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Twentynine Palms Divorce Lawyer

In today's world, nearly half of all first marriages will end in divorce. In Twentynine Palms divorce and separation affects 15.7 percent of the population. Divorce is a reality of our era. Whether money troubles led to your marital problems, an extramarital affair, or if you simply grew apart, getting a divorce is so emotionally trying, that is considered to be the second worst experience an adult will ever go through, second only to losing a child. Twentynine Palms divorce attorney James Jackson is more than your average divorce attorney. Over the course of his long career spanning nearly 25 years, he has served as a judge pro tem and he has achieved the AV® rating by Martindale-Hubbell®, a peer review attorney rating service. The AV® rating indicating that he is preeminent in his field of law.

The field of family law and divorce law are wrought with complex issues over alimony, asset division, debt division and the division of property. When your assets are being divided, you want a high powered attorney fighting in your corner. All divorces, whether they are contested or collaborative divorces, will need to resolve critical issues regarding asset division, alimony, and spousal support. An attorney at the firm can help you to find a solution to your family law case. The legal team strives to provide every individual with the attention their case requires and the attention they need to make an informed decision regarding divorce.

Some couples, who are seeking to separate but not divorce, may prefer a legal separation as a reasonable alternative to divorce. Legal separation is common when the couple wishes to remain married for religious beliefs, insurance purposes, medical reasons, or for personal beliefs such as the sake of the kids. Some individuals are more comfortable with legal separation, as divorce is not for everyone. In cases such as these, Mr. Jackson can help you obtain a legal separation, one that includes provisions for child support, visitation, and insurance (where applicable), asset and property division, and much more.

Children and Family Law Issues

A substantial amount of family law is centered around children, whether or not the parents were ever married, or if the grandparents virtually raised the children. Since family situations vary so widely from family to family, there are many different reasons why a mother or father, or a grandparent may need to go to family court regarding child custody and visitation. Custody matters may involve sole custody, joint custody, or parents may even wish to terminate their parental rights. Since these situations vary widely, the firm is available to explain your rights and responsibilities under California law.

Attorney James Jackson understands the complexities involved in child custody disputes and is more than able to go to bat on behalf of mothers and fathers, and he can also advocate on behalf of grandparents' rights. It's not uncommon for ex-spouses to have a significant change in circumstances over time, in which case such changes may give rise to a child custody modification or a child support modification. As your attorney, Mr. Jackson will ensure that careful preparation goes into your petition which will be decided before a family court judge.

He can also assist those coming from broken homes, who are victims of domestic violence and child abuse. Domestic violence is a nationwide problem plaguing all races, religions and socioeconomic classes. If you are a victim of domestic violence, he can assist you in obtaining an order of protection. An order of protection can serve many functions, one of them ordering your abuser to stay away from you and your home. If you need assistance in a relocation matter, the firm can assist you whether you are the custodial parent wishing to relocate to another area or state, or if you are the non-custodial parent who wishes to contest such a move with your child.

In some legal separations and divorces, alimony or spousal support may be awarded; these cases are usually handled on a case by case basis. When a judge is deciding whether or not to award alimony, they will take a number of factors into consideration such as the duration of the marriage, each spouse's contribution to the marriage, the contributions as a homemaker, the age and health of both spouses and whether or not there are any minor children. When a judge is present to determine the outcome of the case, this process is known as litigated divorce. This is a formal procedure where each party makes their case for their desired outcome and it is up to the discretion of the judge to establish the terms of the divorce. The resulting judgment is binding on both parties.

Uncontested & Contested Divorce

You probably have a good idea of whether or not your divorce will be amicable or contested. It's a known fact that uncontested divorces are more favorable and cost effective over a contested and litigious divorce. While it's preferable to accomplish an uncontested divorce through mediation, this is not always feasible. Even when you have the best intentions, you cannot always control your spouse's emotions; therefore, the firm is fully prepared to handle your divorce whether it is friendly or heading towards full blown divorce litigation. No matter what happens, or the course your divorce takes, attorney James Jackson will zealously protect your best interests throughout the legal process.

The firm can also assist in creating a prenuptial agreement, a postnuptial agreement or a domestic partnership. Since the trends are constantly changing, more and more people are either demanding a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement, or they are deciding not to marry. When couples have property, assets or children with one another, there are still important legal issues to be resolved in the event they break up. Whether you seek to protect your assets through a prenuptial agreement, or if you want child support after dissolving a domestic partnership, you may have legally enforceable rights over property division, child custody and visitation, spousal support and health insurance. For sound advice you can trust, contact divorce attorney James Jackson today.

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