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Los Angeles Divorce Lawyer

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Los Angeles Divorce Lawyer— Charles M. Green, APLC

Los Angeles Divorce Lawyer

You deserve the  top legal representation of  Charles M. Green, APLC. Led by the highly skilled courtroom lawyer and Certified California Family Law Specialist, Charles M. Green, our firm brings a rare blend of  talented legal expertise and deep financial insight to your Los Angeles divorce. With over 2g years of dedicated legal experience in Los Angeles County and a unique background as a CPA in prominent New York accounting firms, Charles M. Green stands out as a Los Angeles divorce attorney of exceptional caliber and compassionate character.

Our divorce team at Charles M. Green, APLC, brings together a seamless blend of keen financial insight and formidable legal expertise, uniquely equipping us to guide you through the complexities of divorce and family law. We are dedicated to helping clients who are ready to move forward in life with the strongest footing possible. Our focused approach ensures that every aspect of your case is handled with precision, paving the way for a future built on solid ground. Making us your best option for a Los Angeles divorce lawyer.

Experienced and Effective Attorneys and Legal Specialist

Caring and highly experienced legal professionals here to help guide you successfully into the next stage of your life.
  • 26 yrs Family Law Experience
  • Certified Family Law Specialist
  • Financial Expertise as a Former CPA
  • Skilled Courtroom Divorce Attorney
Divorce Lawyer

CPA Experience

Financial expertise as a Former CPA to ensure all you and your family’s assets are protected.

Divorce Lawyer

Skilled Courtroom Lawyer

Bringing keen financial insight and formidable legal expertise to your case.

Divorce Lawyer

Accessible and Caring

Our highly experienced and caring attorneys are always available for your questions and concerns.

Your Family Law Team

Highly experienced attorneys to help you through your marriage dissolution and any issue in California Family Court.
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Charles M. Green , APLC

Founder, Principal Attorney

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Diana O. Olanipekun

Experienced Associate Attorney

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Fabiana Piroyansky


What Our Clients Are Saying

  • Charles and his team might be small but they get the job done! As a small business owner, I was worried about what my financial footing would be and how it would affect my livelihood moving forward. Charles was always available and assured me through each step of the divorce process, ensuring that my business and personal assets were being protected. Charles’ consistent communication and attention to financial detail made me feel confident and well-represented. I highly recommend their divorce attorney services.

    Juanita R.
    Small Business Owner
  • This firm went above and beyond to make sure my property division case was handled efficiently and fairly. As someone in the entertainment industry, I had a mix of assets and income sources that I was worried about. Charles is sharp!  What was complex for me to grasp, he understood and explained with ease. He made the process much smoother than I anticipated. I highly recommend his divorce lawye services to anyone going through a divorce that may have complex asset division issues.




    David K.
    Entertainment Professional
  • Charles’ Los Angeles divorce office provided me with the guidance and support I needed during my divorce. As a single mother, I was concerned about how my case would impact my children’s future. The Charles and Diana took the time to understand my situation and worked hard to achieve the outcome I was looking for.. I feel Charles’ sincerity and dedication to detail made a huge difference in the outcome, and I am incredibly grateful for their help. I couldn’t have picked a better Los Angeles divorce lawyer.

    Samantha T.
    Mother and Business Owner
  • When I decided to divorce, I knew my case would involve a substantial amount of assets and a variety of financial issues. Charles’ team was thorough and professional. Charles has a natural attention to detail that made me feel confident about situation. I’m extremely happy with the results. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone in need of a Los Angeles divorce lawyer. Even more specifically, to anyone who might have particular business assets needing special attention.

    Michael L.
    Tech Industry Startup
  • “Everyone in the office was extremely friendly. They helped me get through a difficult period in my life quickly, easily, and without a ton of financial strain. I can honestly say that I would recommend Mr. Green’s team to anyone searching for good divorce lawyers.”

    Kat C.
  • Mr. Green’s team was outstanding to say the least. Not only are they professional but they are also genuinely caring people. I consider myself very blessed to have scored such a great Los Angeles divorce attorney. Thanks Charles!

    Andrew W.
  • “I highly recommend Mr. Green and his office. They were a pleasure to work with. Made a difficult divorce situation a breeze! Fabiana (the legal assistant) is great! She’s always on top of everything! Thanks again for everything!”

    Laurie E.

Our Practice Areas

Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce) Overview

Under California Family Code § 2300, divorce, also known as the dissolution of marriage (marriage dissolution), is characterized by a judicial decree that returns both individuals to their unmarried status. Once declared single, those who have divorced encounter profound and transformative shifts in their responsibilities and privileges.

The repercussions of divorce on property entitlements have become a staple for tabloids in numerous high-profile celebrity divorces. Furthermore, its influence on parental rights has been highlighted amidst acrimonious custody disputes, leading to the perception of divorce as an inherently distressing ordeal within family law. At Charles M. Green, APLC, we understand the emotional complexities of divorce. Our firm applies strategic yet compassionate advocacy, aiming to shield our clients from potential trauma and ensure a transition that is as favorable and harmonious as possible.


Residency Requirements for a Dissolution

To initiate a divorce in California, at least one spouse must have been a resident of the state for a minimum of six months and of the county where the divorce is filed for three months preceding the filing.

However, the residency prerequisites differ for legal separations and other types of relationships:

  • Legal Separation: There is no waiting period for filing a legal separation in California. If one spouse resides in California, they may file immediately. Should the need arise, the petition for legal separation can be amended to a divorce petition once the residency requirements for divorce are met.

  • Same-Sex Couples: Same-sex couples who married in California but currently reside in a jurisdiction that does not recognize or grant divorces for same-sex couples can still file for divorce in the California county where they were married. While the court can dissolve the marriage, its authority to rule on related matters like property division, spousal support, or child custody may be limited. It is advisable to consult with a legal professional for detailed advice.

  • Domestic Partners: For domestic partnerships registered in California, the residency requirement for divorce does not apply. The court can terminate the partnership but might be limited in its ability to make decisions regarding property, support, or children if neither partner meets the residency criteria. On the other hand, if the partnership is not registered in California, the standard residency requirement for divorce applies.

Understanding these nuances is crucial, and at Charles M. Green, APLC, we navigate these legal waters with precision and empathy. Our approach is designed to protect your interests and minimize the emotional and legal strain of the process, ensuring that your rights are upheld and your voice heard


California’s  “No-fault” Divorce Law

In the state of California, the law embraces a “No Fault” approach to divorce, signifying that the spouse seeking a divorce isn’t required to prove any wrongdoing by their partner. Typically, divorces are filed on the grounds of “irreconcilable differences,” a term that simply implies the spouses can no longer coexist in harmony.

The law in California maintains a neutral stance on marital misconduct such as infidelity. Engaging in an affair won’t subject a spouse to penalties in terms of asset division or the obligation to provide increased financial support during the divorce proceedings.

Within the divorce process, the spouse initiating the action is designated as the “Petitioner,” while the other spouse is referred to as the “Respondent.” While there is no inherent legal benefit to being the first to file for divorce, certain situations may present a strategic advantage in taking this initial step. It’s essential to consult with a knowledgeable attorney to understand the potential implications of filing first in a divorce case. Charles M. Green, APLC, can provide expert guidance to ensure that any actions you take are strategically sound and aligned with your best interests.

Types of  Dissolution Cases 


Uncontested Divorce:

An uncontested divorce is the most straightforward and amicable option. Both spouses agree on all key issues, including property division, child custody, and support, without the need for court intervention.

Criteria: This option is suitable when both parties are willing to cooperate, communicate openly, and reach a mutual agreement on all divorce-related matters.

Contested Divorce:

In a contested divorce, spouses cannot agree on one or more aspects of their divorce, such as property division, child custody, or support. These disputes often require court intervention and legal proceedings.

Criteria: When spouses are unable to reach a consensus on crucial issues, a contested divorce is necessary. It typically involves negotiation, mediation, or litigation to resolve disagreements.


Description: A default divorce occurs when one spouse files for divorce, and the other party does not respond within the specified time frame. The court may proceed with the divorce based on the filing spouse’s terms.

Criteria: Default divorce is an option when one party is unresponsive or uncooperative but can also result from genuine unawareness of the divorce proceedings.

Summary Dissolution:

Summary dissolution is a simplified divorce process available to couples with very few assets, no children, and a short marriage. It streamlines the divorce process and involves fewer paperwork requirements.

Criteria: Couples seeking a summary dissolution must meet specific criteria, including a marriage duration of five years or less, limited joint assets and debts, and no children from the marriage.

High-Net Worth

Common for Business owners, High-asset divorce cases involve intricate financial considerations and require specialized legal representation to adequately protect financial interests. These cases often include the division of businesses, professional practices, real estate portfolios, stock options, and other significant investments, which demand a sophisticated understanding of both legal and financial strategies. Charles M. Green also has the unique distinction and value, of being a former, accomplished CPA for prominent New York and Los Angeles accounting firms.


LGBTQ divorces, while legally akin to heterosexual separations, often involve distinct considerations like marriage recognition, child custody, and pre-marriage asset division. A knowledgeable attorney in LGBTQ family law is essential to address these specific needs, ensuring equitable treatment and protection of rights for all involved.

Legal Separation:

Legal separation allows spouses to live separately and formalize their separation agreement legally. It addresses issues like spousal support and property division without ending the marriage.

Criteria: Legal separation is an option when couples want to remain married for personal, religious, or insurance reasons but no longer wish to live together.

Choosing the right type of divorce in California depends on your unique circumstances and willingness to cooperate with your spouse. Call us today to get your case evaluation and ensure that your divorce and family process aligns with your specific needs and goals.

Frequently Asked Questions


How much does a divorce lawyer cost in Los Angeles?

In Los Angeles, the cost of a divorce lawyer typically ranges from $200 to $900 per hour.

What is the average retainer fee for a divorce lawyer  in California?

The average retainer fee for a divorce lawyer in California is between $3,000 and $5,000.

How to find a divorce lawyer Los Angeles?

To find a divorce lawyer in Los Angeles, start by researching online using resources like the lawyer’s website, Yelp, Avvo, Findlaw, Lawyers.com, or the local bar association, such as the Los Angeles County Bar Association. This will help you explore available options and make an informed decision.

What is the role of a divorce attorney in Los Angeles?

A divorce attorney in Los Angeles acts as a trusted advisor, legal advocate, and emotional support for clients, managing complex legal tasks and providing advice on substantial marital assets, while also steering clients away from emotional decision-making.

What are the types of divorce cases in Los Angeles?

In Los Angeles, the common types of divorce cases include uncontested, contested, high-value asset, and dissolution of domestic partnerships.

The judge can order your spouse or another parent to pay for all or part of the legal costs. Even if one may have money to secure a lawyer, if the other person is more financially abundant, the court can order them to assist in paying your divorce fees.


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