Divorce Lawyer Serving Los Angeles And Surrounding Areas
If you or your spouse wants to file for divorce, you should educate yourself prior to the date of separation. That is the date on which one party forms an intent to end the marriage and acts on it. If you notice that your spouse has become more controlling of the finances or time with the children, his or her actions may be in preparation for filing a petition for divorce. This is the time to contact an attorney to discuss your rights and methods and to protect yourself by obtaining copies of key financial documents, including:
- Individual income tax returns with attachments for the previous three years
- Documents evidencing income since the last individual income tax return
- Corporate and partnership tax returns for the previous three years, if applicable
- Financial statements for the previous three years, if applicable
- Current statements, including bank, brokerage and retirement accounts
- Documents evidencing debt, including mortgage and credit cards
At the Law Offices of Karen P. Donahoe, we will not only guide you through the progression of divorce from the date of separation to final resolution, but we will assist you as you make decisions for your future. We know this is not an easy time. You and your spouse will agree on some issues and disagree on others. We will advise you as to what your best options are and how to achieve your desired outcome.
Helping You With Dissolution Of Marriage Through Mediation Or Litigation
Divorce generally has two modes of operation — mediation and litigation. Couples may be able to mediate some issues while others require litigation. We will help you through the process as your case develops, always keeping your best interests in mind.
Mediation: The couple goes through mediation before a neutral mediator, generally with the assistance of counsel, to arrive at an amicable, equitable settlement.
Litigation: The parties, for a variety of reasons, are unable to go through a successful mediation to resolve issues and end up litigating all or a portion of those issues. After litigating initial issues, an intractable spouse may realize the benefits of mediation and choose to use it to resolve further disagreements.
Contact A Lawyer For Skilled Guidance Through The Divorce Process
Call the Law Offices of Karen P. Donahoe at 424-270-0546 or contact us online for more information about our services. From our offices in Los Angeles, we provide representation to clients in Santa Monica, Westside, Brentwood and throughout Southern California.