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Orange County Family Law Attorneys

Comprehensive Legal Support for Families in California

Even in the most amicable situation, any legal matter pertaining to family law tends to be an emotionally draining experience. This is why our family law attorneys in Orange County work tirelessly to ensure that our clients are taken care of as thoroughly and efficiently as we are able. With more than 100 years of combined experience, we will act decisively as we represent your best interests.

Burch Shepard Family Law Group can help you navigate many different issues affecting your family, including:

Guidance from Experienced Family Lawyers

Family law is, by definition, personal. Custody disputes, financial disagreements, and other family law issues have practical and emotional elements that must be worked through. Hiring an Orange County family lawyer can most effectively resolve the matter.

If you are dealing with any of the following, call the legal team at Burch Shepard Family Law Group for guidance.

  • Streamlining Your Divorce Process. The divorce process requires certain steps to be followed; otherwise, there can be delays. We can ensure your divorce moves forward as quickly as possible. Our attorneys can advocate for your best interests while negotiating challenging questions that must be settled.
  • Child Custody and Visitation Strategies. Parents may have very different opinions about what’s best for their children. Our certified family law specialists can develop a strategy to argue your position.
  • Securing Fair Child Support. Both parents have a responsibility to provide financial support for the care of their children. The custodial parent is generally eligible to receive child support from the other parent. California has child support guidelines, but there is flexibility. Sound legal arguments can lead to support beyond the typical guidelines.
  • Equitable Division of Community Property. California is a community property state. The basic definition is that any asset or debt acquired during the marriage is considered community (marital) property and is split 50-50. That formula might seem simple but determining what is community property is complicated. Assigning a dollar value to the property is also complex and often requires professional guidance.
  • Creating Protective Prenuptial Agreements. A prenuptial agreement can establish a couple’s financial foundation as they go into a marriage. This legal document removes areas of conflict should the marriage not last. For example, prenups identify what is the separate property of each spouse. Doing so reduces conflict in the event of a divorce.
  • Advocating for Parental Rights. The bond between parent and child is often critical for the growth and development of the child. We are experienced in helping parents fight for or regain custody of their children; in arguing for non-parent custody when someone else should provide care; and in establishing proof of parentage through paternity actions.

At Burch Shepard Family Law Group, we take an aggressive yet nuanced approach to every case. We are certified family law specialists, indicating our high level of education and experience.

Whether you are in the middle of a high conflict divorce or need assistance preparing effective marital agreements before you tie the knot, our Orange County family lawyers are here for you during the happy and challenging moments in your life. Contact us online or call us at (949) 565-4158 today.

Understanding Your Rights in Family Law Matters

Family law matters can be complex and emotionally charged, and it's important to understand your rights and legal options. Our team of experienced family law attorneys in OC is dedicated to protecting your best interests and guiding you through the legal process with compassion and expertise.

Whether you're facing a divorce, child custody dispute, or other family law issue in California, it's crucial to have a knowledgeable and skilled attorney on your side. Our certified Orange County family law specialists have the expertise to navigate the complexities of family law and provide you with the personalized attention and strategic representation you deserve.

By hiring a OC family lawyer, you can:

  • Ensure your rights are protected
  • Receive expert guidance through the legal process
  • Gain peace of mind during a challenging time
  • Work towards a fair and favorable resolution

Don't navigate family law matters alone. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and receive the expert guidance you need.

California Family Law FAQ

What are the grounds for divorce in California?

In California, you can file for divorce based on irreconcilable differences or incurable insanity. Irreconcilable differences are the most common grounds for divorce and refer to the breakdown of the marriage with no possibility of reconciliation.

How is child custody determined in California?

Child custody in California is determined based on the best interests of the child. Factors such as the child's age, health, and relationship with each parent are considered. The court may also consider the child's preference if they are of sufficient age and maturity to express their wishes.

What is the process for obtaining a restraining order in California?

To obtain a restraining order in California, you must file a request with the court detailing the reasons for the order. If the judge finds that there is a sufficient basis for the restraining order, it will be issued. The restrained party will then be served with the order, and a hearing will be scheduled.

Can grandparents seek visitation rights in California?

Yes, under certain circumstances, grandparents in California can seek visitation rights. If the court determines that visitation is in the best interests of the child, it may grant grandparents the right to visitation, particularly if it is in the child's best interests.

What is the difference between legal separation and divorce in California?

Legal separation in California allows couples to live separately and address issues such as spousal support and child custody without officially ending the marriage. Divorce, on the other hand, legally terminates the marriage, allowing both parties to remarry and dividing assets and debts.

Awards & Associations

Our Lawyers Go Beyond The Ordinary
  • Super Lawyers
    Super Lawyers
  • OC Metro Top Attorneys
    OC Metro Top Attorneys
  • Certified California Family Law Specialists
    Certified California Family Law Specialists
  • Cover Feature - Law Firm of the Month
    Cover Feature - Law Firm of the Month
  • Best of the City
    Best of the City

Certified Family Law Specialists in Orange County

Burch Shepard Family Law Group is lead by attorneys who are Board Certified in Family Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. This rigorous process requires ongoing examinations, education, and a positive reputation among judges and attorneys familiar with our work. Achieving specialist certification is a honor that belies our hard work and dedication to our clients, as well as our in-depth knowledge and experience into the complex matters that affect their divorce and family law matters.

Our clients in Orange County understand that we are as committed to our clients as we are to winning their cases. We make sure their side of the story is told, their best interests are protected, and they have a skilled legal advocate on their side throughout their entire case. We have seen it all and can help you achieve results, even in the most complicated family or divorce matters.

Contact us to learn more about how our skilled Orange County family lawyers can help guide you through these complex legal matters. We offer consultations to help you get started.

Guided by a clear mission:
  • We will approach your case with the same level of dedication regardless of its scope.
  • We will negotiate with creativity and common sense to earn the results you want.
  • We will fight aggressively to protect and advance your interests.
  • We will strive to resolve your case in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
  • We will keep you informed about your case at all times.
  • We will return your phone calls as promptly as possible.
  • We will be forthright with you about the reasonableness and attainability of your goals.
  • We will treat you with honesty and utmost respect.

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