Divorce

Trustworthy Santa Clara County Divorce Attorney

Divorce can be both emotionally sensitive and legally complex. Whether your situation involves an amicable separation or your case involves complex retirement accounts, multiple properties, and a contentious relationship with your spouse, the attorney you choose matters. You should retain an attorney willing to do everything to protect your best interests as efficiently as possible. Unlike some larger firms, my staff and I are never unresponsive or insensitive to your particular concerns. San Jose Divorce lawyer John S. Yohanan has more than 35 years of experience helping clients trying to do what is best for their families, while also protecting their assets as carefully as possible.

Common Questions Regarding Divorce

Based on years of experience, I know you have questions. I have answers. Some of the questions I often hear are:

  • How long will the process take?
  • Do I qualify for spousal support?
  • Will the court enforce my prenuptial agreement?
  • How does a divorce property settlement impact my tax liability?
  • How will the court calculate child support and decide our child custody arrangement?
  • Will a domestic violence restraining order impact visitation?
  • Has my spouse concealed assets from me, and does this influence the child support calculation?
  • Should we sell our home or investment properties?

I am prepared to provide these answers and help you through a challenging divorce. Rather than using a one-size-fits-all formula on your divorce proceedings, I will work with you to develop a nuanced strategy that meets your particular goals and addresses your unique concerns.

Contested Divorces in California

To file for divorce in Santa Clara County, you must live here for at least three months (and you must have lived in California for six months). If you have not lived here for a full three months, you may file for a legal separation and amend your petition once you have met the time requirement.

Divorces can be contested or uncontested in California. Both kinds of divorce involve the same process. A divorce is "contested" if spouses disagree about one or more issues, such as child custody, support, or property division. Although an attorney’s involvement is not required in a divorce, having an experienced lawyer on your side is vital to navigating contested divorces involving financial complexities.

As a community property state with a large influx of newcomers, property division presents particular concerns for California couples getting a divorce. For example, if you have a pension or your own business, or have previously worked in another state while unmarried, there are additional steps you must take, and that we can help you through.

Uncontested Divorces in California

I can help you work towards achieving your family law goals through negotiation, which is less expensive than going to trial. Your contested case can become uncontested if you can reach an agreement with your spouse through mediation or negotiation. If settlement cannot be reached, however, I offer the skills and aggressive advocacy necessary to take your case to trial.

If you are someone with no disagreements with your soon-to-be ex-spouse, an uncontested divorce is an inexpensive way to end your marriage. But even in an uncontested divorce, retaining a lawyer is critical to your best interests. They make sure that all the details in official documents are accurate and timely, and that your long-term goals are being met.

Contact An Experienced Santa Clara County Divorce Attorney

My staff and I provide clients with individual attention and prompt responses with clear explanations for the advice given. I have helped families throughout the South Bay, East Bay, Peninsula, and entire Bay Area in resolving their legal issues. An initial consultation will give you an opportunity to meet me and my staff. Contact experienced San Jose divorce attorney John S. Yohanan at (408) 297-0700 or via our online form.

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