Santa Clara Divorce Lawyer

“Sometimes a good outcome is very clear – getting a restraining order against an abusive spouse, or getting spousal support against a spouse who’s hiding income. Other times, a good outcome is far more nuanced. Without fail, all of our best outcomes, our big wins, come about because only one side did the work. And a big, big part of that is deeply understanding the people involved and what makes them tick.”

Amy Laughlin

Some of the Best Advice You’ll get from a Santa Clara Divorce Lawyer

If you and your spouse are in the process of getting divorced, even if you haven’t hired an attorney just yet, you may have discovered that there are numerous issues on which you and your soon-to-be ex clash. It’s a fact of divorce that no matter which attorney you ultimately choose to represent you, no matter how brilliant they are or how much they charge or which celebrity they represented, you’ll still be subject to one enduring truth: you’re going to win some and you’re going to lose some.
Divorce is a dialogue, an ongoing back and forth, your turn/my turn. And if you want to come out ahead in the long run, you’ll approach that dialogue with the understanding that just as no one gets everything, no one loses everything either. And a skilled, experienced Santa Clara divorce lawyer, like those at Laughlin Legal, will help you prioritize and strategize so that the cumulative effect of your divorce is a win.

How can a Santa Clara divorce lawyer make your divorce less financially ruinous?

Divorce is expensive. Your attorney’s fees are just the tip of the iceberg because you and your ex are effectively splitting your income and increasing/doubling your expenses. It’s estimated that people getting divorced will need to earn 30% more if they hope to maintain their marital standard of living.
That’s the bad news. The good news is that one particular Santa Clara divorce lawyer reads obscure financial reports like a native: Amy Laughlin. She’s uniquely fluent in complex forms of equity. Because of her experience investigating and analyzing sophisticated and complex financial assets, when Amy sifts through piles of statements and balance sheets, a detailed story begins to emerge. She can tell you which assets look most promising, likely tax implications, and she can spot when something doesn’t quite add up. And because Amy won’t be duped, either will you.

Solid advice about life after divorce from a group of optimistic Santa Clara divorce lawyers

The attorneys at Laughlin Legal, despite all their experience handling the heartbreak and treachery of divorce, still believe in love and marriage. Amy Laughlin is the divorced, pre-nupped, and remarried mother of two sons. Caitlin Ashton, Amy’s business partner, credits her career with helping her prioritize and appreciate her own marriage, and making her a better partner. As deeply committed as they both are to love and marriage, they are equally committed to prenuptial agreements and the valuable conversations that flow from them. In Caitlin’s words, “If people knew how expensive and time-consuming a divorce can be, they might be more cautious and plan ahead before getting married. It is easy to pick up a marriage license. It is often far more complicated to get divorced, particularly without a premarital agreement.”

Do you need a divorce attorney in Santa Clara County?

If you’re considering changing your marital status through either marriage or divorce, learn more about how an experienced Santa Clara divorce lawyer can represent you and your values. Call us now at 650.343.3486 to schedule your first consultation with us. If you’d prefer, you can email us to set up your appointment. If we miss your call, we will respond promptly and call you back as soon as possible.

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requires the services of a divorce lawyer and addresses all the same issues as divorce regarding asset division, custody, and support, but the couple remains married though living separate and apart.

is the process of determining the status of the assets, then dividing them up equitably between the divorcing spouses. There are generally two categories of assets. Marital assets are those accumulated over the duration of the marriage.

are those acquired after the marriage but before legal separation or divorce.

are gifts or inheritances, or assets acquired either before the marriage or after legal separation. Be warned: assets aren’t the only thing considered to be marital. Debt, too, can be divided and shared.

can be a significant consideration when determining asset division. For instance, claiming children as dependents, or capital gains tax from selling a property.

formerly known as alimony, is what one spouse may be ordered to pay to the other spouse. Even recipients of spousal support have an obligation to attempt to become self-supporting within a reasonable period. This is one of the most contentious aspects of divorce and it’s essential to work with an experienced spousal support lawyer to achieve a fair resolution.

refers to the determination of how the parents divide the rights and responsibilities of taking care of their child or children. A good child custody lawyer will tell you there are two types of custody, legal and physical, and advise you on the best options for gaining or retaining custody of your child or children. The legal custodian makes important decisions for the children and their welfare. The physical custodian lives with the children more than 50% of the time.

in California is calculated using a statutory or guideline formula that considers parents’ gross income from all sources, number of children, amount of time children spend with each parent, tax filing status, and special needs of the children. When a parent refuses to pay child support, a child support lawyer either seeks an order for child support or holds the ex-spouse legally responsible for inadequate or missing payments.

are orders issued by the court – such as temporary child custody orders or temporary spousal support orders – before the case goes to trial to establish boundaries and maintain the family’s status quo until a final divorce and/or custody agreement is entered and approved by the court.

couples have the same divorce rights as any couple, and there may be special considerations with parental and property rights.

though prevalent, is often difficult to prove in part because abusers can be stealthy but also because physical violence is just one of many forms. For instance, it’s challenging to prove verbal abuse without witnesses. It’s essential that victims of abuse work with an experienced domestic violence lawyer successful at obtaining restraining orders.

Case Story

A Complex Divorce Client In Their Own Words

“Found them on Google search. I interviewed other attorneys. It’s an important decision and my case was complicated enough that I wasn’t going to just go off a website. I chose them for a couple reasons. I was ideally interested in someone whose offices were fairly local, didn’t want to go up to San Francisco. Also, I had a lot to sort through financially and saw that Amy was experienced with complex divorce. She impressed me with the range of cases she worked on, I felt she ‘got’ my situation. And it was a positive that she was a woman. A woman’s perspective and the perception of my then-partner would be a plus.

The experience surpassed my expectations. It was mediated so we managed to stay out of court. Amy provided really good counsel. I felt confident in her expertise. She was aggressive when needed and flexible when needed. I felt a high level of competence. Their working style was very important to me. Other thing, too, I only half joke about this but being a family law attorney is also part therapist, the ability to help me be centered throughout the process was important.

Their team approach was important. Both good thought partners and that’s important for me. I don’t just outsource stuff, I like to think things through. Not all attorneys like that. Caitlin was able to step in and help out on a couple of issues. I used Caitlin for the prenup because she’s really good. She did a really good job.

Responsiveness is key. Other attorneys I’ve worked with have hard boundaries – after 5 or on the weekends? Not available. When Amy was on vacation she still called in. That was great. And Caitlin made herself available nights, weekends, and I really appreciated that.

These cases can be frustrating. They helped me successfully navigate two fairly tricky marital situations, divorce and prenup, neither of which was easy and do it in a way that got good solutions. They did a great job.

Flexible, responsive. Put in a good fight. Focused on trying to get things done. Not trying to run up the fees. I’ve recommended them.”


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You’re in luck because you’re in California, a community property state. And that makes the division of assets simple in that everything acquired

Amy Laughlin, a divorce and child custody lawyer in San Mateo, knows better than most what’s at stake for the children of divorcing parents.

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