Woodland Hills Divorce Lawyer

Extensively Experienced Trial Lawyer to Advocate for Your Rights

Divorce can be one of the most mentally and emotionally taxing legal situations to go through. Attorney Ali Ziai understands how overwhelming this process can be, so he aims to facilitate a comfortable and calming office atmosphere for clients to discuss their divorce concerns openly and assuredly. He has extensive trial experience, including 12 years as a prosecutor, so he knows how to build an effective trial strategy to your advantage. Let the Law Office of Ali Ziai help you through the California divorce process; when you work with our firm, you can expect integrity, experience, and a tenacious fight for your rights.

Schedule a free consultation with our firm to learn more. Call (818) 600-6477 or reach us online. Farsi services are available.

Filing for Divorce in California

California is a “no-fault” divorce state, which means either spouse may file for divorce without a fault-based reason (e.g., adultery) for separation. They merely need to cite “irreconcilable differences” and that they cannot get along. Either spouse must also meet the residency requirement of living in the state for at least six months (or 180 days) and in the filing county for at least three months prior to filing.

Some divorce forms you should expect to fill out include:

  • Petition – Marriage/Domestic Partnership (Form FL-100)
  • Summons (Family Law) (Form FL-110)
  • Property Declaration (Family Law) (Form FL-160), if there is not enough room in the petition to list property and debts
  • Declaration Under Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (FL-105/GC-120), if you have children under 18 years old together
  • Child Custody and Visitation (Parenting Time) Application Attachment (Form FL-311), if you want the court to make a custody and visitation order

Note that it generally takes six months before a divorce will be finalized by a judge.

“What sets Ali apart from some of the other attorneys I have had experience with, and probably from most attorneys, actually, are his communication skills and his compassion for his clients.”

Resolving Divorce Disputes

The most complex and time-consuming part of divorce is perhaps the process of resolving the ensuing divorce disputes, such as child custody, child support, and property division issues. You may settle these matters outside of court in direct negotiations with your spouse, and you may also negotiate in mediation with a third-party mediator. However, if you and your spouse are not cooperative or cannot agree on a settlement together, you will have to go to trial for the court to make the final decision on all your unresolved disputes.

When making a child custody decision, the court will generally do what is in the child’s best interests, which includes factors like:

  • The child’s age
  • The child’s health
  • The emotional ties between the parents and the child
  • The ability of the parents to care for the child
  • Any history of family violence or substance abuse; 
  • The child’s ties to their school, home, and community

To calculate child support, the court will look primarily at each parent’s income and how much time they spend with the children.

Property division disputes may be particularly complex for couples with high-value assets or multiple properties. As a result, it is important to enlist the help of an experienced trial lawyer to protect your property rights in your negotiations in and out of court. 

When approaching property division negotiations, the court will distinguish between community (marital) property that is divisible and separate property owned by only one spouse that is not subject to division. Community property may be the family home and shared retirement assets, and separate property may be one spouse’s sole inheritance. After making this determination, all parties will assign monetary values to each community property and, from there, proceed to division.

One way that spouses may decide to divide assets in California is by allowing one spouse to “buy out” the other’s share of an asset or by selling the assets and dividing the proceeds. Some couples may also decide to continue holding property together after the divorce for financial purposes. This may also be the case for couples who are interested in keeping the family home until their minor children are grown.

If you are currently going through a divorce or intend to file for divorce, contact the Law Office of Ali Ziai immediately for legal support. We can help you through every step of the process, from filing the divorce forms, to negotiating child custody, to protecting your property rights and assets of value. We understand the significant impact that divorce can have on your future, so we are prepared to litigate for your family’s best interests in court. Your family is in safe hands with our firm.

Call (818) 600-6477 or contact the Law Office of Ali Ziai online for a free consultation to get started.

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