California Appellate Court Rules CalPERS Credit Is Community Property (In Re Marriage Of Green)

In a case of first impression, a California appellate court was asked to consider how to classify four years of credit in the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) that a husband by the name of Timothy Green elected to purchase with community money during his marriage to his wife Julie. Timothy was able to purchase this credit due to four years of military service that he performed prior to the marriage. The trial court held that since the military service was prior to the marriage, the credit purchased during the marriage was Timothy’s separate property but that Julie could receive reimbursement of community property money that was spent on the credit. However, the appellate court reversed the trial court’s decision and ruled that the four years of credit was community property was community property because it was purchased with funds during the marriage and Julie was entitled to more than just a reimbursement.

The Court held in its decision that was filed on May 16, 2012:

Here, the military service credit was indisputably purchased during the marriage with community funds. We agree with Julie that because the contractual right to receive four additional years of retirement credit based on premarital military service was obtained during the marriage, it was “stamped a community asset from then on”…notwithstanding the fact that the credit was based on service that predated the marriage…”

Farzad Family Law stays on top of California Appellate and Supreme Court decisions that affect divorce and family law. Contact us today for a case strategy session to go over the facts of your Orange County divorce and family law case. Our lawyers are intelligent and experienced and ready to help you.

Warmest Regards,

B. Robert Farzad
FARZAD FAMILY LAW, APC
Orange County Divorce & Family Law Attorneys
1851 E. 1st Street, Suite 1150
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Telephone: (714) 937-1193
Facsimile: (714) 937-1192
email: robert@farzadlaw.com

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Planning For Lawyer’s Fees And Costs In Orange County Divorce Cases

Understanding and planning for the costs of  an Orange County dissolution, paternity and other family law litigation is as important as knowing your rights and responsibilities with respect to the ultimate issues of custody, visitation, support and the division of community assets and debts.  Farzad Family Law provides case strategy sessions during which we assess potential costs for clients including not only anticipated attorneys fees and court costs, but potentially expert fees, court investigator fees and other costs of litigation.

Some spouses are eligible to file for summary dissolution if married for a very short period of time with  no minor children and a community estate worth less than $5,000 (value of community assets less the amount of community debt).   The summary dissolution process involves simplified court forms that significantly reduce and or obviate the need to retain counsel (the Orange County family court called Lamoreaux Justice Center has a self-help center where litigants can obtain assistance completing summary dissolution forms).

Orange County Courts also permit litigants to apply for a waiver of court fees (the filing fee to file a Petition for Dissolution in Orange County as of January 1, 2012, is $395.00 per spouse), and often times grant those applications for litigants who earn less than full-time, minimum wage income (approximately 1,400.00 per month gross).

For those litigants whose family law case involves important issues of custody, visitation, child support, spousal support and/or large community estates, community ownership of corporate business(es) the issues of attorneys fees and costs is as central and important to effective management and resolution of the Orange County divorce or paternity case.

Courts have a duty to ensure each spouse to have access to legal representation in their divorce case.  In cases where there is a disparity in the incomes of the spouses and the lower-earning spouse can show a need for assistance in paying for his/her attorneys fees  and costs, as well as an ability of the other spouse to pay for his/her own fees as well as the fees of the other spouse, courts can order the higher-earning spouse to pay the other spouse’s attorneys fees and costs.

Spouses who find themselves without counsel have the right to apply to the court for an order for attorneys fees and costs to be able to retain an attorney.  The Orange County Family Court can also order a spouse to pay for the other spouse’s past attorneys fees and costs and for prospective, estimated attorneys fees and costs.  Courts typically will award fees and costs where appropriate for prospective attorneys fees  and costs to enable the parties to pursue their legal rights and prosecute their cases to trial and reserve the issue of past attorneys fees until trial if the case does not resolve prior thereto.

It is important to also recognize that courts have the ability to order attorneys fees and costs to be paid from community sources such as investment accounts, corporate business(es), and can order the sale of community assets to help pay for the spouses’ costs of litigation.

In addition to awarding fees and costs on a “need and ability-to-pay” basis, courts may also order one party and/or their counsel to pay attorneys fees and costs as a form of monetary sanctions in situations where the court finds that the conduct of the party and/or their attorney furthers or frustrates the policy of the law to promote settlement of litigation and, where possible, to reduce the cost of litigation by encouraging cooperation between the parties and attorneys.

Warmest Regards,

Matthew J. Sundly
FARZAD FAMILY LAW, APC
Orange County Divorce & Family Law Attorneys
1851 E. 1st Street, Suite 1150
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Telephone: (714) 937-1193
Facsimile: (714) 937-1192

Does A Flat Fee Option Make Sense For Your Orange County Divorce Case?

Most Orange County divorce lawyers won’t give you a flat fee quote for your divorce case. They won’t do it because they claim to be unable to “predict” how much time will go into it. While predicting time is difficult, that shouldn’t prevent you from having stability to the fees you pay. Here are how Farzad Family Law, experienced divorce lawyers in Orange County, can give you a predictable fee structure that will help you budget your divorce.

1. If your Orange County case is uncontested (you and your spouse agree on everything), we can quote you a flat fee to get the divorce petition filed, served and prepare the settlement agreement between the two of you. Our reasonable flat fee quote can take you from the beginning of your case to its end and save you thousands of dollars.

2. Sometimes, custody or support become the only disputed issue between you and your spouse because the two of you don’t have assets to divide. No problem. Farzad Family Law can quote you a flat fee to handle your custody or support issues in Orange County Family Court, knowing that once you have that done, everything else will fall into place.

3. If you and your spouse are in settlement negotiations, he or she has a lawyer and you don’t, we can quote you a flat fee to handle the negotiations on your behalf. Farzad Family Law’s knowledge and experience will give you the best chance of reaching a fair settlement and putting your Orange County divorce case successfully behind you.

4. Got a last-minute trial? Call us. Depending on your case, we can quote you a flat fee and aggressively represent you in court.

5. Post judgment custody or support issues are very common and it doesn’t have to break you financially. We will give you an affordable case strategy session and a quote that will take you through whatever post judgment divorce or paternity case you may have.

Call or email us today for your case strategy session and a quote that will ensure you representation from the top Orange County divorce and family law lawyers, Farzad Family Law.

Warmest Regards,

B. Robert Farzad
FARZAD FAMILY LAW, APC
Orange County Divorce & Family Law Lawyers
1851 E. 1st Street, Suite 1150
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Telephone: (714) 937-1193
Facsimile: (714) 937-1192

Stop Your Spouse’s Financial Abuse With A “Feldman Motion”

As if your Orange County divorce case is not stressful enough, you now have to deal with your spouse who insists on acting like a child. Sound familiar? If it does, then this article is for you and will teach you how Farzad Family Law’s years of knowledge, experience and aggressive representation in Orange County divorce and family law matters have helped its clients stop those out of control spouses in their tracks.

While there are several ways to deal with such spouses (or ex-spouses), the two most powerful tools are Family Code section 271 and something that Orange County divorce lawyers call “Feldman motions”.

The motion is named after a case called In Re Marriage of Feldman. The court in the Feldman case hit the husband with $250,000.00 in monetary sanctions and $150,000.00 on top of that for attorney’s fees because the husband failed to disclose certain assets and transactions he had entered into within his mandatory disclosure documents that every spouse must exchange in a divorce case.

The wife in that case, Elena, learned through the discovery process (depositions and written questions that require answers under oath) of her husband’s nondisclosure and filed her motion. The Court in Feldman held that the fiduciary duty obligations that the spouses owed to each other and the husband’s breach of it justified the sanctions and attorney’s fees award. This include the absolute duty to disclose to the other spouse all the material facts and information regarding the existence, characterization and valuation of assets in which the community has or may have an interest and debts for which the community may be liable. Once the Feldman Court found that nondisclosure had occurred, it didn’t need any further evidence of “injury” to Elena. The time and attorney’s fees that were expended justified the $390,000.00 punishment the Court handed out.

Family Code section 271 is another method by which a spouse who is cooperating through the divorce process can seek sanctions (punishment) against an uncooperating spouse. Family Code 271 is designed to punish a spouse when that spouse or that spouse’s attorney “frustrates the policy of the law to promote settlement of litigation and, where possible, to reduce the cost of litigation by encouraging cooperation between the parties and attorneys.” This kind of misconduct is common in family law but what is uncommon is a cooperative spouse’s lawyer actually filing the motion.

Farzad Family Law are intelligent, hard-working and aggressive Orange County divorce and family law attorneys. Put our experience to work for you and we will put a stop to your spouse’s gamesmanship and lack of cooperation.

We look forward to hearing from you. Call or email us and we will find solutions together.

Warmest Regards,

B. Robert Farzad
FARZAD FAMILY LAW, APC
Orange County Divorce & Family Law Attorneys
1851 E. 1st Street, Suite 1150
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Telephone: (714) 937-1193
Facsimile: (714) 937-1192

Appellate Court Rules That A CalSTRS Disability Allowance Is Not Community Property

The case is called “IN RE MARRIAGE OF WALKER”. It is a 2012 sixth appellate district case. In it, the Court held that a CalSTRS retirement disability allowance is not community property because it replaces lost earnings during the period of post-separation, preretirement disability.

The Court wrote that the wife in the case, Elena, was not been deprived of her community property share of her ex husband, Ralph’s, service retirement by Ralph’s receipt of a CalSTRS disability allowance. Elena received her entire community property share of Ralph‟s service retirement when the domestic relations orders (DRO) “ordered CalSTRS to place her community property share of Ralph‟s service retirement (service credits, contributions, and interest) into a separate nonmember CalSTRS account, over which she has independent control. The Court notes that Ralph did not elect to receive a disability allowance in lieu of a service retirement. He was not eligible for a service retirement at the time when he became disabled, and his disability allowance will terminate when he becomes eligible for a service retirement, if not sooner if he ceases to remain disabled.”

The Court considered these facts undisputed and since the retirement income was viewed as replacing Ralph’s lost earnings while he was disabled and before he received his retirement, it was Ralph’s separate property.

The Court’s decision is a correct one. Where Elena went wrong was her failure to understand that the disability payments were not anything that Ralph earned during the marriage and it was not in any way tied to his employment service during the marriage. Simply, it was there to pay Ralph because of his disability post separation and before he was eligible to obtain his retirement benefits.

“Watts Charges” And “Epstein Credits”: What They Mean To The Divorce Case

Since 2008, few sectors of the economy have been hit harder than the real estate market. In fact, Orange County residents whose homes once enjoyed hundreds of thousands of dollars in equity now find themselves breaking even with the mortgage or, worse yet, significantly upside down. Add to this toxic adjustable mortgages that place California residents in a position unable to afford their homes and you get a long line of homeowners turning over the key to the bank and walking away.

But what happens in a divorce case when that once equity rich home has turned upside down?

First, there are two very important words you will have to learn: (1) Watts Charges and (2) Epstein Credits. Not exactly household words, but in a pending Orange County divorce case, these two words can mean tens of thousands of dollars to the unwitting spouse who doesn’t plan ahead or hasn’t hired experienced OC divorce lawyers like Farzad Family Law.

Watts Charges are simply “rental” charges by one spouse against the other. Let’s say Bob and Jill become separated. Bob goes and rents an apartment while Jill continues to live at the family residence with the children. Let’s further assume the house is community property but the mortgage owed is about the same as the fair market value and, after real estate commissions, it is for all practical purposes upside down. While Jill lives at the residence, she incurs “Watts” charges. That is because Bob, who owns 1/2 of that house, is technically entitled to rent that house out and enjoy one half of that rent. However, since Jill continues to live there to Bob’s exclusion, Bob cannot rent the house out. It doesn’t matter why Bob moved out. Therefore, Jill gets hit with 1/2 of the house’s rental value. Is that fair? Not always. Jill may not have other options. She may not work, have trouble finding a job and therefore cannot afford to move out. Getting an apartment big enough for her and the children may cost as much if not more than her mortgage. So, if the fair rental value of the home on a monthly basis is $3,000.00 per month, then every single month, Bob can charge Jill $1,500.00 per month and try to recover those Watts Charges at the end of his divorce case.

Jill may say, hold on Bob, I am paying the mortgage on the house. If that is true, Jill can try and offset 1/2 of the mortgage payment from the 1/2 of the Watts Charges. That 1/2 of the mortgage is called an “Epstein” Credit. Jill gets a credit for 1/2 of every mortgage payment she makes – or does she? If she is paying the mortgage from community funds (money in a community bank account that has been there during the marriage), then she really isn’t pay for it. The community is. Bye Bye Epstein Credit. Jill has to make sure the payments are from a separate property source (for example, her income earned after her separation from Bob) or she may not get any credit at all.

The typical scenario for Jill that we see a lot now days is when the house is upside down, is headed to a short sale and foreclosure and Jill doesn’t pay the mortgage payments because “I’m going to lose the house anyway, so why pay the bank?” In that circumstance, Jill may get hit with the 1/2 Watts Charges. The worst case scenario is that Bob also pays the mortgage while Jill lives there. That means Bob gets BOTH an Esptein Credit and hits Jill with the Watts Charges. It is not uncommon for a spouse to do this informally and without a court order to lull the other spouse into a false sense of security. It goes something like this: “Honey, I am going to make the mortgage payment so long as you don’t ask the court for support so you can keep living there.” Response: “That sounds fair.” What Jill doesn’t understand is that Bob’s voluntary payment of the mortgage without a court order may not protect her because the court may not deem the payment in lieu (instead of) support.

How do you protect yourself whether you are Bob or Jim? Plan ahead. Have an experienced divorce lawyer in Orange County like Farzad Family Law actually prepare a stipulated (agreed upon) court order that both of you and the Judge sign so each of you is clear who is paying what and why. Don’t assume your spouse has your best interests at heart. Whether you are Bob or Jill, without good planning, you may find yourself on the wrong end of the law.

Got questions? We are here for you day or night. Call or email us. We are ready to help.

Warmest Regards,

B. Robert Farzad
FARZAD FAMILY LAW, APC
Orange County Divorce & Family Law Attorneys
1851 E. 1st Street, Suite 1150
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Telephone: (714) 937-1193
Facsimile: (714) 937-1192

New Law Allows Children To Testify More Freely In California Child Custody Cases

Before January 1, 2012, children were permitted to testify in Court on divorce and family law cases in California but only based on strict guidelines. Starting January 1, 2012, the law has become more liberal and now allows parents more freedom to allow their children to testify when there is a “preference” to live with one parent over another.

The new law is California Family Code 3042. It reads:

(a) If a child is of sufficient age and capacity to reason so as to form an intelligent preference as to custody or visitation, the court shall consider, and give due weight to, the wishes of the child in making an order granting or modifying custody or visitation.

(b) In addition to the requirements of subdivision (b) of Section 765 of the Evidence Code, the court shall control the examination of a child witness so as to protect the best interests of the child.

(c) If the child is 14 years of age or older and wishes to address the court regarding custody or visitation, the child shall be permitted to do so, unless the court determines that doing so is not
in the child’s best interests. In that case, the court shall state its reasons for that finding on the record.

(d) Nothing in this section shall be interpreted to prevent a child who is less than 14 years of age from addressing the court regarding custody or visitation, if the court determines that is appropriate pursuant to the child’s best interests.

(e) If the court precludes the calling of any child as a witness, the court shall provide alternative means of obtaining input from the child and other information regarding the child’s preferences.

(f) To assist the court in determining whether the child wishes to express his or her preference or to provide other input regarding custody or visitation to the court, a minor’s counsel, an evaluator,
an investigator, or a mediator who provides recommendations to the judge pursuant to Section 3183 shall indicate to the judge that the child wishes to address the court, or the judge may make that inquiry
in the absence of that request. A party or a party’s attorney may also indicate to the judge that the child wishes to address the court or judge.

(g) Nothing in this section shall be construed to require the child to express to the court his or her preference or to provide other input regarding custody or visitation.

(h) The Judicial Council shall, no later than January 1, 2012, promulgate a rule of court establishing procedures for the examination of a child witness, and include guidelines on methods other than direct testimony for obtaining information or other input from the child regarding custody or visitation.

(i) The changes made to subdivisions (a) to (g), inclusive, by the act adding this subdivision shall become operative on January 1, 2012.

This law can have both a positive and negative impact.

While children should preferably not be placed in the middle of custody disputes between parents, there are instances when a child’s testimony is necessary because that child can shed light on issues of abuse and neglect to him or her as well as domestic violence between the parents. In such situations, children should not be placed with an abusive parent, even if the abuse is not physical but is psychological or emotional. A child who is 14 years or older can help the court understand what really is going on inside the household because, often, child abuse because a “he said” versus “she said” between parents and it’s difficult to reconcile who is telling the truth.

The same is true about situations where a parent wants custody but not to actually spend time with the children but rather to reduce his or her child support or increase the other parent’s child support. Custody and visitation isn’t intended as leverage against the other parent but as a means to give the child frequent and regular contact with both parents. If one parent isn’t spending time with the child, that child can let the Court know that and custody and visitation can be changed as a result.

The downside to this law comes into play in situations where a child has been alienated from one parent. It’s unfortunately far too common for a mother or father to influence a child through guilt, lies or emotional abuse and pit the child against the other parent. This happens most frequently when a parent convinces the child or children that the other parent was “at fault” for the divorce and left the family. In such situations, a child testifying doesn’t really express his or her true feelings. Rather, the child expresses the negative emotions of the parent who did the alienating.

At Farzad Family Law we deal with custody issues on a daily basis. We have seen it all. There are circumstances when a child’s testimony is necessary and other situations where an investigation or evaluation must come first to find out if the child is likely to tell the truth or just become one parent’s weapon against the other. We have had great success for our clients in protecting the children from bad parents. Part of that is because we only represent good parents, those who are well-meaning and are child centered. Another part of that is that we are diligent in our investigation and evaluation of your Orange County child custody case and issues before we ever step into court.

Call or email us today to discuss your Orange County child custody case. Good parents rely on us to help them and their children get through this most difficult time in their life. You should too. We’ll help you get through it and protect the most precious assets you have in your life – your children.

Warmest Regards,

B. Robert Farzad
FARZAD FAMILY LAW, APC
Orange County Divorce & Family Law Attorneys
1851 E. 1st Street, Suite 1150
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Telephone: (714) 937-1193
Facsimile: (714) 937-1192

Keeping Your Family Law Lawyer’s Fees Manageable

I will bet that close to 50% of all attorney-client relationships end because the lawyer claims the client didn’t pay the fees and the client claims the lawyer overcharged him or her. Sometimes, it is unavoidable. Most of the time, it is.

The way you can manage your lawyer’s fees is ensuring 1) you and your lawyer communicate about the tasks he or she intends to perform 2) you can afford the time that will go into those tasks and 3) you understand the risks vs. benefits of the potential outcome of the tasks. How do you do that? Communication.

At Farzad Family Law, in every one of our divorce and family law cases, we ensure you are not “surprised” by your bill and you know what we are doing, why we are doing it and the potential outcomes ahead of us.

1. We evaluate your case to determine what issues in your divorce or paternity case should resolve quickly and which ones will need more work.

2. We evaluate between you and your spouse, which one of you is in a better position to pay for the lawyer’s fees. If your spouse earns more income than you do, then we may need to file a request for the court to have your spouse pay a contribution toward your lawyer’s fees from the very beginning of your Orange County divorce case. If you are the higher income earner, you and us need to do a cost vs. benefit analysis of whether putting up a fight over certain issues is wise if you have an exposure to an attorney fee request from your spouse.

3. We plan out a strategy on your case based on our evaluation and the time you and we take to discuss every issue and identify those that should settle and those that may need to go to court.

4. On the simple or straightforward issues, we make settlement offers to your spouse or spouse’s lawyer early. That way, if your spouse is unreasonable and forces those issues to family court, we can ask the court to order your spouse  to pay lawyer’s fees as a “sanction” (punishment) for being unreasonable.

5. On the complex issues or those you and your spouse have a disagreement, we create a budget for you of how much you can reasonably expect to spend. The budget isn’t a floor or a ceiling on the fees because it is hard to predict fees on any divorce or family law case, but it will give you a range of reasonable expectations. If your spouse is out of control and deliberately tries to increase the lawyer’s fees you spend, it’s time to go to court and ask the court for sanctions against him or her and put a stop to that nonsense early. Few things are worse in a divorce or paternity case than having a spouse that is on a rampage. At Farzad Family Law, we have seen and dealt with our share of them and we know how to handle them.

6. If the strategy on your case changes or needs adjustments, we talk and we plan it out. Constantly communication about your case is not only essential to being informed, it’s also important for ensuring the time and money spent is done so wisely.

7. Finally, every month, you receive a specific and itemized bill from us that shows you the time we spent on your family law case and breaks down the time by the time spent, the task performed and who performed it. I am often surprised by how many divorce and paternity clients who are represented by other lawyers don’t get a bill each month until a huge bill lands on their lap for several months of work.

To keep lawyer’s fees in your case manageable is not difficult. It just requires diligence between you and your lawyer. At Farzad Family Law, we ensure you get that diligence from day one and until the end of your case.

Call us.

We will help you through it.

B. Robert Farzad
FARZAD FAMILY LAW, APC
Orange County Divorce & Family Law Attorneys
1851 E. 1st Street, Suite 1150
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Telephone: (714) 937-1193
Facsimile: (714) 937-1192

Farzad Family Law – Top Orange County Divorce Lawyers

The right representation gives you the greatest chance of…

Robert Farzad - Top Orange County Divorce & Family Law Lawyer

I know you’re stressed out.

I know it because representing clients in divorce and family law cases is all I do.  I have seen Orange County husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, before they hired me, go through the same stress you are going through right now. It doesn’t have to be so emotionally exhausting. The stress can stop and your Orange County divorce or family law case can be resolved the right way, the fair way, and you can look back at it and know your made the smart choice.

How do I know?

Because that also happens every day. Orange County Family law & divorce clients with whom I met and who were going through the most challenging part of their own life now look back at the process, their lives then and today and often say, “thank goodness I hired you. I don’t know what I would have done without you.”

You can say the same thing.

The firm’s lawyers and I have a combined legal experience of over 40 years.

Let’s talk about where we start.

Step 1 – Contact us to set an appointment. Sometimes, we are able to speak with you by phone. Other times, we can set an in person meeting for the initial consultation.

Step 2 – We will quote you an affordable consultation fee. We will set your appointment on a weekday. If weekdays are too difficult because of your work hours, we have Saturday appointments available.

Step 3- During or after our consultation, you make a choice, the right choice but, just as important, you make an informed choice. If you decide to retain us, we apply the consultation fee toward the retainer (which reduces your retainer).

I can hear you asking, “are you affordable?” Absolutely. I will show you how we can tailor your case to your budget.

In the meantime, if you want to read about Orange County Divorce & Family Law, sit back, relax and look through this website. It is filled with valuable and relevant information about all the issues you will likely have in your own case. I wrote everything on this site. We didn’t hire someone to do this for us. Everything you read is accurate and up to date.

Orange County family law lawyer, OC family law lawyerTo help you navigate the web site, at the top of the screen, you will see two menus, one above the photos and one below. Each menu is a drop down so when you place your cursor on the menu, you will see several other pages “drop down”. Give it a try. You can then click on whichever page you want to read.

The menu above the photos and words “Orange County Divorce Lawyer” discuss our Family Law legal team and each of our 4 lawyers. Our Solution Focused Representation and Plan For Every Budget pages lay out how we customize our representation to your specific case. We don’t believe in cookie cutter representation. You are a unique person, with unique needs, goals and priorities. Your budget for your Divorce or Family Law case may be different than someone else and you should be treated like an individual, not just another case number. The last page at the top of the screen has all of our contact information including our address, phone number, fax and email.

Below the photograph and to the right of the “Home” page tab, there are five-page tabs. Let’s go through those.

Orange county child custody lawyer, OC child custody lawyerThe first one is “Your Children”.

This page gives you a wealth of information on Orange County Child Custody and Visitation laws and procedures as well as strategy on how to handle such cases. I know and you know that your kids are your most important asset. Protecting them and acting in their best interests should be your number one priority.

Unfortunately, kids often get caught in the middle of a Divorce or Family Law case and litigating a case like that can break your budget. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. Even in the most serious cases of child abuse, domestic violence, or drug and alcohol abuse, protecting your children shouldn’t cripple you financially. That is where our years of experience can help.

I have handled some of the most contentious child custody cases you could imagine. There is very little I have not seen. We only represent good parents, ones with the right intentions, who care about their kids and act accordingly. And you know what? Those parents who are our clients and are caught in a custody battle because the other parent won’t relent get through it and a great many of them look back at the experience after the court gives our client sole legal and sole physical custody and are so thankful they did it right. You can be as well.

The second and third pages are “Child Support” and “Alimony.”

Each page tab will walk you through the initial support order, modifying the order, what happens at trial, collecting back owed support or defending against a false arrears claim against you and, regarding alimony, the significant differences between a short-term marriage and a long one.

Orange county divorce and family law lawyer, OC divorce and family law lawyerThe fourth tab is “Dividing Assets”.

This teaches you the difference between community and separate property, how to value property and how to divide it. I always tell my clients only a dummy spends $9.00 on an $8.00 dispute. Add a lot of zeroes to those dollars and that is typically what you see couples in a Divorce and Family Law case do. That is where good advice and not being short-sighted comes in handy.

At the end of the day, if you really want to be a winner in a divorce case, you have to do a cost vs. OC divorce mediationbenefit analysis on most financial issues.

Finally, the fifth tab is labeled “Post Judgment Issues.”

This page helps you understand and deal with the post judgment issues you may have on your case. Disputes can arise over whether or not a custody arrangement may need to be modified due to a significant change of circumstances, whether one parent should receive less or more visitation, or whether a change of income requires a modification of support.

OC divorce mediationWhile everything I have written on this site is informative, it is not a substitute for one-on-one communication with me.

Few things are more important than dialogue and through that dialogue, we’ll give you the advice to help you make the right choices from the start or, if your divorce case has gone astray, help it and you get back on track.

Call me. Let’s talk. We will find solutions together.

Warmest Regards,

B. Robert Farzad
FARZAD FAMILY LAW, APC
Orange County Divorce & Family Law Attorneys
1851 E. 1st Street, Suite 1150
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Telephone: (714) 937-1193
Facsimile: (714) 937-1192

Communication – Never Wonder About The Status Of Your Orange County Divorce Case

“My attorney doesn’t call me back.” Those are words you will never speak after you hire Farzad Family Law. Our divorce lawyers put client communication at the top of the list in a successful attorney and client relationship with all of our divorce and family law cases. But why? Why is client communication so essential to your success.

1. It’s Your Case – You Have To Be Actively Involved Every Step Of The Way

Divorce lawyers sometimes forget that it’s not them that’s going through a divorce – it’s their client. Have you ever known any problem that you have paid little attention to & the problem fixed itself? Neither have I. Your Orange County divorce or paternity case is no different. From the moment you contact us, we practice what we preach. We go through your case and talk about what we should be able to resolve quickly and what may require more work. You help us understand what custody, support, property and family law issues you have. We offer solutions and options that fit your short-term and long-term goals and your budget.

I can’t tell you how many times a frustrated new client who has been represented by another attorney calls me and tells me half way through our conversation, “my lawyer hasn’t talked to me about any of these issues.” It’s like an awakening hearing that things don’t have to be as bad as they are, that the California Family Code and law actually provides more options and solutions that you ever knew were possible. Those solutions to your Orange County divorce case becomes possible when I know the facts of your case, its issues, its nuances, your spouse’s personality and psychology and your goals and I know it cold.

2. Calls, Emails & Meetings – You Are Always Informed

When you call me, I pick up the phone and speak with you. If I am in a meeting or in court, you get a call back that same day 95% of the time and if I cannot get back to you during business hours, I call you after hours or schedule a time the following day. When we send you documents, we email you so you have an electronic copy of everything we prepare or receive. You email us at 9pm at night with a question? Don’t be surprised if you have an email back from me before 10pm that same evening. It’s part of our personality and every lawyer at Farzad Family Law handles cases the same way – with a priority on communication and dialogue with the client every step of the way from the beginning of your Orange County family law case to its successful end.

3. We Won’t Let You File And Forget Stress does funny things.

It’s not unusual for a husband, wife, father or mother to not want to deal with the problems in their divorce or paternity case, whether it is custody, support, property or other issues that exist. You’d prefer if the problem just went away on its own. We’ll help you overcome that mindset and take on your case with strength and smarts.

Almost without exception, good people who go through emotional roller coaster rides during a divorce haven’t had an experienced and intelligent lawyer, like the lawyers at Farzad Family Law, sit down with them and take their time going through the facts. You are anxious, nervous and frustrated because what’s in your head and heart hasn’t been communicated effectively and nobody has asked you the right questions and offered you solutions. Patience is what we excel at. While we are aggressive and tough in family court for you, we are patient and compassionate with you. How patient we are may actually surprise you in the beginning because I will bet you are not used to it, especially if you are looking for a change in representation. But once you experience our solution focused representation and see first hand what a difference effective communication can make in your Orange County divorce and family law case, you will wonder how you ever got along without it. “I talk to my lawyer regularly. I am informed about my case. I couldn’t be happier with their communication.” Get used to thinking and saying that once you hire Robert Farzad and Farzad Family Law. It’s how we roll.

Call me.

Let’s talk.

We will find solutions together.

Warmest Regards,

B. Robert Farzad
FARZAD FAMILY LAW, APC
Orange County Divorce & Family Law Attorneys
1851 E. 1st Street, Suite 1150
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Telephone: (714) 937-1193
Facsimile: (714) 937-1192