West Los Angeles Divorce Attorneys

Divorce can be a daunting and overwhelming process. Golsan Ziff & Ziff attorneys are committed to providing smart representation and a practical and sensitive approach to address what is most important: a successful transition for our clients' families and future financial stability.

In California, any dissolution must start with the filing of a petition, which commences a legal action. That does not mean that the parties ever need to be in a courtroom. When we meet with you, we will discuss your options and determine with you how best to proceed.

Clients come to us at many different stages of the divorce process. Ideally advance planning, even before first filing in a court, can give you the greatest flexibility and ability to reach your goals. However, at every stage of the process, we can help you evaluate where you are and how to best get where you want to be.

Dissolution Of Marriage In California

Initial issues: In California, there is no-fault requirement for marriage dissolution. Dissolution can be granted if the spouses agree or the court finds that there are irreconcilable differences between them. Once the divorce is commenced, there are automatic orders that go into effect that you will need to understand. We help our clients understand that from the outset that their action and the actions of their spouses, without guidance, could produce unexpected or unintended outcomes and help our clients avoid them.

Your fiduciary duties: In California, both during marriage and throughout the divorce process, spouses owe each other the highest duties of good faith and fair dealing ("fiduciary duties"). These include duties such as the duty of disclosure and obligations with respect to management and control of community property, occurring as early as separation. We can help you understand just what that means for you and your spouse.

Protecting your children: Of paramount importance to families with children, and important to access at the outset if possible, is what is best for the children and your goals for them. We take a child-centered approach to the practice of law, and we help our clients make the right decisions about how their divorces are handled and their children are protected.

Whether your case is completely amicable and straightforward, or whether you need more assistance and are involved in litigation, mediation or the collaborative process, or are just working it out together, you and your spouse will have to resolve multiple issues before a dissolution can be granted (called a judgment), including:

  • Child custody and visitation/parenting time
  • Property division
  • Child support
  • Spousal support/alimony
  • Attorney's fees
  • Fiduciary duties
  • Taxes

You may have already made decisions on these issues and be ready to put those together in a legally appropriate manner. We can help you review any agreements, draft the judgment or finalize your decisions in a manner that will reflect your choices.

Reach Out — Speak With Us About Your Concerns

Contact us by calling 310-342-2818 to schedule a confidential consultation with a lawyer at our west LA law firm. Evening and weekend appointments are available by special arrangement. Our offices are conveniently located in Culver City, off the 405. Free parking.