Established Divorce Law Firm Advocates for the Rights of Clients in the Bay Area
Helping clients with a range of personal and economic issues
The decisions made during a divorce case can have a profound effect on your life for decades to come, so your choice of attorney is vital to protecting your future. At the Law Offices of Lisa M. Dugoni, APC, we understand how complex these matters can be and are dedicated to providing our clients with comprehensive representation and personalized attention during divorce. The skilled family law attorneys at our firm have more than 30 years of combined experience practicing law in California, and we understand how to represent clients in contested, uncontested and high-asset divorce cases.
Guiding you through the California divorce process
California is a no-fault divorce state, which means a judge does not hold either party accountable for the end of the marriage. After we help you file the initial paperwork, we take you through the rest of the steps, including:
- Spousal support -- The court looks at the financial circumstances between you and your spouse and decides on an effective spousal support plan during a divorce. Our office helps with the establishment, enforcement and modification of any alimony plan you are given.
- Child support -- Similar to spousal support, the court has a hand in establishing a proper child support amount after a divorce. Our firm helps to make sure the amount is fair in the best interest of the child.
- Child custody -- Your child deserves to be raised in a happy and healthy environment, and our firm works in the best interests of your child to establish an effective custody agreement.
Handling a range of divorce issues
Every divorce case we handle is unique, but our attorneys have the knowledge to take on your case no matter the circumstances. At the Law Offices of Lisa M. Dugoni, APC, we represent clients dealing with the following types of divorce cases:
- Contested divorce
- Uncontested divorce
- High-asset divorce
What is a contested divorce?
A contested divorce simply means that you and your spouse disagree about one or more of the details involved in your case. This conflict can prolong the divorce proceedings by leading to litigation rather than a more amicable settlement. This isn't the ideal situation for any case, but there are times when a contested divorce is unavoidable, especially if you think the current circumstances do not bode well for your best interests.
At the Law Offices of Lisa M. Dugoni, our experienced family lawyers examine the details of your case, and if it's necessary to go to litigation, we defend your rights in court. The decisions made during a divorce case can affect your life for years to come, so it's important to be represented by a law firm that knows how to advocate on your behalf in front of a judge.
Which issues can be contested?
Any time you are going through a divorce, it's important to know how each individual issue associated with your case can affect you. Contesting your divorce makes the process longer and more complicated, but our firm can help you seek the best results for your future. The most common issues contested in a divorce are:
These issues can have a lasting effect on both your personal and financial future, but when you come to us for legal assistance, we work to secure the best results for you.
Benefits of an uncontested divorce
There is no easy way to get a divorce, but if you and your spouse can go through with an uncontested divorce, it can save both of you time, money and stress. In addition, mutual divorce agreements allow you and your spouse to move forward in a positive direction and maintain a harmonious relationship, which is important when children are involved. Uncontested divorces also have the added benefit of avoiding stressful court dates in some cases. Oftentimes, clients can get their issues settled by mail or through their respective attorneys with very little court interference.
Securing a division of high assets
California is a community property state, meaning that marital assets are considered the property of both parties and are split equally during a divorce. However, anything you purchased outside your marriage is yours to keep, along with assets bequeathed to you in a will. We help clients gather the necessary evidence to prove ownership of property, inheritance or any other assets gained outside the marriage.
The skill to safeguard your interests
At the Law Offices of Lisa M. Dugoni, we help clients protect their most valuable belongings, including:
In certain cases, any debt owed on these assets is also split between both parties. By working with various professionals to assess your finances, we determine the proper value of your estate to make sure all of your assets are properly appraised before being divided.
Get the divorce representation you need today
To talk to a committed divorce firm serving San Jose, San Mateo and all of the Bay Area, call the Law Offices of Lisa M. Dugoni, APC at 650-356-1180 or contact us online to schedule an appointment today.