Solving Complex Family Law Issues with Creative Strategies

Orange County Divorce Lawyer

If you’re ready to file a divorce petition or you’ve received one from your spouse, you may feel uncertain about the next steps. Now that you’ve accomplished the highly emotional process of getting to this point, the best way forward is with a divorce attorney who is ready to guide you through the legal process with your best interests as their highest priority. Meanwhile, you can focus on guiding your family through the coming changes for the best possible outcome for the future.

The Orange County divorce lawyers at Moradi Saslaw have deep compassion for our clients as they navigate some of their family’s most emotionally sensitive times. We also understand the need for objective, purposeful action to protect your rights throughout the California divorce process so you can begin moving forward under the most positive circumstances for your family.

It’s time to take the first steps along a new path for the future. Contact the renowned Orange County divorce lawyers at Moradi Saslaw Family Law Attorneys so we can take prompt action. We’re ready to advocate on behalf of your family and your desired outcomes for all aspects of your divorce.

Why Choose Moradi Saslaw For Your Orange County Divorce?

Moradi Saslaw Family Law Attorneys have navigated California’s complex divorce process for decades with a long history of satisfied clients and successful outcomes. Our clients understand that we are a full-service family law firm available to meet any legal needs that arise as they move forward during and after a divorce. Since our firm began in 2009, we’ve represented clients from all walks of life with diverse careers, families, and goals. Our clients commonly include high-net-worth spouses with unique financial portfolios and complex assets. We provide legal representation for clients from all walks of life, from entrepreneurs and real estate moguls to stay-at-home moms and same-sex spouses. The following qualities make our firm uniquely qualified to represent clients in Orange County divorces:

  • Years of experience in high finance with advanced tools and impeccable resources such as the best forensic accountants, renowned property valuation services, and cutting-edge technology
  • Open, honest communication and availability so you stay well-informed throughout each step of the divorce process with a skilled, compassionate advocate at your side
  • The resources of a team of family-oriented advocates who also have acute legal minds with experience in all aspects of California divorces and dissolution of domestic partnerships, including the division of assets, child custody, child support, and alimony
  • Creative collaborative solutions through team brainstorming meetings as well as the individual attention of a lawyer who makes your family law case in Orange County their own

Your Orange County family law attorney from Moradi Saslaw will steer you through the California divorce process from filing the initial petition or response, through a well-executed strategy for negotiating a settlement, or for the best possible outcome in court disputes.

Skilled Guidance for the Division of Assets in Your California Divorce

California is a community property divorce state requiring spouses to make full financial disclosures. The state compels divorcing couples to divide community property and debts equally—or as close to 50/50 as possible—while retaining their separate assets. Your Orange County divorce lawyer from Moradi Saslaw will guide you through this exacting process and aggressively defend your interests so you can rest assured that your case is moving forward in the most positive direction possible.

Separate assets in most California divorces include some or all of the following:

  • All property, assets, and personal items belonging to one spouse before the divorce or gifted to them during the divorce
  • Businesses and intellectual property owned by a spouse before the marriage
  • Any property inherited by a spouse during the marriage

Community assets are those acquired during the marriage, including:

  • The marital home
  • Real estate properties like vacation homes and rental properties
  • Vehicles, RVs, and boats
  • Any businesses or intellectual property spouses developed during the marriage
  • All bank accounts, investment accounts, savings accounts, and retirement accounts regardless of whose name is on the accounts

In many cases, commingling of assets occurs, giving one spouse a right to a portion of any increase in value of a spouse’s separate property. Examples include the commingling occurring when one spouse grants the other one access to an investment account that belonged to them before the marriage, or when one spouse invests money, time, or talent into improving the value of the other spouse’s separate property.

Because commingling makes asset division complex—particularly in high-asset divorces—the attorneys at Moradi Saslaw are well-versed in all aspects of asset division. We are ready to defend your interests for the best possible outcome for your new beginning.

Is California a 50/50 Child Custody State?

California family courts encourage equal custody whenever possible and uphold the premise that continued close contact with both parents is in a child’s best interest. However, the courts do not mandate a 50/50 child custody schedule for every divorced family. An experienced Orange County divorce attorney understands the vital importance of a court’s decision on child custody. If continued close contact with the other parent isn’t in your child’s best interests, we’re ready to present clear and precise evidence to demonstrate that. However, we’re also knowledgeable in California’s common shared child custody schedules, custody with parent visitation, and supervised visitation when required.

Moradi Saslaw Family Law Attorneys will assertively argue your case before a judge if a mutually acceptable custody agreement isn’t possible for your family’s best interests.

Child Support in Orange County Divorces

Just as you want the best for your children, California prioritizes a child’s best interests in all decisions. California courts use the Income Shares Model to determine child support orders. Financially supporting a child is an obligation for parents under California law. California’s child support formula considers spouses’ total incomes, healthcare contributions, and any special financial needs for the children’s daycare, education, and medical care. The number of overnight custody stays the child has with each parent is important in determining which parent pays child support. Typically, the parent with fewer custody days pays child support to the parent with more custody days per year.

What About Spousal Support in California?

Spousal support (alimony) isn’t an obligation like child support but spousal support is appropriate in some divorces. A judge considers the following when deciding on a spousal support request:

  • The duration of the marriage
  • Whether or not there is a significant income disparity between the spouses
  • Whether or not one spouse postponed their career or education goals to support the other spouse’s education and career, or to raise children
  • A spouse’s age or health condition

Most spousal support orders are limited to a specific amount of time, or until the lower-earning spouse becomes self-sufficient.

If you need emergency spousal support orders during the divorce process or you’re facing an alimony order, Moradi Saslaw is ready to help with this sensitive and often contested issue.

Call Moradi Saslaw for Your Orange County Divorce Case

The terms of a divorce deeply impact a family’s way of life and each spouse’s future. Don’t leave it to chance, or to your spouse’s attorney. Call Orange County’s premier divorce lawyers at Moradi Saslaw Family Law Attorneys for the legal representation you and your family deserve.