Last year, according to Forbes Magazine, 689,308 divorces occurred across the 45 U.S. states that reported these statistics. During the same year, 1,985,072 marriages occurred, making the U.S. marriage rate six per 1,000 people.
At the Land Legal Group, our divorce attorneys in Los Angeles know while that is true, overall, as the American Psychological Association reports, approximately 40-50% of first marriages end in divorce. The divorce rate for second marriages is even higher, with approximately 60-67% of second marriages ending in divorce.
Our California family law attorneys understand those who do separate from their partners and begin their journey to divorce are approaching a difficult process — even when it is the right decision.
While many family members and friends are there to provide support, based on what they know or have experienced, they may be unable to provide actionable advice regarding your case.
Here, we discuss three professionals who are equipped to advise you on the challenging aspects of California divorces.
Divorcing Californians Have More than Friends and Family They Can Turn To For Help
There may be nothing better than getting the emotions, frustrations, and challenges associated with a divorce off your chest by talking to a close friend or family member about your journey. Your support system can provide exceptional encouragement during your time of need.
However, unless they have the education, skills, and resources to provide expert advice and guidance in three crucial categories, it is best to leave it to the professionals.
Divorce can take significant physical, mental, and emotional tolls on a person’s mind and body, leaving them feeling stressed and anxious — maybe even depressed or defeated.
A professional family therapist, psychologist, or psychiatrist can help provide the tools you need to handle the stress and anxiety that accompany some divorce proceedings.
- Financial Consultants.
Before you can divide your assets per California’s community and separate property laws during a divorce, you must know everything there is to know about your marital assets and debts.
A financial consultant can help you determine which items were obtained during the marriage, which were gifts to either party and what legally belongs to you or your spouse so you can divide them accordingly.
Once you understand the totality of your assets and debts, your financial future will become more clear.
- An experienced California family law attorney.
Partnering with a skilled Los Angeles divorce and family law attorney will ensure your rights are protected from the start of your case. We will also provide the legal advice and guidance you need to reach mutual decisions regarding all necessary issues like property division, spousal support, child custody, parenting plans, and child support. If you and your spouse cannot reach a mutual decision on your divorce details, we will represent your best interests during mediation or inside the courtroom.
Including these professionals as a part of your team can help you avoid costly mistakes during your divorce and keep the process on track so you can confidently move forward.