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Certified California Family Law Specialist

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18+ Years of Successful Legal Representation

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The Most Qualified Divorce Lawyer for You

As a Certified California Family Law Specialist (CFLS), Charles M. Green has established his divorce law credentials through extensive litigation experience, rigorous independent testing, continuing legal education and peer reviews.

Charles is the founder and managing attorney at the Law Offices of Charles M. Green, APLC since June of 1999. Charles M. Green is a Certified Family Law Specialist under the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. He has extensive experience litigating family law cases in the California State Courts.

Charles M. Green personally supervises each and every family Law and divorce case at the firm whether the issues are complex financially or those which involve child custody and visitation. Prior to becoming a Certified Specialist in Family Law, Charles M. Green, obtained tax and financial expertise as an accountant with a New York and California CPA license for 10 years (now inactive). Mr. Green also has financial experience working at several prominent international accounting and tax firms.


Certified California Family Law Specialist

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Divorce Law is one of the most complex and difficult areas of law practice. When you are facing a Divorce, case you should not hesitate to consult a Certified Family Law Specialist (CFLS) who can help you resolve the case as favorably and efficiently as possible.

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Attorney Green advises clients to take great care in their actions. The court’s role is to look out for the well-being of the children, and so it is important for parents to act in a responsible and appropriate manner to prove themselves in the eyes of the court.

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Financial Expertise

Charles M. Green is a Certified California Family Law & Divorce Specialist that will give you the confidence to know you are being represented by a legal professional with proven ability to handle all the complex financial aspects of your divorce case.

  • “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 attorney. Thanks Charles!”

    Andre W.
  • “Everyone in the office was very friendly. They helped me get through a difficult period in my life easily, and without a ton of financial strain. I can honestly say I would recommend Mr. Green to anyone in need of a divorce attorney.”

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  • “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!”

    Laura E.

Additional Divorce & Family Law Services

Our divorce firm also has experience with less-frequent but sometimes very complicated family law cases. We could draft a prenuptial agreement for you to preserve the character of your premarital property and to clarify your spousal support obligations prior to a marriage. After a marriage a similar type of agreement to a “Pre Nup” is called a Post Nuptial agreement. Perhaps you or your child are the victim of domestic violence and you need to file a temporary restraining order against the abusive spouse or parent. If so, we can help you take immediate action to receive the court-ordered protection that you need. We can also help you establish or dispute a paternity case.

Sometimes as part of the divorce strategy it is best to file a Bankruptcy to avoid significant community or separate debts. Our firm is skilled in crossover issues of Divorce, Bankruptcy and Taxation issues as well. Whatever Divorce related legal problem has now become part of your life we urge you to please take the time to meet with us to obtain the most professional, compassionate, and understanding legal representation available in Los Angeles.

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The Main Grounds For Divorce In  Los Angeles, California

There are two main grounds for divorce in California: irreconcilable differences and incurable insanity. While the first ground can be checked on the dissolution petition with a simple grant from the court, the second ground is based on a medical proof that one spouse was insane when petition was filed and remains in that condition. This is an interesting ground – but in reality, is almost never used when divorcing a marital partner in California.

Are There Rules To Follow During A California Divorce?

As soon as the divorce process begins, there are temporary restraining orders which are rules that prohibit both of the partners from doing certain things. For example, neither spouse is allowed to take a minor child out of the state without a written permission from the other spouse – or a court order. Also, you are not allowed to cancel or change any beneficiaries on the insurance policies or any transfer properties.

How To Handle A Divorce In California: The Options

There are three different alternatives to handle a divorce in California, including:

  • Full Attorney Representation: Having an attorney to represent you in court, or a low-cost legal assistance if you have a low income
  • Limited Attorney Representation: Hiring an attorney to assist you in limited capacity in only a few parts of the process
  • Mediation: Reaching a negotiated resolution with the spouse so that the assistance of a mediator is done in a non-adversarial setting and without a court process.
  • Self-representation: This alternative lets you be your own attorney. However, you must know some of the basic information about the process – usually written in a pamphlet.

In a nutshell, there are upsides and downsides on each of these options and alternatives. The course of action includes factors such as time, cost and impact on your children, as well as the communication between you and your spouse. Everything can influence your decision, but it is recommended that you have an attorney to review the agreements before you sign them.

Is There A Simple Process For Divorce In California?

Yes, there is. In fact, it is called summary dissolution – and it doesn’t include as much paperwork as the standard process, nor a court appearance. To know if you are eligible for such process, you have to fill at least one of the following conditions:

  • You have been married for 5+ years
  • You don’t have children from the relationship
  • Neither you or your spouse own a home or any real estate
  • The value of your community property amounts to less than $25k excluding your vehicles
  • The value of either party’s separate property amounts to less than $25k excluding vehicles
  • The combined debt of both spouses is lower than $4k – except for any vehicle loans
  • Both of you waive spousal support

To file this process, both spouses should agree to every term of it. Also, the summary dissolution can be canceled for any reason before its final.

How To File For Divorce In California?

If you definitely want to file for divorce, you must obtain the proper forms and purchase a dissolution form packet for a minimal fee from the county’s superior court clerk. Alternatively, you can visit the California Courts website and look for it. A Petition and a Summons are also a must to be prepared by you, your lawyer or mediator. The process of divorce in California starts as soon as you file your Petition and Summons with the clerk in the county where you or your spouse live.

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