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#Halloween ghouls and goblins are not nearly as scary as a #divorce. Need help with a divorce in #SanDiego? Call 619-250-2683
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Going through Litigation for child custody (parenting time) can be very difficult and emotionally trying. Child custody litigation can come about in divorce or domestic partnerships. In the typical custody cases, parents must either reach an arrangement that is fair and reasonable for both their children and the parents, or an arrangement will be ordered by the court.  A family law lawyer’s goal should be to negotiate the best arrangement out of court while at the same time being fully prepared to present an effective argument if litigation is unavoidable.

Early decisions made before and during a child custody cases will have significant effect on your children and subsequent custody arrangement. In California, courts consider the best interests of the child when making child custody determinations and orders. A family law lawyer’s priority is to help their client make the most informed decisions while protecting the interest of the children involved in this difficult process while.

Children can suffer greatly during a custody battle over time parenting time and other related issues (e.g., which school to attend). A good Family law lawyer should keep this in mind and make every effort to avoid unnecessary suffering and move quickly.

During a separation or divorce, the choices you make early on can greatly affect the interests and wellbeing of your children.  In the State of California, the courts consider the best interests of the children when determining custody.  When parents are unable to come to a custody agreement, the court will order that the parents attend Family Court Services (FCS) Mediation.  During this mediation, the parents are encouraged by the FCS counselor to come to an agreement.  If no agreement can be reached, then the counselor will make a recommendation.  Although the court typically adopts the FCS recommendation, parents have right to a trial before the court makes any permanent child custody orders.

Since the mediation is critical to any subsequent child custody orders, a good child custody lawyer should prepare their clients for it.  This preparation is helpful in two ways.  First, an experienced lawyer can help a client understand the issues that the mediation is meant to deal with.  For example, the mediation is not meant to sort out finances or child support and bringing these issues up will waste your limited time and could hurt your case. Second, an attorney can help a client figure out and clarify what they want; more importantly, they can help the client figure out what they do not want.

Family Law Lawyer Brian Burkett represents clients in their child custody proceedings in San Diego County.

With over 10 years of experience, Attorney Brian Burkett understands that FCS mediation is a critical component to a successful child custody case and prepares every client thoroughly before attending mediation.  Additionally, he goes to great lengths to help client settle their cases out side of the court room which saves his client both time, money, and emotional stress.  Attorney Brian Burkett understands that child custody litigation is both stressful and emotionally trying process and works hard to minimize it strain on his clients and their child.

Contact Law Office of Brian Burkett, APLC.

To speak to a Family Law lawyer about Divorce, Custody, Child or Spousal Support, Domestic Partnership, or other family law issues in the San Diego Area, please contact us online or call us 619-250-2683.
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When there is an economic disparity between a married couples, the court can order a spouse to pay alimony, which is also know as spousal support in California.  Typically, there are two types of support that the court orders during a divorce proceeding, spousal support and child support. These two types of support differ in a few important respects. 

First, these distinct support orders arise from different social obligations to different people. Child support arises from our obligation to support one’s own children. Thus, although in most cases child support is payable to the custodial parent, the support is owed to the child and meant to support the child’s needs until they reach a certain age which can vary depending on the state and the circumstance of the child. Thus, the duration of the support is based on the circumstances of the child. In contrast to child support, spousal support arises from our obligation to support one’s spousal. Thus, the support is both owed and payable to the spouse who is awarded it by the court. Also, the amount and duration a person receives spousal support depends on the circumstances of the couple during and after the marriage. 

The second important difference between these types of support is establishing the need for said support.  For child support, a child’s need to receive support is assumed and both parents are obligated to support their child, whether by payment to the custodial parent or by providing the child’s daily needs.  Establishing the need for spousal support is less clear cut and simple.  

Although it is certainly advisable to seek the help of family law lawyer in a child support proceeding, it is especially important to seek the advice of spousal support attorney San Diego during a divorce because of the complexity of the rules governing spousal support and the financial exposure of a divorcee.  First, there is not guarantee that a person will receive spousal support and it can be waived which could have long term negative effects on a person.  Second, there are different types of spousal support, which vary depending on the stage of the divorce a person is currently in.  Third, the court has a great deal of discretion while determining the duration and amount of spousal support when it awards it.  

Since rules and application of those rules are both complex and situational, anyone who hopes to be successful in a divorce proceeding in the San Diego should seek out the help of Spousal Support Attorney San Diego.  If you rather not risk your financial well being and would like to consult with a local Spousal Support Attorney, then feel free to call 619-250-2683 to schedule a free initial consultation with Attorney Brian Burkett or visit our website at www.childcustodyanddivorce.com
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Family Law Attorney Brian Burkett has assisted the San Diego community with divorce, custody, child support, alimony, spousal support, uncontested divorce and contested divorce for over 10 years. If you need help with a Family Law matter, please feel free to call for a free consultation at (619) 250-2683 or visit our website at http://www.childcustodyanddivorce.com/
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California is a community property State whereby all property acquired by the couple during the marriage is considered community property unless it was acquired by gift or inheritance.  This sort of legal arrangement can create serious headaches down the road if the parties decide to get a divorce, which is know as a Dissolution of Marriage in California. 
 
Community property rules effect real property, debt, and retirements.  Although this might seem simple, there is a wide range of problem that can arise if the property is improperly divided (and deception by a party to a divorce is not uncommon).  Since a number of possible pitfalls exist, it is advisable to seek out the help of a divorce attorney California who can help you through this process.
 
If you are currently involved with (or want to seek) a divorce in San Diego County, it might be wise to seek out the advice of an experienced divorce attorney California that understands how community property law are practiced in San Diego, California. Attorney Brian Burkett has assisted individuals entangled in legal disputes for more the 10 years, and he can help you find a fair and equitable division of community property. 
 
If you need assistance navigating complex maze of divorce proceedings, then please feel free to give us a call at (619) 250-2683 to schedule your free initial consultation with Attorney Brian Burkett or visit our Web Site at http://www.childcustodyanddivorce.com for more information.
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Family law attorney Brian Burkett has assisted the San Diego community with divorce, custody, child support, alimony, spousal support, uncontested divorce, contested divorce, etc.  Our office is conveniently located in the heart of Mission Valley where the 163 and 8 meet.  We offer evening and weekend meetings.  Please feel free to call for a free consultation at (619) 250-2683 or visit our website at http://www.childcustodyanddivorce.com/
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Divorce Lawyers can help with a variety legal issues that affect the family other than just divorce, such as child custody, child support, divorce, alimony, spousal support, etc. If you would like to schedule a free consultation please give use a call at (619) 250-2683
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Are you looking for family law and divorce lawyer who is both dedicated to helping mothers and father who are going through a divorce that involves child custody? Attorney Brian Burkett is an experienced child custody attorney and offers a free consultation to member of his San Diego community who are struggling with a divorce and/or child custody dispute.
 
During a separation or divorce, the choices you make early on can greatly affect the interests and wellbeing of your children.  In the State of California, the courts consider the best interests of the children when determining custody.  When parents are unable to come to a custody agreement, the count will order that the parents attend Family Court Services (FCS) Mediation.  During this mediation, the parents are encouraged by the FCS counselor to come to an agreement.  If no agreement can be reached, then the counselor will make a recommendation.  Although the court typically adopts the FCS recommendation, parents have right to a trial before the court makes any permanent child custody orders.          
 
Attorney Brian Burkett has over 10 years of experience successfully representing clients involved in contested and agreed child custody cases.  He understands that FCS mediation is a critical component to a successful child custody case and prepares every client thoroughly being attending mediation.  Additionally, he goes to great lengths to help client settle their cases out side of the court room which saves his client both time, money, and emotional stress.  Attorney Brian Burkett understands that a divorce is a stressful and emotionally trying process and works hard to minimize it strain on his clients.
 
Please feel free to check out Attorney Brian Burkett’s website at www.childcustodyanddivorce.com for more information about Family Law in San Diego, California. Or, Call us at 619-250-2683.
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Going trough a divorce or child custody case is difficult and hazardous. The choice you make while going through a divorce or child custody case can have serious consequences for you and your family. Since the decisions you make while dealing with a family law issue is important, you should seek advice of an effective family law lawyer or divorce attorney.
 
The following article provides some help tips that you should consider before navigating our family law system:
 
1. Beware of what you Post to the Internet
 
It is not uncommon to see unfavorable Facebook posts admitted as evidence during divorce or child custody proceedings.  It does not matter that your personal page is private or that you have block the other party: they are ways around these safeguards and they are cataloged on you friend’s list.
 
Anything you say or do on the internet (or via text messages for that matter) can and will be used against you in family court.  So be careful what you say and who you say it to.
 
2. Beware of the agreements you make
 
It is also very common for people to regret the agreements they entered into shortly after a family law lawyer explains to them the legal consequences of their ill-advised agreements.  Sometimes an attorney can help a client out of the mess that they put themselves into, but some agreements are permanent and the attorney can do little to help once it is too late. 
 
Being mindful of the agreements one makes is especially important in child custody cases because parents are required to go to mandatory Family Court Services Mediation were the counselor encourages parents to reach agreements then and there. These agreements are legally binding and parents can unwittingly make agreements that do not conform to parties’ needs or desire.  A good family law lawyer will help a client prepare for this important mediation so that if an agreement can be reached, it will be less rushed more in line with what all parties wanted.
 
3. You might need a Family Law Lawyer
 
No one said the legal system was simple, but most agree that it is serious business, especially when it comes to family law.  Consider what is at risk: property and income in the case of a divorce and access to your child in the case of child custody dispute. Both are very important and the odds are this is your first experience with a divorce or child custody dispute.  Although it is certainly possible to represent yourself, you have a lot to lose and little experience with the legal system.  A family law lawyer has experience with the legal system and expertise that can help you through this difficult situation. 
 
4. Research before retaining a Family Law Lawyer
 
Not all family law lawyers are created equally and you have a lot at stake.  Additionally, legal representation can be costly.  No one would take their Ferrari to any old mechanic without first researching them first. You can research an attorney in a variety of ways. In California, you can check a family law attorney’s Status on the State Bar of California’s website:
 
http://members.calbar.ca.gov/fal/Member/Detail/220343  
This site can tell you if the attorney has any disciplinary action against them and how long the family law lawyer have been practicing law in the State and in some case the sort of law the attorney practices.
 
Additionally, most family law lawyers have listings on review sites like Yelp.com and YP.com, which allow people to post reviews about their experience with a particular attorney or law firm.
The State Bar of California maintains a database of California attorneys. Online public information from this database includes an attorney’s Name, Address, Telephone, fax number, e-mail, Date of admission, Undergraduate and law schools attended, Membership status, and Public record of discipline.
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50% of all first time marriages end in divorce in California.  Few people have not been either effected by or do not personally know someone who has been affected by a divorce.  The fact is that divorce is an emotionally charged situation in which a person exposed to serious consequences that can have far reaching effects and most people will be touched by divorce at sometime or another.
 
Anyone going through a divorce might want to consider consulting any attorney about their rights, responsibilities, and available options.  Also, few people realize the importance of court deadlines.  For example, failing to respond to a Petition for Dissolution of marriage will allow the other party to default.
 
Consulting an attorney might you a better perceptive of your situation since they can inform you of all your options. Not only that, but they can notify you of your responsibilities. For example, before a divorce can be finalized the parties must exchange financial declarations.  Improper discloses can result in either having to pay the other sides attorney fees and can expose a person to future legal dispute long after the divorce is finalized. Seeking the advise of an local divorce attorney Mira Mesa is worth the little bit of effort in the early stages of your divorce.
 
Although Divorce is common in the U.S., the rules and local practices are not common and can have serious consequences if not carefully followed. This is why the advice of a divorce attorney Mira Mesa is rather important if you are a resident of Mira Mesa and are presently facing a divorce.
 
If you are currently involved with (or want to seek a divorce) a divorce in San Diego County, it might be wise to seek out the advice of an experienced divorce attorney that understands the local practices relevant to Mira Mesa. Attorney Brian Burkett has assisted individuals entangled in legal disputes for more the 10 years, and he is a fine divorce attorney Mira Mesa.  If you need assistance navigating the at times complex maze of divorce proceedings, then please feel free to give us a call at (619) 250-2683 to schedule your free initial consultation with Attorney Brian Burkett or visit our Web Site at http://www.childcustodyanddivorce.com/ for more information.
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I am a California Licensed Family Law attorney located in Mission Valley, San Diego. I deal with primarily Family Law Cases including: Divorce, Legal Separation, Child Custody, Child Support, Spousal Support, Annulment, Paternity, Property Division, and Child Visitation. I also handle Guardianship cases.

My office is conveniently and centrally located. We are near a bus and trolley stop, shopping malls, stores, restaurants, etc. Plenty of free parking is available. Avoid the downtown stress and hassle. We are located near the 8 &163 Freeways. Convenient night and weekend appointments are available. We can also come to your home or office if required.

Please call us today for a FREE Consultation and inquire about our Case Evaluation Service.  Our office information is as follows:

Law Office of Brian Burkett, APLC
444 Camino Del Rio South, Suite 100-A
San Diego, CA 92108
Phone: (619) 250-2683
Fax: (619) 683-2469
Website: http://childcustodyanddivorce.com/
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