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Attorneys handle domestic concerns throughout Southern California

Choosing the right family law attorney can make a positive difference in your life. In Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties, O’Leary & Shenasan Law gives clients the knowledge and support they need to move past a difficult time. Located in Newport Beach, we handle a full range of legal matters pertaining to matrimonial and parenting concerns. Whether you’re considering a divorce, battling over child support or seeking advice on a prenuptial agreement, our firm delivers exceptional counsel and service in a highly professional setting.

Effective Orange County advocates advise on each aspect of divorce cases

Our experienced attorneys give divorcing spouses the knowledge they need to make smart decisions about their future. We make sure that you understand each facet of divorce in this state, including:

  • No-fault divorce — California does not permit spouses to file for dissolution of marriage by alleging that the other party has committed marital misconduct, such as adultery. Divorces are granted on the grounds that there are irreconcilable differences between the spouses.
  • Spousal support — Sometimes referred to as “alimony,” spousal support can be awarded to a wife or husband who lacks the capacity to maintain their standard of living once the marriage ends. The duration of the union is a key factor in determining whether spousal support is granted and how long it will continue.
  • Community property — California is a community property state, which means that assets accumulated during the marriage typically become part of the shared marital estate and are divided in divorce. If a disagreement exists over valuation, whether something should be classified as separate property, or the effect of a prenuptial agreement, we can explain how the law applies.

Don’t wait to get the information you need to make informed decisions about your future. Our firm offers a free initial consultation to help you get started.

Diligent firm seeks appropriate child custody and visitation terms

When possible, determinations concerning legal and physical custody of minor children should be resolved through consensus. If that can’t be done, courts try to craft a solution that is in the child’s best interests and provides for meaningful contact with each parent. Should the case go to a judge, many factors will be evaluated, including the fitness of each parent, criminal or substance abuse history, and the ability to maintain continuity and stability in the child’s life. If a child is old enough to make a mature decision about custody, courts may consider the child’s preference as well. Our lawyers will focus on your son’s or daughter’s well-being and work toward fair, detailed visitation arrangements for the parent not awarded physical custody.

Lawyers advise on child support establishment, enforcement and modification

In most cases, California courts base child support payments on a formula that takes into account both parents’ income, health insurance premiums and childcare costs, among other factors. Despite this detailed review to determine how much child support one parent must pay the other when they no longer share a home, disputes do occur. We ensure that accurate information is used in the establishment of child support rates and that income is not being hidden. Our firm also advocates for parents during enforcement actions and when changes in circumstances trigger a modification request.

Experienced attorneys create fair prenuptial and postnuptial agreements

Dissolving a marriage is hard enough. Fighting over spousal support and property division creates an additional emotional and financial strain. Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements help couples avoid unnecessary aggravation in the event their union ends in divorce. Our firm works closely with clients to foster honest communication and establish terms that both sides are comfortable with. Certain requirements must be met to ensure that your marital agreement is enforceable, so it’s important to obtain assistance from a qualified family law attorney. We can both draft and review these agreements to protect your financial rights.

Contact a knowledgeable California family lawyer for a free consultation

O’Leary & Shenasan Law advises clients throughout Southern California on various family law issues, such as divorces and child support matters. We serve clients in Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties. Please call 866-238-3623 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation at our Newport Beach office.

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  • Newport Beach Office
    20162 SW Birch Street
    Suite 375
    Newport Beach, California 92260
    Phone: 866-238-3623
    Fax: 949-200-6585