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Why Should We Trust Lawyers?

According to a new study, many people are skeptical of lawyers, but in the greatest need they will ask their lawyers for help. This is a rule of thumb and a weird paradox at the same time. Many people become more doubtful about having confidence in lawyers because lawyers have a negative stigma. You can say that again, but still, we should trust them. We’re going  to talk about why you should trust them, so follow along in our blog.

To begin with, you have to understand that there are professions, such as a lawyer or a doctor, where they need and require complete faith from the client so they can perform properly. For instance, a lawyer will try to save you by any means, and to achieve that, the client has to be honest with them and hide nothing.

They Fight for You 

Talk is cheap, and people just keep releasing rumors that lawyers are overcharging for their services. It might be true for some, surely not the case for most of them, but let’s be honest, no one works for free, and it should be noted that even if it costs you an arm and a leg, they deserve it, just like doctors, university professors, etc.

The Work You See Is Only The Tip Of The Iceberg

You probably focus solely on the money you give to the lawyer, but what about the work they do behind closed doors? They burn the midnight oil working on your case and do everything in their power in order to fight for you. They are meticulous at each stage of the case, from collecting information to writing a professional letter.

Conclusion

In summary, people need to trust lawyers, whether they win or lose the case. One of the most important takeaways is that working with experienced lawyers and having confidence in them will increase the chance of winning your case. At Family Law Richard E. Young & Associates, we have the best-experienced lawyers in Orange County. Contact our law firm to get the legal assistance you need. You can also visit our website here for more information.

Alimony Explained

Alimony, also commonly known as spousal support, is a form of financial support paid by one ex-spouse to the other after the marriage has legally ended. Alimony is enforced by federal law and is in place to acknowledge that in marriages where a spouse forfeits a career to manage the household, the couple is essentially splitting essential family duties based on nonmonetary contributions that have to be equally considered. To learn more about the ins and outs of alimony, continue reading our blog!

Who Qualifies for Alimony?

The whole objective of alimony is to provide “reasonable and necessary” support upon divorce or separation. In order to qualify for alimony one must show the court that he or she needs financial support and that the other spouse has the economic means necessary to provide it.

What are the Stipulations of Alimony?

  • It must be requested during the divorce, not after
  • It will have to be forfeited in the event of remarriage and at the request of the ex-spouse
  • Couples who agree on alimony terms can resolve this matter outside of the court, however alimony can only be legally enforced when ordered by a court or if there’s a written agreement
  • Failure to pay alimony payments can result in a motion for contempt to be filed, and if approved, can lead to other means of enforcement including wage garnishing

What is the Legal Process?

Immediately upon agreeing to divorce any individual seeking spousal support must come forward and file a motion for it. A spouse can ask the judge to make a spousal support order as part of divorce, legal separation, annulment or a domestic violence restraining order.

If the couple cannot agree to this arrangement or to a fair monthly amount, a judge will decide if the individual is indeed entitled to the alimony, and if so exactly how much. Alimony will either be granted indefinitely or for a limited amount of time depending on the couples current and future circumstances.

Final Thoughts

An expert family lawyer will be able to provide end to end legal services for divorcees and those trying to navigate alimony, child support, custody and other legal cases. Learn more about the expert team at Family Law Richard E. Young & Associates, our convenient services, free consultations and much more on our website or by giving us a call at (949) 951-9529. We have proudly served countless families in the Orange County community with their alimony, divorce, custody, and bankruptcy cases since 1974.

Reversing a Legal Separation

The process for a legal separation is essentially the same as for a divorce, but with the option for it to be reversed. Unlike divorced couples, legally separated couples can reconcile their differences in court, re-enter the marriage, and return to joint status. Below, we discuss the required steps for couples hoping to reverse a legal separation in the state of California.

Step 1

The most important factor in reentering a marriage following a separation is that both spouses agree on doing so. Ideally the couple will have since resolved some or all of the major matters that initially lead to the separation.

Step 2

With your written Order of Legal Separation in hand, couples can draft a motion to Vacate Order of Legal Separation. This document is essentially the formal document needed to ask the court to review their request.

Step 3

One a motion has been drafted, the court will require you to draft an official Order to Vacate Order of Legal Separation. This is the second step in confirming with the court that you wish to be remarried.

Step 4

The final step is to file the Motion and Order to Vacate with the clerk of the family court where the legal separation was initially filed. Be sure to include a copy of the original Order of Legal Separation at the time of filing and keep in mind that there is typically a filing fee due at the time of filing, which must be paid before the motion will be accepted.

Final Thoughts

Southern California residents seeking to reverse their legal separation can trust that Richard E. Young Family & Associates will get the job done as quickly and thoroughly as possible. We will help you legally resolve any and all issues in family court including custody, child and spousal support, property division, separate and community property characterizations and disputes, business valuations and division and more!

Annulments vs. Divorce

While most people know what a divorce is, an annulment is a less commonly known term that describes a similar legal process. In this month’s blog post we will explore the major differences between the two and exactly what should be understood about them before seeking representation and beginning their official legal processes.

Annulments

Those who are hoping to be granted an annulment have to meet a certain criteria, otherwise by default they will have to instead file for a divorce. In order to qualify for an annulment both parties have to agree that the marriage wasn’t ever legal or legitimate in the first place. Couples who have been granted an annulment move forward as if their marriage never existed.

Divorce

When a couple files for a divorce, it’s typically after an extended amount of time has passed since the marriage began and both parties have decided to part ways for any number of reasons. In a divorce both people have to agree on the fact that their marriage was always a legitimate union, however they also agree that it should not continue any further.

Conclusion

At the end of the day, both a divorce and an annulment effectively end a marriage. Some consider annulments much simpler processes because couples don’t have to go to court to divide their estates, pay alimony, or child support. If you or someone you know is seeking a highly skilled family lawyer who specializes in divorce and annulments, visit our website here.