Solving Complex Family Law Issues with Creative Strategies

Irvine Divorce Lawyer

Divorce is a challenging process, both emotionally and legally. No one walks down the aisle expecting the journey to end in divorce court but when life makes changes to a couple’s goals for the future a skilled divorce attorney can help to minimize the distress. The Irvine divorce lawyers at Moradi Saslaw Family Law Attorneys are a full-service family law firm specializing in high-asset divorces and other common aspects of divorce in Orange County.

If you’ve come to the conclusion that divorce and a new start is the best way forward for your family, call or contact the California divorce attorneys in Irvine with decades of combined experience and a winning track record in the most complex divorce and child custody cases.

Why Choose Us for Your Irvine Divorce Attorneys?

The divorce lawyers at Moradi Saslaw are both compassionate and savvy when it comes to representing clients throughout the divorce process in Irvine. Our Irvine family lawyers are:

  • Elite-educated attorneys recognized as a top-tier law firm in multiple publications including U.S News and Best Lawyers
  • A team that takes a resolution-based approach in every case but keeps our client’s interests as our top priority
  • A full-service family law firm that’s ready to be there for our clients in all of their family law matters
  • Legal advocates for clients from widely varied backgrounds from top Orange County CEOs and entrepreneurs to homemakers facing complex custody and spousal support cases
  • Compassionate attorneys with a stellar track record of success in achieving goals and desired outcomes in divorces and complex domestic partnership dissolutions
  • Creative strategists with weekly team meetings to devote attention to every case
  • Protective of our client’s privacy at all times with encryption services for sensitive information

No divorce is easy, but an Irvine divorce with Moradi Saslaw representing your rights and best interests paves the way for the best path forward.

Types of Divorce Cases in California

The Irvine family lawyers at Moradi Saslaw offer individualized attention and support throughout all types of divorces in California, including the following:

Contested Divorces

We wish all divorces were amicable to minimize distress on families, but contested divorces are more common in California. A contested divorce means spouses cannot agree on one or more terms in the divorce, such as:

  • Determinations of separate vs. marital assets
  • The division of marital assets
  • Child custody
  • Child support
  • Spousal maintenance (alimony)
  • Retention of the family home

A contested divorce in Irvine requires spouses to come to court with diligent, dedicated attorneys litigating for their desired outcomes and rebutting arguments from the other side.

Uncontested Divorces

An uncontested divorce is one in which both spouses agree to all terms and draft their own divorce settlement agreement for asset distribution, child custody, and other aspects of divorce without the need to argue in court. An uncontested divorce is more amicable and saves time and expense, but still requires meticulous paperwork, strong negotiation skills, and experience navigating California’s legal system.

Domestic Partnership Dissolution

Domestic partnerships sometimes end, just as marriages. They also require similarly complex legal procedures for asset division and child custody.

Collaborative Divorce

A collaborative divorce is one in which both parties agree to a series of meetings with their attorneys to resolve issues and come to equitable divorce terms in a more peaceful and private manner. Both spouses agree to keep their divorce out of the courtroom and public record and keep it between themselves and their attorneys.

High Asset Divorces

Many spouses in Irvine have high net worth. High-asset divorces involve complex forensic accounting in order to equally distribute marital assets and properly identify separate assets that remain exempt from division.

Child Custody and Child Support in Irvine Divorces

Child custody is often the most heated aspect of divorce in Orange County. When spouses disagree about what living arrangement is best for their child, a judge must decide for them. Courts in California always make decisions in the child’s best interest. With a resolution-based approach to child custody, an experienced attorney from Moradi Saslaw can help demonstrate that your goals for child custody are in the best interest of your child.

California courts acknowledge that every parent has the obligation to support their children. Child support orders serve to minimize the disruption to a child’s accustomed lifestyle. The state uses a child support calculation formula to determine the amount of support paid from one spouse to the other, but ultimately a judge may adjust the amount with good cause. The state’s formula for child support involves determining both parents’ total incomes and the amount of parenting time each parent has in the custody schedule.

Division of Marital Assets in an Irvine Divorce

Asset division is another hotly contested issue in divorces in Irvine and throughout the state. When spouses divorce, they must fully disclose their financial assets, separate marital assets from their separate property, and then equally distribute assets belonging to the marital “community.” This can be complex in any divorce, but especially in high-asset divorces. An experienced divorce attorney in Irvine can accurately identify separate assets such as:

  • Real estate property, valuables, personal items, and accounts belonging solely to one spouse before the marriage
  • Assets inherited by a spouse during the marriage
  • Assets and valuables gifted to one spouse alone during the marriage

All assets and debts accumulated during the marriage are marital assets subject to equal division and distribution to both spouses, including:

  • Real estate property
  • Bank accounts
  • Businesses
  • Retirement accounts
  • Investment accounts
  • Vehicles, boats, and RVs
  • Valuables, antiques, artwork, collectibles, and household items

The separation of marital and separate assets is rarely as straightforward as it seems. Married spouses purposely or unintentionally commingle many assets, giving one spouse a valid claim on a portion of assets the other believed to be theirs alone. For example, if one spouse gives the other access to an account or if one spouse invests time and/or money into property belonging to the other, they have a valid claim to a portion of the asset.

Spousal Maintenance in California

Temporary and permanent spousal support (alimony) orders are common in Irvine divorces. Your divorce attorney from Moradi Saslaw Family Law Attorneys will guide you through your rights and obligations under California divorce law. Spousal support serves to bridge a gap in income between two divorcing spouses during the divorce process, and often going forward post-divorce until the lower-earning spouse becomes fully self-supporting.

Reach Out to Our Award-Winning Irvine Divorce Lawyers Today

If you’ve decided that divorce is inevitable for your family, or you’ve been served with divorce papers by your spouse, you need a compassionate and proactive law firm on your side. Call Moradi Saslaw Divorce Attorneys in Irvine today. We’ll treat your family law case as though it’s our own.