Geller Conrad LLP
Orange County DIVORCE and FAMILY Lawyers
Welcome. We are glad you found us. Divorce is less about undoing the past and more about creating a positive, workable future. You will find useful information, guidance and resources throughout this website.
In many ways, divorce is a process of making decisions: Who gets what, who has what obligations, for how much and for how long? The way in which you and your spouse arrive at these decisions can be greatly influenced by the experience and competence of the attorneys you choose to work with and by the avenues you pursue to dissolve your marriage.
Whether you can reach a successfully negotiated settlement or need to seek court intervention by trial, careful and thorough preparation of your case and understanding your goals will result in positive results for you.
GELLER CONRAD LLP lawyers are well known and are tough negotiators and competent trial attorneys. We are dedicated and committed to the fair representation of your rights, enhanced by high integrity, knowledge and experience in family law. Family law comprises more than ninety percent of our practice.
GELLER CONRAD LLP staff members are professional, experienced, responsive and understanding of your needs.
Whether your community property marital estate is one of high asset value, or your divorce or legal separation revolves around child custody issues and issues of support, we are in a position to provide you with sound, pragmatic advice and strong representation.
Why Hire a Family Lawyer?
If you have been served with a divorce or are already in the process of one, then you may already be aware of the complexity of the proceedings that lie ahead. Although doing it yourself may seem tempting, the chances of a form being filed incorrectly or a misunderstanding occurring can not only end up delaying your case but costing a considerable sum of money as well. In order to properly protect your interests and substantially mitigate risk, representation by a family attorney is essential. Here are a few good reasons why:
One of the main reasons family attorneys are retained is to ensure that the forms and court documents are filled out and submitted correctly. Even a "tiny" mistake can cause the paperwork to be sent back, costing not only the court time and money, but you as well. Paperwork errors can also effect your rights as the divorce proceeds. One or two simple mistakes can easily end up costing you more than the initial cost of retaining a lawyer.
Ensure You're Getting What You Deserve
Family law varies from state to state, so it's imperative to know exactly what you're entitled to in a divorce. For instance, in some states, spouses are entitled to their partner's pension and retirement benefits, leading to a potential court date in the future if not properly addressed the first time. The laws regarding the division of property and assets are not necessarily "50-50" as well - any error or lack in preparation can result in an unfavorable judgment, costing you not only your assets but possibly more time in court attempting to have it appealed.
As if the divorce process was not already complex, it often leads to even more daunting issues such as child custody and spousal support. An attorney will help you fight for the correct child custody order and an spousal support amount that's fair - tackling these issues yourself runs the risk of receiving an unfavorable judgment that could see you paying an unfair amount with little to no access to your children.
A Personal Mediator and Negotiator
Negotiating can easily become emotional, especially when it is with a current or former spouse. Having a lawyer handle the negotiations process not only reduces stress and saves time, but ensures that emotions don't interfere with the process and the outcome. Lawyers are professional negotiators and know what exactly you are entitled to and how to ensure that you get it so that you're not left with an incomplete or unfair settlement.
Agreements between both sides will likely be achieved much more quickly if utilizing the services of an attorney, allowing not only your case, but the courts to run more efficiently as well. Family attorneys can answer any questions you may have, bringing clarity to the process as well as reducing stress on your part.
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