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3699 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 700, Los AngelesCA  90010 (View Map)

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Experienced Los Angeles Divorce Attorneys

Divorce Law is one of the most complex and difficult areas of law practice. Whatever your reason for Divorce is, you should not hesitate to consult a Certified Family Law Specialist (CFLS) practicing in the Los Angeles County Superior Court System who can help you resolve the case as favorably and efficiently as possible.

Charles M. Green is one of the most successful Los Angeles divorce (dissolution) attorneys in California who is now going on 22 years of divorce and family law expertise. He is highly effective and capable of representing you in the Los Angeles Superior Court system and ensuring the best outcome for all aspects of a California Divorce. As a Certified California Family Law Specialist (CFLS), he has established his divorce credentials through extensive litigation experience, rigorous independent testing, continuing legal education and peer reviews.

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Requirements for a California Divorce

In order to file for a Divorce in Los Angeles, CA, a couple must have lived in the state California for at least six months. In addition, the couple must have resided in the county they wish to file for divorce in for at least three months.  Furthermore, California has a six month waiting period before the courts will grant a divorce. Once the divorce respondent (the one who is served) is served with the Summons and Petition, the marital status cannot be terminated until six months have passed since the service was effected.

In some states a couple will only be granted a divorce if they can prove they have acceptable grounds to divorce.  This is not true in our state. California is a “no fault” state, meaning you do not need to prove that one or both spouses did something wrong in order to be granted a divorce.

The fact that one or both people in the marriage want a divorce is reason enough for judges in California. A couple can simply state that they have “irreconcilable differences.”  Furthermore, because California is a “no fault” state, a couple will still be granted a divorce even if one spouse does not wish to divorce.

Divorce is a complicated, complex, and emotionally difficult process for the entire family, and all of your rights must be acknowledged and protected during the divorce process. This is why it is important to have an experienced divorce attorney that will safely guide you through this detailed legal process.

The Procedure for Getting a Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce)

A typical dissolution of marriage requires the following steps:

  1. The Petition (Family Law) is filed and personally served on the Respondent.
  2. The Respondent then has thirty days to file a Response (Family Law).
  3. One of the parties to the dissolution will usually request temporary court orders by filing for an Order to Show Cause hearing. At this hearing, the judge will make temporary child custody, support and restraining orders.
  4. The divorcing parties then engage in Discovery. This is the process by which parties of the dissolution exchange information and documents that are relevant to the case.
  5. One of the required aspects of discovery is the preparation of the Preliminary Declaration of Disclosure. This is a court form in which each party lists the community and separate property (assets to be disputed that was acquired before or after the marriage.)
  6. As part of this disclosure, the parties are also required to exchange current income and expense declarations. Other forms of discovery are interrogatories (written questions) and depositions (oral examination under penalty of perjury).
  7.  After the discovery is completed the divorcing parties and their attorneys (if they are represented) will discuss settlement of the case.
  8. If the case is resolved by agreement, one of the divorce attorneys will prepare a Marital Settlement Agreement, which will contain all of the terms of the agreement.
  9. This is a contract that is signed by the spouses and their attorneys.
  10. If the parties are not able to agree on all of the issues in the case, a trial will take place.
  11. After the parties sign the Marital Settlement Agreement or after the trial has concluded, one of the attorneys will prepare a Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage. This is the document that contains all of the court’s orders. The judgment is filed and the court mails a Notice of Entry of Judgment to each attorney.

Who Should File First in a Divorce?

Types of Divorces We Handle

Contested Divorce

To complete the divorce process you and your need to be in agreement regarding the conditions of your divorce case. This may include agreements about child custody, divisions of property, splitting assets, pets, alimony, or child support expectations. When a divorcing couple cannot come to terms on any of these issues, this what is known as a contested divorce.

Having a contested divorce does not necessarily mean you will need to attend Los Angeles County court to settle your case. As discussed in our “Rules of Divorce,” it is best to work toward a fair and healthy agreement and not flame any animosity that may possibly be present– this could cost both of you in the long run. All attorneys at our divorce firm are skilled in divorce negotiations and understand what it takes to navigate challenging dynamics during a divorce and nurture and amicable environment for the best possible outcome.


High Asset Divorce

More money, more problems, or so the saying goes. A California divorce is challenging enough, you don’t want to worry about gambling with your hard earned assets. For spouses with complex financial situations, the divorce process can be more difficult. Even in rare cordial California divorces some assets will be difficult to divide. Closely held businesses, professional practices,  retirement and insurance plans, assets held in various types of trusts,  numerous accounts and assets in different states, and other such complicated asset scenarios should not be left to the average divorce attorney.

Hiring a lawyer like Charles M. Green, who is also a former accomplished Certified Public Accountant  can give you the extra boost of confidence of knowing you are being represented by a certified California divorce specialist with financial expertise and proven ability to handle the such legal complexities in you divorce case.


LGBTQ Divorces | Domestic Partnerships

LGBTQ marriage and divorce has been recognized under California law for some years now. The state of California also acknowledges registered domestic partnerships that affords you similar rights and responsibilities. Our divorce attorneys are highly experienced  in LGBTQ divorce proceedings and are proficient with all new California family law statutes regarding this still young area of California divorce and  family law. With this new and still growing area of LGBTQ California divorce law you can be assured that our experienced lawyers will provide you with the the effective and proficient representation you deserve.


Uncontested Divorces

Contrary to popular notion,  many forget that California divorces don’t have to be contested. It is very possible for divorcing spouses to be amicable and agree on the terms for their divorce.  When divorcees agree on their divorce it is called an Uncontested Divorce. In the scenario that one of the spouses neglects to respond to being served divorce papers that is what is know as a default.

Even if you both agree on having an uncontested divorce you still have to account for the particulars of your divorce break-up. You will be required to give the court a comprehensive report about custody or support agreements, divisions of assets or property, and spousal support if necessary. The California family law court will evaluate the terms terms of your agreements and approve them should they determine the proposals are fair and in accordance with the family law statutes of the state.  Having an experienced Los Angeles divorce specialist as your attorney, will ensure that you will achieve the best and smoothest transition possible for your divorce.


Business Owner Divorce

Attorney Charles M. Green’s exposure to a variety of businesses and business executives in Los Angeles for the past 22 years couple with his financial expertise as an accomplished former CPA provides an invaluable ingredient to the divorce process. He has experience helping business owners navigate issues such as, but limited to:

  • Personal vs. business debts/expenses/assets/taxes
  • Asset, income, and debt tracing
  • Patents, pending and realized
  • Intellectual Property and Trademark issues
  • Commercial  or Residential real estate holdings
  • Family business issues
  • Division of annuity
  • Division of tax payments and IRS responsibilities
  • Artist/Recording contracts
  • Complex tax and IRS issues in the division of high asset divorce estates
  • Tax consequences of all the aforementioned issues

Essentially, the divorce process for a business owner and the wellbeing of your business can be managed intelligently if you make the right decisions early. Don’t gamble with your business’ future. You have the preeminent financial expertise of divorce attorney Charles M. Green at your disposal. 

We hope we have the privilege of serving you and your family’s best interest.

Call today for a consultation. 

 

Most California Divorces also involve these aspects..

Our divorce firm is highly experienced with multi-dimensional and complicated divorce cases. We can provide expert financial advice in drafting  you a prenuptial arrangement to sustain the integrity of the assets and property you’ve acquired and to formulate your possible spousal support commitments before you get married. If you already married and desire similar protection, there is a type of legal agreement called a PostNuptial Agreement. Perchance you or your family have been subject to domestic violence abuse and you require a temporary restraining order against the abusive spouse or parent to protect yourself. If this is the case, we can assist you in taking prompt measures to get the state-mandated protections you need.

Sometimes, part of an effective  divorce game plan is to file for Bankruptcy in order to avert significant any community property or separately accrued debts. Our Los Angeles divorce firm is skilled at traversing issues of Divorce, Bankruptcy and Taxation issues as well. Whatever divorce scenario has arised in your life, we sincerely urge you to talk and/or meet with us to understand the scope and possibilities of your case as well obtain the most legally and financially skilled divorce & family law legal representation in Los Angeles.