Pleasanton Divorce Lawyer
Life can feel out of control when you are going through a divorce. The stability of your family and your finances can easily end up in someone else’s hands if you are not informed of the various options available to meet your needs.
Whether you are seeking a strong litigator when your divorce is taken to court or you need a skillful negotiator who can find a mutually acceptable solution, The Koblin Family Law Center can help. Based in Pleasanton, we represent people in Alameda County, Contra Costa County and throughout the East Bay.
“I could not have obtained the result I did without Kennedy’s expert assistance. His command of the law is truly impressive.” — Jeff
Handling All Aspects of Divorce on Your Behalf
Kennedy Koblin is a divorce lawyer whose experience goes beyond that of the typical family law attorney. His business background gives him unique insight into complex property division issues in contested divorce cases. Plus, his understanding of the emotional and personal nature of family issues, coupled with his ability to remain focused on solutions, help his clients achieve lasting results.
Mr. Koblin handles all aspects of contested and uncontested divorce, including:
- Property division
- Child custody and visitation
- Child support
- Spousal support (alimony)
- Post-divorce modifications of custody or alimony
- Estate planning
- Domestic violence and restraining orders
- Special issues for older couples
While some cases require an aggressive stance for protecting your rights and the well-being of your family, there is no substitute for collaboration in reaching amicable agreements. We will never rush you into litigation without considering the possibility of more cost-effective, efficient and less stressful legal options.
What Court Will Handle My Pleasanton Divorce Case?
The family law division of the Superior Court of California handles all divorce cases. Each county has its own Superior Court location.
Divorce and family court matters for people living in Pleasanton and elsewhere in Alameda County are handled at the Hayward Hall of Justice, located at:
24405 Amador Street
Hayward, CA 94544
For people living in San Ramon and elsewhere in Contra Costa County, divorces are typically handled at the Peter L. Spinetta Family Law Center, located at:
751 Pine Street
Martinez, CA 94553
Please keep in mind that many legal documents can be obtained and filed online, including the petition for dissolution (divorce)(Petition – Marriage/Domestic Partnership (form FL-100)), which is typically the first form that needs to be completed to begin the divorce process.
Different counties provide different levels of assistance to people going through a divorce. For example, the Spinetta Family law Center offers family law facilitator services, while other courts have a more rigid hands-off policy. For example, website visitors to Alameda County Superior Court’s family law section, under “How to file for a divorce,” are specifically encouraged to speak with a family law lawyer.
This is sound advice, considering the complexities involved in a California divorce. If you enlist us to represent you, we will address everything. Our role as your divorce lawyers is to handle all filings on your behalf, minimize your interaction with the court and achieve a satisfactory outcome for you without the need for a trial at the courthouse.
Providing Clear Answers To Your Questions
Our law firm can also answer all your divorce-related questions such as:
- How can I make the divorce easier on my kids?
- What kinds of mistakes should I avoid in the process?
- Why is a do-it-yourself divorce a bad idea?
- How can Facebook and other social media platforms affect my divorce?
Frequently Asked Questions About Divorce in California
If you are considering a divorce or have been served with divorce papers, you may have many questions about the process, your rights, and your future. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive from our clients who are facing a high-asset divorce in the San Francisco Bay Area.
What is a high-asset divorce?
A high-asset divorce is a divorce case that involves significant assets, such as businesses, real estate, investments, retirement accounts, stock options, executive compensation, valuable personal property, or inheritance. These assets may be subject to division between the spouses depending on whether they are considered separate or community property.
How is property divided in divorce?
California is a community property state, which means that any property acquired during the marriage is presumed to belong equally to both spouses unless there is an agreement otherwise. Separate property is any property that was owned by one spouse before the marriage or received by gift or inheritance during the marriage. Separate property remains with its owner after divorce unless it was commingled with community property.
How to protect assets from divorce
The best way to protect your assets in a high-asset divorce is to have a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement that specifies how your property will be divided in case of divorce. If you do not have such an agreement, you may need to hire experts such as appraisers, accountants, business valuators, or forensic analysts to help you determine the value and character of your assets and present evidence to support your claims.
How will a high-asset divorce affect my lifestyle?
A high-asset divorce may have significant financial implications for both spouses depending on how their assets are divided and whether spousal support or alimony is awarded. Spousal support is determined by various factors such as income potential, length of marriage, standard of living, age, health, and contributions to each other’s career. Spousal support may be temporary, permanent, or modifiable depending on the circumstances and the agreement of the parties.
How will a high-asset divorce affect my business?
If you own a business or have an ownership interest in one, your business may be subject to division in a high-asset divorce if it was acquired during the marriage or if it increased in value due to marital efforts. You may need to provide financial records, tax returns, balance sheets, and other documents to prove the value and character of your business. You may also need to hire a business valuator to appraise your business and offer options for dividing it as well.
Contact The Koblin Family Law Center
Protecting your best interests in divorce begins with experienced representation. When you contact our office, you will have the opportunity to discuss your case directly with the lawyer who represents you. Call 925-298-2961 today. We serve people throughout the Tri-Valley area of Amador Valley, San Ramon Valley and Livermore Valley, and beyond.