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California Divorce Law is one of the most complex and difficult areas of law practice. Whatever is 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 dissolution attorneys in California and now going on 20 years of quality legal representation. He is highly effective and capable of representing you in the Los Angeles Superior Court system for all aspects of a California Divorce. As a Certified California Family Law Specialist (CFLS), Charles M. Green has established his credentials through extensive litigation experience, rigorous independent testing, continuing legal education and peer reviews.

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Charles M. Green is Certified as a Family Law Specialist through the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California.

A Certified Family Law Specialist must pass an extensive written examination in the variety of subjects that are family law, be approved by a peer review process and show proficiency in Family Law by having represented clients in a sufficient number of Family Law cases with varying degrees of complexity. Continuing education is required to maintain this specialty designation.

Charles Green also has prior experience as a Certified Public Accountant. This combination of legal and financial experience and education makes Charles M. Green uniquely qualified to represent clients in the most complex of financial issues that are found in...

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Grounds for a California Divorce

In order to file for a California Divorce, a couple must have lived in the state 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.

 California is a “No Fault”  State

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 California. 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.

Value of Financial Expertise in a Divorce Proceeding

Years ago, when Charles M. Green transitioned from a career in finance and accounting to become on of the top Los Angeles divorce lawyers, his MBA and CPA background formed the foundation for his success. High net worth individuals often choose Mr. Green to represent them in their divorce / dissolution proceedings. His understanding of accounting and finance provides them with a number of advantages.

First, Mr. Green can correctly value the client’s assets. He understands the financial implications of different types of business structures that might be in the community property. This allows him to present the client’s holdings more accurately as part of mediation or court proceedings.

Second, Mr. Green can save his divorce client’s money by handling this valuation in-house. Usually, a client would have to hire numerous financial professionals to get the level of expertise that Mr. Green and his staff are able to provide; many other attorneys would need to work with forensic accountants just to explain these complex holdings.

Finally, Mr. Green’s extensive business background allows him to determine which assets might be endangered if they were included as part of the negotiations. Entrepreneurs who rely on regular income streams or certain bank accounts want to make sure that these assets aren’t frozen or divided. Being among Los Angeles’ elite divorce lawyers he can help clients structure pay only what is fair in support and minimize their obligations. California divorce proceedings often cover a range of issues. Most dissolution cases in Los Angeles address issues pertaining to child custody, support issues, division of property, or even domestic violence.

Addition Divorce Advice and Practice Areas

Our divorce firm also has experience with less-frequent but sometimes very complicated family law cases. We can provide expert financial advice in drafting 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 PostNuptial 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 Los Angeles divorce 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  divorce advice and legal representation available in Los Angeles.

  • “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.”

    Kat C.
  • “Mr. Green’s team was outstanding to say the least. Not only do they conduct themselves professionally, they are also genuine caring people. I consider myself blessed to have scored such a great attorney. Thanks Charles!”

    Andre 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!”

    Laura E.
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The 9 Rules of a California Divorce

California divorces can be smooth, diplomatic transitions or they can be tumultuous and emotionally charged. The divorce process for most divorcing couples is somewhere in the middle of that spectrum. However, when the process does take on an extreme form it is usually to the negative.

We are all unique individuals possessing unique life experiences. Some of us have experiences more challenging than the next person and  with that, some individuals having the privilege of knowing how to manage those challenges better than others. Romantic relationships often distract individuals from acknowledging and working on their personal, buried, emotional wounds. Consequently, during a break-up these unresolved issues will trigger intense emotions and inhibit logical thinking.

We understand the onslaught of inciting thoughts and emotions you may be facing. However,  for the greater good of everyone involved, including yourself,  conscious effort should made to keep the negativity in check. Easier said than done of course, right?..

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Hiring a Divorce Law Firm ? Best Practices

Who you select among the many divorce lawyers in the market is probably the most important decision you will make in your divorce case. Ideally you want an attorney who is dynamic, sensitive to your budget, and is proficient at achieving an early settlement. If you play your cards right and do the research you can obtain a well qualified attorney for your divorce case.

Interview at least three (3) Los Angeles divorce lawyers. While a recommendation from your neighbor, hairdresser, or associate is nice, it is wise to not act from that advice alone regardless if it is positive or negative. By all means still consider that attorney but don’t make the mistake of dropping an attorney because of negative advice,  during divorce cases a person’s judgment is often affected by adverse emotions and anger. A great resource to utilize in your search for good divorce lawyers in your area is your local bar association or a reputable attorney directory such as Avvo.

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