What Should I Disclose to My Los Angeles Divorce Lawyer?
At the Land Legal Group, our divorce attorneys in Los Angeles work tirelessly to create solutions for each of our client’s unique divorce needs. Whether your divorce is the result of a single event, like infidelity or a criminal act, or has been something you have considered for a while, it is completely normal to fear the unknown.
You may not know what to expect from your spouse, the divorce process, or custody options if you share children. These are all things our California family law attorneys will provide straightforward advice and guidance on, so you can make informed decisions about your future.
First, we will need to know the details of your divorce petition, so we can protect your best interests. Simply put, we can only pursue the best outcome for your unique circumstances if we have all the facts.
What Does My California Divorce Attorney Need to Know About My Marriage?
Our Los Angeles divorce attorneys know how uncomfortable it may be to discuss the intimate details of your marriage and the reasons you want to dissolve it.
We are not here to judge you, or police your morality. Our experienced attorneys are here to partner with you, so there are no surprises when we begin negotiating the details of your divorce — especially if the circumstances are contentious and will likely end up being litigated in court.
Consider telling your attorney about any of the following details, and the probability of your spouse wanting to use them against you during the divorce or for custody agreement purposes, if you share minor children.
Have Either of You Had an Affair During Your Marriage?
California is a no-fault divorce state, which means you nor your spouse must prove the other has done something to harm the marriage to pursue a divorce.
However, an affair or multiple affairs that resulted in you (or your spouse) spending a significant amount of shared marital assets on the other person may result in changes to your asset and debt division.
Do You Have a History of Drug or Alcohol Abuse?
If you share children, and either spouse has impulse control problems, including alcohol, drug, or gambling addictions, it could impact child custody decisions.
Is There a History of Domestic Violence in the Marriage?
Any form of domestic abuse is taken very seriously by our Los Angeles family courts.
If you were the victim of domestic violence, it may be possible to secure protection for you and your children and potentially even fight for additional assets during the property division segment of your divorce.
If you were accused of, arrested for, or charged and convicted of domestic violence during the marriage, it could significantly alter your ability to obtain custody of your children.
If you have reason to believe your spouse may falsely accuse you of domestic violence, we will need to know that too, so we can collect all the facts and prepare your case accordingly.
Do You Have Any Hidden Assets?
Hiding assets during a divorce is against court orders and can result in serious penalties.
If you have engaged in an attempt to hide assets or participated in any financial wrongdoing to avoid splitting those assets with your spouse, we need to know about it right away.
Likewise, if you suspect your spouse of hiding assets, we should know that too, so we can investigate your claims to identify any missing funds.
Contact Our Experienced Los Angeles Divorce Attorneys at the Land Legal Group Today to Schedule a Free Consultation
Choosing the right divorce attorney begins with trust. You must trust the person who is protecting your best interests during one of the most difficult journeys you can take, so you can pursue your future with confidence.
If you are considering a divorce, but are worried about a contentious journey or that your spouse will fight for custody, contact our skilled family law attorneys in Los Angeles County today at (310) 746-5857 to learn how we can help you understand your rights and create solutions for moving forward.