San Diego Divorce Attorney

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Almost everyone knows someone—a friend or a family member—who has been through a divorce.  Divorces often are emotionally and financially trying.  Sometimes, it is helpful to know a little bit about the legal process, which is what this article is about.  Every situation is unique.  Be sure to use the approach that fits you.

Whether you are deciding if you need an attorney or you are trying to avoid common mistakes, the following information will help make your decisions about divorce a little easier.

Do I Need an Attorney?

Answering this question requires understanding the complexity of your personal situation. Some things to consider:

  • How long have you been married?
  • Do you have children?
  • Have you acquired significant assets or debts?
  • What issues are most likely to be disputed?
  • How well are you getting along with your spouse through the divorce process?

If you have not been married long, do not have children or any significant assets or debts, and you are communicating well with your spouse, you may be able to use self-help resources.

The biggest pitfall, however, is that you do not know what you do not know!   In other words, self-help resources do not teach you what your rights are or how to adequately protect your rights.

An attorney is probably necessary to assist you with for more complex or disputed matters, such as the disputed parenting time, support of children, shifting ownership of a home, the assignment of marital debts, separating bank accounts and retirement assets, and valuation of small business.

As the old saying goes, “the devil is in the details”.  Without the attention of an experienced attorney, you may end up with an incomplete, incorrect, or even worse, an unenforceable Judgment.  Leigh A. Kretzschmar brings more than 20 years of experience to your personal situation to ensure that your court orders and Judgment are well thought out, specific and enforceable.

Lastly, it is important to work with an attorney you feel comfortable with, who will educate you about how the divorce process works, and keep you informed about how California divorce law applies to your personal circumstances.  To assist you in your decision-making process, Leigh A. Kretzschmar offers a free 30-minute initial consultation, which may be in person or by telephone.

How Do I Prepare for A Consultation with An Attorney?

To get the most out of your initial consultation, you should first take some time to prioritize your concerns and needs and gather a strong base of information.  Examples of information or documents which will be useful in this consultation are:

  • Copies of any papers already filed with the court;
  • The date and time of any future court dates;
  • The sources of income for you and your spouse;
  • A basic understanding of the assets and debts that you have acquired during marriage;
  • A list of the issues you believe will be most difficult for you and your spouse to resolve.

This kind of information, combined with Leigh A. Kretzschmar’s knowledge of the legal process and the San Diego family law courts, will help make your initial consultation productive and provide an opportunity to discuss alternatives uniquely available to you.

To schedule your consultation, contact Leigh A. Kretzschmar at (619) 231-9323.  Appointments may be conducted in person in San Diego, CA; or, by telephone for clients outside of San Diego, California.

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