeable manner.
Additionally, Dorie took the time to understand me and my background to better represent me in my case. She showed a level of caring and concern that helped me through a very difficult time. She is an outstanding lawyer and wonderful person.”
“Second to none – I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Dorie to anyone. She was my attorney for my divorce and custody case. She will do everything it takes to get the job done and all with a smile on her face. Her knowledge and expertise will assist anyone in a family law situation get the results they want.”