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Absolutely no one wants to face a potential divorce. It’s one of the hardest things you’ll ever face. The Spodek Law Group is here for you when it comes to getting advice on potential family law, and divorce issues. Our team of nationwide attorneys pride ourselves on providing high quality legal services. With offices in LA, we’re here to assist you with any – and all, potential matrimony issues you are contending with. Our lawyers are available for our clients and understand what’s at stake.

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Our Los Angeles divorce lawyers offer a risk free consultation with a fully licensed, and credible, Los Angeles divorce attorney who is here to answer any question you may have. We offer flexible payment plans, so that you don’t have to worry about your finances when choosing the Los Angeles divorce attorney attorney you want. At Spodek Law Group, we understand the stress you are feeling, and empathize. We answer calls promptly, respond to emails punctually, and take pride in offering white-glove service for all of our clients. Founding partner Todd Spodek is one of the most reputable attorneys nationwide and is frequently interviewed by the media.

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Los Angeles Divorce Lawyers

Spodek Law Group is a second generation law firm, that operates nationwide. Our team of attorneys based out of LA, has experience handling uncontested divorces and complex divorces alike. What matters is the fact that when you hire our law firm, you’re hiring a seasoned team of family law attorneys who have experience dealing with serious family law issues. We have over 50 years of combined experience practicing law, and are pleased to utilize it to help you get better results. We know how stressful family law matters can be, which is why we strive to be a guiding light and a voice of reason for our clients.

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We approach each case with a desire to tailor our approach to your needs. This is critical. No two situations are alike, just as no two people are alike. We listen carefully to your goals and concerns – and provide a tailored strategy. This strategy revolves around what we think is possible, what the law dictates, and most importantly:the outcome you’re looking for. We strive to understand where you’re coming from so we can come up with a solution that is customized to your needs. Going through a divorce can take an emotional toll, especially if you don’t have counsel that properly reflects your goals and desires. There are many steps to take into consideration from child custody to alimony, not to mention division of property. That’s where our family law attorneys step in, and take over the process. Our goal is to move you through the divorce process, so you can receive a fresh start and not be encumbered by your spouse.

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Founding partner Todd Spodek, and his team of Los Angeles divorce lawyers, is here to help guide you through this complicated time in your life. Todd has handled cases that have captivated the media spotlight, and has many years of experience handling cases in the limelight. His unique perspective is unique amongst his peers, and other attorneys you may be considering. Our teams goal is to help keep your emotions in check, and to make decisions with a sound, and reasonable, state of mind. We constantly share our experience, and expertise, so you can make the best decision possible.

Los Angeles Family Law Attorneys

Our Los Angeles family law attorneys have experience with all aspects of family law cases and divorce. Regardless of whether you need a prenuptial agreement in order to preserve your premarital property, or want a postnuptial agreement – we can help. Perhaps you, and your child, are the victims of domestic violence and need a restraining order against your spouse. We can help. We empathize, and we understand. We can take immediate action to preserve your safety, and get you the court ordered protection you need.

How Do I File for Divorce in LA

In order to get the proper forms, you have to purchase a dissolution form packet from the clerk of your county superior court. Or you can go to the California Courts website. You, or your lawyer, or your mediator, will have to prepare a Petition and a Summons. You can begin the process by filing your Petition and Summons with the clerk of the superior court in the county where you, or your spouse is residing. You have to pay a fee to file the papers unless you have a low income, and qualify for a fee waiver.

Copies of the Petition and Summons, and also a blank response, have to be officially delivered/served, to your spouse by someone other than yourself who is over 18 years old. The Summons is a paper which notifies the spouse that you are filing for divorce, and that he/she has 30 days to file a response to the divorce. In situations like this, you’ll want a Los Angeles divorce lawyer representing you and helping you.

In response to this, your spouse then will indicate what has to be resolved by the court system. For example, he/she may object to your request for spousal support, or sole custody of the children.

There are a few things that can occur after you file:

Disclosure: You have to complete disclosure declarations which provide information about your income, expenses, assets, and debts, and then have that delivered to your spouse.

Temporary orders: You, or your spouse, can ask for a hearing so that the judge can decide any issues with child custody, child visitation, child support, requests for Los Angeles divorce attorney fees, and more. Such hearings are known as Order to show cause hearings.

Agreements: You, or your spouse, and your mediator/lawyers, will work on a permanent agreement that resolves all the issues. If you do reach an agreement, you don’t have to appear in court, and a judgement based on your agreement can be entered into the court. You will have to submit a statement to the court saying the marriage is finished due to irreconcilable differences.

Trial: If you cannot reach an agreement, then you and your spouse will have to appear in court for a trial in which the judge makes the final decision.

Default: If your spouse doesn’t file a response, then you can request a default, and proceed to a default hearing to get a judgement.

If you’re looking for a divorce lawyer near Los Angeles, or any of the surrounding counties, you should know that the Spodek Law Group is here to provide you with the white glove service you want, and deserve. Divorce is complicated, so is virtually any family law related issue. With the Spodek Law Group, you’re assured a law firm that is here to help you through these challenging times. Nothing is simple when it comes to divorce. In addition to the finances, there’s a wide array of issues relating to alimony, child support, child custody, and more, that come up.

What you get with the Spodek Law Group is a loyal advocate, who will never stop fighting for what you rightfully deserve. Our philosophy is taking a conservative approach – focusing on results, not billable hours. If you are the victim of domestic violence, because your spouse goes to the liquor store frequently, we are here to help you. Most importantly, it’s knowing when to be diplomatic, and when to fight tooth and nail to get our clients what they need and what they deserve.

In addition to having office locations throughout Los Angeles, the Spodek Law Group is available to speak about complicated issues via Zoom, and other virtual solutions.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a simple process in Los Angeles for getting a divorce?

Yes. California has a legal processed called summary dissolution. If you qualify for summary dissolution, you have much less paperwork to file, and you won’t have to appear in court. You can be eligible for such a process if you, and your spouse, have agreed in writing to a division of assets and debts. In addition, the following conditions must be true:

  • You’ve been married for less than 5 years
  • You have no children from the marriage
  • Neither of you own a home/real estate
  • The value of all community property is less than $25,000
  • Your combined debt doesn’t exceed $5000
  • Both of you are waiving spousal support

Both spouses have to agree to all of the terms of the summary dissolution. Also, either of you are allowed to cancel it for any reason before the dissolution is finalized.

What are the grounds for divorce in California

In California, there are two main grounds for divorce.

  • Irreconcilable differences: You can use this on the dissolution petition, and the court will grant it.
  • Incurable insanity: This is almost never used. You need medical proof that one spouse is insane when the petition was filed, and remains incurably insane.

In addition, you, or your spouse, must have lived in CA for 6 months, and in your county for 3 months before you file a petition to dissolve the marriage. There’s no residency requirement in order to file for legal separation.

Are there rules you and your spouse have to follow during the divorce process?

Yes. There are temporary restraining orders which will go into effect ASAP when the divorce process starts. For example, neither of you can take your minor children out of the state without the other spouse’s permission, or court order. In addition, neither of you will be allowed to either cancel, or change, the beneficiary on your insurance policy or to transfer any property. You will be required to notify your spouse before any “out of the ordinary,” spending occurs. You’ll need to be prepared to account for such expenses to a judge. These requirements are listed on the back of the divorce summons.

If you’re considering divorce, you have several alternatives available

Full legal representation: You can get a divorce by hiring a Los Angeles divorce attorney to represent you in court. You can qualify for a free, or low cost, Los Angeles divorce attorney if you have little income.

Limited attorney representation: You can hire a Los Angeles divorce attorney to assist you in a limited capacity.

Mediation: You and your spouse can reach a resolution with the help of a mediator in a non-adversarial situation, and it doesn’t require you to go to court.

Self-representation: You can act as your own attorney.

Each situation has its advantages and disadvantages. The course of action you take will depend on your situation. There are many factors to consider, like time, cost, and children.

Can I get a legal separation, or annulment?

Yes! It is possible to get legal separation, or annulment, without having lived in California for 6 months, or your county for 3 months, before filing.

Legal separation: You can have religious, insurance, tax, or other reasons, for wanting a legal separation versus a dissolution. If you get legal separation, you and your spouse will remain legally married, but the court can divide your property, and issue orders relating to child custody, child visitation, child support, spousal support, and even issue a restraining order. If you live in an apartment for rent in NYC, you can force your spouse to leave it.

Annulment: If you are granted an annulment it’s as if your marriage never existed. You can get an annulment if you are married when you were a minor, without the consent of a parent/guardian, or if there were certain types of fraud/deceit involved. If you want an annulment, you will need to appear in court for a trial.

How much does the consultation cost?

We offer a risk free consultation, and can offer it over the phone, in person, or through Zoom conference.

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