Below are some answers to questions about family law I frequently hear around town.
Q: My spouse and I agree on everything, but we don’t have the time or money to go to court to get divorced. What can I do?
-Overworked Husband in Dublin, CA
A: Many divorces do not require either spouse to ever appear in a courtroom, or even step inside a courthouse. In fact, we can handle your entire divorce by phone and email if that works best for your schedule. If you and your spouse already agree on everything, then we can prepare the required forms and follow the proper procedures to finalize the divorce quickly, cheaply, and painlessly.
Q: I worked for (company name redacted) for our whole marriage and my retirement plan is worth $xxxxx now. Since I earned that money myself, I get to keep it right?
-Longtime employee in San Ramon, CA
A: The short-answer is probably not. In California, both spouses are equally entitled to all retirement benefits earned during marriage. This protects the lower-earning spouse, or the stay-at-home parent, who would otherwise be penalized for not working, or not earning as much as their counterpart.
Q: There are a lot of family law attorneys out there. What makes you different?
-Potential client in East Bay, CA
A: Compassion and empathy. Many of my family law clients are going through severe emotional and financial upheaval at this change in their lives. I listen and respect each and every client, from the smallest case to the largest, from the wealthiest to the ones struggling to pay their bills. The court system is not designed for compassion, so it is my goal to offer as much as I can in my practice. And, if I cannot help you, for whatever reason, I will guide you to someone who can.