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Divorce Lawyers Serving Ventura County, Oxnard, & Surrounding Areas

Divorce is a complicated process to go through, mentally, emotionally, and financially. However, you can take on some things with the proper legal counsel and representation. At SANTO MEHAS, A Professional Law Corporation, our divorce lawyers pride ourselves on providing compassionate and comprehensive divorce services serving Ventura, CA, with a holistic approach.

With an unwavering dedication to our clients, our Ventura divorce lawyers go above and beyond to ensure we exceed our client’s expectations at every step.

Contact Our Attorneys Online or Call Us at (805) 222-7818 and Let Us Know How Our Family Law Lawyers Serving Ventura County Can Assist With Your Divorce!

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Do You Need a Lawyer for Divorce in Ventura?

Hiring a Ventura County divorce attorney is not a requirement to divorce. There are ways to file on your own and represent yourself. However, retaining the right services of an experienced family law attorney proudly serving Ventura, CA, is always recommended. A skilled family law attorney can help you navigate the complex areas of law that pertain to any divorce.

It is a common misconception that hiring a family law attorney will cause your divorce to become lengthier and more costly. On the contrary, our certified family law lawyers have compassion and respect for all our clients who are going through this difficult time. Therefore, we examine opportunities that will help expedite your divorce without overlooking critical steps.

How Can a Divorce Attorney Help Me?

  • We can handle all the excess paperwork and legal documents that may seem overwhelming
  • We develop strategies that tailor to your priorities and needs
  • We will recommend which family law issues are worth your time pursuing
  • If there are assets that your spouse may be hiding, we can help discover them

Our objective is to save you time and headache. We will work with you every step of the way to achieve both short and long-term results.

Adversarial, Litigated Divorce Services

Although the collaborative legal process can be an effective resolution for some clients, it is only suitable for some cases. For some divorce cases, an amicable resolution is not possible. Litigated dispute resolution is sometimes the only option that can overwhelm a family.

This is when it becomes critical to retain an experienced family law attorney you can trust if your spouse tries to take advantage of you.

Our family law attorneys have more than 70 years of legal experience representing clients with all their divorce and legal separation needs.

Sophisticated Representation for High-Asset Divorces

If your divorce involves a considerable amount of wealth or high-value assets, it’s important to seek the right kind of legal representation that can take these factors into account. Rest assured that SANTO MEHAS A Professional Law Corporation has the legal experience, knowledge, and skill to help you protect your financial interests.

Identifying Community and Separate Property

California law requires an equal split of all community assets and debts. With this in mind, we must assist you in identifying which property is yours to take separately and which belongs to the community for equal division. We can use the services of consultants like forensic accountants and tax professionals to help us make these distinctions and argue for your right to a specific property in your divorce.

California Child Support & Alimony in High-Asset Divorce

Likewise, child and spousal support might play a role in your divorce. High-income earners like you and your spouse can face a more complicated legal process when calculating these support payments. Our attorneys, however, can help you identify and consider multiple income sources to get a fair and accurate picture of what you are owed or should pay.

What Is the Process for Getting Divorced in California?

If you do not qualify for a summary dissolution, a typical divorce consists of the following steps:

  1. One spouse will file for divorce and serve the other divorce papers.
  2. The spouse who was served has 30 days to file a response.
  3. One spouse may request a temporary child custody, child support, and/or restraining order if needed.
  4. The spouses go through a discovery period where they prepare the Preliminary Declaration of Disclosure, disclosing information about their finances, assets, property, and debts.
  5. 5. If each spouse has an attorney, they will all discuss a settlement.
  6. If the case is resolved with legal agreements, one attorney will prepare a Marital Settlement Agreement and each spouse, along with their attorneys, will sign this.
  7. If a settlement cannot be reached, the case will be taken to court.

Once a settlement has been reached – whether by a Marital Settlement Agreement or court order– a judge will issue a Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage.

How to Get Divorce in Ventura County?

You have to file signed and dated documents at the Ventura County Clerk. First, pay the filing cost and take copies of the submitted divorce papers. Then, ask a family member or a friend to complete the service process. They can hand-deliver or mail the legal documents and additional forms to your ex-spouse throughout Ventura County, CA.

Is It Better to File for Divorce First in California?

It does not matter who files first for divorce in California because it is a no-fault state. Considering no spouse needs evidence of any "cause" for divorce aside from "irreconcilable difference," there is no impact or challenges either party faces filing for divorce first.

How Long Does It Take to Get Divorced/End a Domestic Partnership in California?

The CA divorce process takes at least six months to finalize and starts once one spouse files for divorce and serves the other party with divorce papers. Therefore, it may take longer to finalize a divorce in California, but it will not be shorter than six months to complete.

Is California a Community Property State?

When it comes time to divide property during a divorce, all community property will be divided equally, or 50-50, in the state of California. California is a community property state, meaning all property and debt acquired from the date of marriage until the date of legal separation is subject to this type of division.

All community assets will either be divided according to the couple’s agreement, or, if they cannot reach an agreement, by the court in CA.

Mediation Services

At SANTO MEHAS A Professional Law Corporation, we also offer mediation services led by attorney Donna Carol Santo, a certified specialist, Family Law California Board of Legal Specialization and certified mediator through the Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law.

Known as alternative dispute resolution, divorce mediation is led by a neutral, third-party individual who helps you and your spouse come to legal agreements regarding any issues you have about spousal support, child custody, and more.

Our Promise as Your Ventura Divorce Lawyers

Our Ventura divorce lawyers can handle all aspects of a divorce, whether collaborative or adversarial in nature. We can litigate with aggression, or negotiate with compassion, employing whatever method is in your best interest.

Protect your children. Protect your family, now.

Contact us online or give our law offices a call at (805) 222-7818 and let us know how we can assist with your divorce or separation.

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Helping Families in Ventura Through Life's Difficult Choices

Our Values

Why Our Firm Is the Right Choice
  • Holistic Approach

    We aim to resolve conflict so you and your family can move on peacefully. We approach all aspects of a case, including the emotional, financial, and mental components, and advocate with you throughout.

  • Collaboration

    Collaborative divorce can be a great option for spouses looking to share joint custody of their child/children and the court looks favorably on this decision. When possible, we strive to come to a resolution that will benefit both spouses.

  • Children Come First

    We respect the fact that our clients trust us with important life-decisions. We strive to be as understanding and empathetic as we can with you and treat you like we would treat a close family member.

  • Compassionate Legal Services

    We respect the fact that our clients trust us with important life-decisions. We strive to be as understanding and empathetic as we can with you and treat you like we would treat a close family member.