Family Law Attorney in the
Greater Sacramento Area
As an experienced family law attorney, I understand that family law disputes are never easy. The issues are challenging to solve in the best of circumstances when everyone is amicable. Still, a divorce, child custody, or spousal support, often referred to as alimony, can bring out the worst in people. Emotions are fraught and tense, and you may not be thinking clearly.
While marriage is seen as a union, a divorce is a business transaction to divide the marital assets and decide the custody of your children. Whether you are considering divorce, another situation or you have questions regarding the custody of your children, I will be a zealous legal advocate in your corner. As a skilled family law attorney, it is an honor to help your family with the most precious thing in your life: your children.
California breaks custody into two categories: physical and legal custody, as in other states. Legal custody means the parent who makes the critical decisions for your children regarding health, education, and welfare. Legal custody can be joint, meaning both parents have the right to make decisions, or one parent can have the sole responsibility.
Physical custody determines where the children will live. Even if the parents share joint physical custody, one parent usually has slightly more time. However, one parent can also be given sole physical custody.
In California, the court looks at the child’s best interest when determining a child custody plan. That means that a judge will look at a child’s age, health, emotional connections to each parent, any abuse, and ties to the community in Roseville, California, as well as Sacramento, Placer County, El Dorado County, or Yolo.
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While child custody is an issue that you may lose sleep over, spousal support is a topic you may not have ever thought about. Spousal support is alimony, and it refers to monthly recurring payments that one spouse makes to the other when they separate or divorce. The court will determine maintenance based on the length of the marriage, whether both spouses can financially support themselves, the lifestyle they are accustomed to, and the ability of the requesting spouse to find a job.
Your case will depend on whether you are the supporting or the receiving spouse. For example, as the supporting spouse, or the spouse who pays the alimony, you want to prove that your spouse has the education, training, and the ability to support themselves. You can also prove that alimony should only be temporary because your spouse only needs to adjust to their new lifestyle or receive further training to make up for their new income.
On the other hand, if you happen to be the receiving spouse, you will need to demonstrate to the court that alimony is essential for your way of life. Perhaps you have sacrificed your career to take care of the home or your children?
The court also regards the length of the marriage as a critical indicator. The court still awards spousal support in a shorter marriage, although commonly, the longer the marriage, the more likely a judge will grant alimony.
Family law problems can be incredibly complex. During this time, you need a knowledgeable attorney on your side to provide the representation you need in your family law matters. At the Law Office of Alexandra L. Myers, we have the expertise to handle your case skillfully and compassionately. I exclusively concentrate on family law and counsel clients through matters of divorce, custody, separation, domestic violence restraining orders, among others. Call me today to discuss your legal case in Roseville, CA, Sacramento, Placer County, El Dorado County, or Yolo.
Family Law Attorney in the Greater Sacramento Area
Your family’s best interests come first in all your family law matters at The Law Office of Alexandra L. Myers. I will provide counsel and skilled legal advice in California for divorce, child custody, and alimony, among other issues. Our office is a guiding hand when you need it most.