Meet Rocklin Family Lawyer, Terry L. Gilbeau

When a couple marries or enters into a formal domestic partnership, it’s more than just a ceremony. It’s a legal contract, and divorce heralds the termination of that contract. Let Rocklin Family Lawyer, Terry L. Gilbeau, help you with family law services that aim to help smooth the rough waters of divorce, custody, and property division in California. Our areas of specialty include:

Divorce and Legal Separation

When a marriage or domestic partnership comes to an end in California, the parties may be at odds about what comes next. When one or both parties are ready to end the relationship permanently, divorce is the path forward. If one or both partners are not entirely sure the time has come to end the relationship, a legal separation may be the recommended course of action until a final decision is reached. In some cases, an annulment may be an option to invalidate a marriage or domestic partnership.

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Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution

In some instances, mediation and alternative dispute resolution may be an effective way to settle matters of divorce, property and debts, and child custody. This can reduce processing times and provide a fair and agreeable settlement for both parties. Even in the case of an uncontested divorce, ensuring appropriate oversight helps to ensure an equitable resolution to a contentious situation. The objectivity of a neutral third party can be a swift, efficient way to isolate emotional turmoil from the decision-making process.

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Property and Debts

There are a few notable exceptions to the widely-known guidelines surrounding property and assets for couples in California. Generally, with the exception of gifts and inheritances, personal and real property acquired during a marriage is considered joint property. The process surrounding the division of community debts is somewhat less straightforward, and there are steps you can take to help simplify the untangling of debts before legal proceedings begin.

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Child Custody and Child Support

When it comes to matters of child custody and child support, it is generally agreed that any arrangements should in the best interests of the child. In the case of divorce or legal separation, there can be some dispute as to what those best interests entail. In the past, one parent was nearly always given sole custody with limited visitation for the non- custodial parent. Times have changed, and today’s courts work to maintain frequent and continuing contact with both parents, with limited exceptions where child safety may be a legitimate concern.

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Restraining Orders

Restraining orders are designed to offer protection to parties who have been abused or threatened with violence. If the person who abused you, or threatened to abuse you, is your spouse or former spouse, or a partner with whom you have had a child, you may seek the protection of a domestic violence restraining order. A domestic violence restraining order may also apply to other relatives in some cases. If the conditions for a domestic violence restraining order are not met, you can request a civil harassment order.

Family relationships can be complicated, and the process of ending those relationships is fraught with emotion. Even when both parties can agree that it’s time to move on, in California, working with the professional family law team at The Law Offices of Terry L. Gilbeau, can help to make the transition to the next phase of your life as smooth as possible.

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