The Right Divorce Lawyer Can Make All The Difference
Ending a marriage can be incredibly difficult from an emotional standpoint, but it is also very difficult from a legal angle. No matter what hard feelings may or may not exist between you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse, you need reliable legal counsel. An experienced attorney can ensure your rights are protected during the entirety of your divorce case and that all terms of your divorce are fair and legally binding. A Yorba Linda divorce attorney is your best resource when you need to prepare for divorce proceedings.
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 Orange County 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 Yorba Linda divorce lawyers today to schedule a consultation with an experienced Yorba Linda 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.
Why Choose The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers?
Even a seemingly straightforward divorce can entail complex legal challenges that require the attention of experienced attorneys. Your Yorba Linda divorce lawyer will help you navigate California’s complex divorce laws and the community property statutes that will come into play during your divorce case. At the Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, our legal team has successfully represented many clients in all types of divorce cases. Our firm can handle a wide variety of divorce-related legal issues, including:
- High net worth divorces. If you and your spouse own significant property and many high-value assets, our team will help you ensure a fair and reasonable division of property.
- Divorce mediation. If you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse want to avoid lengthy and costly divorce litigation, you might want to try and settle your differences through outside mediation. It’s a good idea to have a Yorba Linda divorce attorney at your side during your mediation sessions, especially if your spouse has their own legal representative.
- Child custody and support issues. Our team understands that your children’s best interests are the most important factor in your divorce. We will help you prepare a strong custody case and/or support that suits your children’s best interests.
- Property division. California’s community property statutes are quite strict, and our team knows how to define community and separate property in any kind of divorce case. We will ensure you part with no more than is absolutely legally necessary.
- Post-judgment motions. Unlike other legal cases, family court cases are subject to future revision through the post-judgment motion process. If you need professional legal assistance making a change to an existing divorce decree, whether it pertains to spousal support, child support, child custody, or property division. Our team can carefully review your proposed changes and navigate the post-judgment motion process on your behalf.
Divorce is an incredibly complex, stressful, and ultimately draining experience that can entail all types of surprises. Hiring an experienced Yorba Linda divorce attorney is one of the best steps you can take toward navigating your divorce case to a satisfactory conclusion.
California’s Community Property Statutes
California is one of nine US states to uphold community property laws. This means that all property acquired during the course of a marriage remains the property of the married spouses when they divorce, meaning it is subject to 50/50 division. Community property can include joint bank accounts, real estate, retirement accounts, investment accounts, a business started during the marriage, vehicles, and any other properties and assets the couple gained while married. Separate property, on the other hand, is owned solely by one of the divorcing spouses. Separate property can include assets the individual owned prior to entering their marriage, gifts, and inheritances from other relatives.
Sometimes the line between community property and separate property is blurred. As your Yorba Linda divorce attorneys, the team at the Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers can help you clearly define the different types of assets included in your divorce and establish your separate property ownership rights as appropriate during property division negotiations.
Will My Divorce Case End With Settlement or Trial?
At its core, a divorce case is a legal dispute between two married spouses. They must determine a mutually agreeable set of terms for everything pertaining to their divorce, including child custody, property division, and long-term support arrangements. It is typically in the best interests of both spouses to end their divorce case as swiftly as possible, but tension and high-running emotions can make peaceable negotiations difficult.
Divorce mediation offers a low-pressure alternative to the litigation process, and it can be helpful even in hotly contested divorces by allowing the divorcing couple to have an open and honest conversation. A neutral third-party will mediate the negotiation, keeps the conversation on track, and provides general legal guidance when the divorcing couple has questions about their case. Mediation can take as long as necessary for the divorcing couple to reach an agreement. Once they do, the rest of the divorce process is very straightforward. Divorce mediation ultimately keeps the decisions concerning the divorce in the hands of the couple, not the court, and it also remains private.
If a divorcing couple cannot negotiate or mediate their way to a mutually agreeable set of divorce terms, the divorce case may proceed to litigation. The judge overseeing the case will have the final say when it comes to things like child custody and property division. When you choose the Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers as your Yorba Linda divorce attorneys, you can rest assured our team will seek a speedy resolution to your divorce if possible. Still, we are not afraid to litigate your case on your behalf in court.
What to Expect With Your Yorba Linda Divorce Case
Whether you or your spouse has already initiated divorce proceedings or you simply feel as though divorce may be on the horizon for you, it’s essential to know your rights and legal options and have an idea of what to expect from the process. In California, any married person can file for divorce without listing a fault or cause for the divorce. “Irreconcilable differences” is good enough for the state of California, as long as a married couple meets the state’s residency requirements, they can proceed with their divorce.
One couple might file for divorce and have the court serve their spouse with the divorce petition, or a couple who mutually agrees to divorce may file jointly. If the couple meets certain criteria, such as having no children and no joint property or a sound divorce agreement they have drawn up themselves, it may be possible to expedite the divorce proceedings via summary dissolution. Ultimately, once the divorce petition is filed and both spouses have provided their sides of the case to the court, the divorce process can go one of several ways. The divorcing couple may have already negotiated the terms of their divorce between them, they may be willing to participate in divorce mediation, or they may have no choice but to litigate their divorce case before a judge.
If you have children, it’s essential to remember that the state’s family court system has an obligation to rule in favor of protecting your children’s best interests when it comes to custody and support. Your Yorba Linda divorce attorney can provide you with more specific guidance that pertains to your unique divorce case. If you are ready to discuss your situation with an experienced and compassionate Yorba Linda defense lawyer, contact the Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers today.
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.”