Divorce

Many people are often unsure of what to expect after they or their spouses have filed for divorce. This uncertainty, combined with worries about child custody and property issues, can leave many people concerned about the future and looking for answers.

The Law Office of Karen H. Beckman provides clients with a full range of legal services designed to address divorce, legal separation and annulment concerns effectively and efficiently. Attorney Karen Beckman provides clients with the personal attention and experienced legal guidance they need during divorce.

To schedule an appointment in Orange County, please call 714-730-9771 or contact the firm online.

Marital Settlement Agreements

Divorce attorney Beckman strives to reach marital settlement agreements without litigation. She is conscious of the emotional and financial strain that litigation can cause. However, if a settlement cannot be reached, she does not hesitate to vigorously represent clients in divorce court.

Whether in negotiation or in court, she will help you with every aspect of your divorce settlement, including:

  • Division of property: California is a community property state. This means that property, assets and debts that were acquired throughout the course of the marriage will be distributed equitably, including pensions.
  • Child custody: Courts generally favor arrangements that allow children to spend time with both parents. This can be settled between parties but may need to pass through court-ordered mediation if the parties cannot agree on the custody or visitation schedule. Children and divorce issues are often the most contentious, and the firm strives to protect clients' rights while keeping the children's best interests in mind
  • Child support: Parents are obligated to provide for the needs of their children. Child support in California is based on specific guidelines that factor in income of both parents, time spent with the children, living expenses and other key issues.
  • Spousal support or alimony: Spousal support and alimony provide financial support to a spouse during or after divorce or legal separation. Spousal support and alimony issues can be complicated because support is based on numerous factors, including the length of the marriage, income of each spouse and earning ability after divorce.
  • Paternity: Married and unmarried parents alike may encounter the question of a child's paternity. The firm is experienced in the technical and legal areas of DNA paternity testing.
  • Domestic violence: This sensitive issue can involve valid claims of abuse as well as false allegations of domestic violence. The firm works with clients on both points of the issue to ensure their rights are protected.

Attorney Karen Beckman can also assist you with post-divorce modifications of support orders. If you need help with one aspect of your divorce, such as the review of your settlement or legal help with a hearing, attorney Beckman offers limited scope representation. This allows clients to obtain legal help with the tasks they do not feel comfortable handling themselves without having to retain an attorney for every aspect of the divorce.

Orange County Annulments

In California, an annulment is not the same thing as a divorce or a legal separation. An annulment is a proceeding that, if successful, declares that the marriage was invalid. After an annulment, it is as though the marriage never occurred. You may consider an annulment if your marriage was entered into under a false pretense, misrepresentation or fraud, among other reasons. The evidence to obtain an annulment is fact specific. Attorney Beckman will answer all of your questions about an annulment in California.

We Provide Advice and Guidance

Please call our office at 714-730-9771 to schedule a consultation. You may also contact the firm online.