Roseville Unbundled Legal Services
There are a lot of legal issues that can arise in a divorce, from the initial filing to property division to child custody and support, to spousal support. Every couple is different. In some cases, the legal affairs are simple. In others, they can be complex. A spouse may desire to break apart the different components of a divorce and only have their attorney work on targeted issues. This is known as unbundling. It is something The Law Offices of James-Phillip V.M. Anderson is happy to assist with.
Our Roseville unbundled legal services are available to clients throughout Placer County, Nevada County, and Sacrament County. Call today at (916) 282-7737 or reach out online to set up a consultation.
When Are Unbundling Services a Good Idea?
The following scenarios are ones where a spouse may prefer to unbundle their legal needs…
The Divorce Is Simple
When there are limited property division needs and no issues regarding children, a spouse may prefer to handle much of it themselves. California law does allow for people to represent themselves in a divorce. While we certainly have a professional bias in favor of informed legal counsel, we also know that there are situations where the needs for a lawyer are more limited in scope. A spouse may choose to have their attorney simply do the filing and handle basic paperwork.
The Divorce Is Complex
The flip side can be that more complex divorces lead a client to prefer to assemble a team of lawyers. An example might be a situation where a client has worked with their attorney for a long time and trusts this lawyer to handle the issues pertaining to child custody. But the financial assets involved are complicated, and this trusted attorney may not have the experience necessary to be a good advocate on how to get the fairest property settlement. The client may choose to unbundle the divorce and work with a separate lawyer who will handle only the property division.
Call The Law Offices of James-Phillip V.M. Anderson and learn more about our Roseville unbundled legal services. We can be reached by calling (916) 282-7737 or by filling out our online contact form.
Something To Consider When Unbundling a Divorce
Our office works on divorce cases of all kinds, from the simple to the complex. We work in limited scope capacity, and we also handle cases as the attorney of record. Spouses should be aware that many of the issues in a divorce, while theoretically separate, do inherently overlap.
For example, the property division will decide what happens with the house. What happens with the house might end up being decisive in how child custody is handled, which in turn will have an impact on the final child support payment plan. Unbundling can still work, but it’s imperative that everyone involved be communicating about how decisions made in one area might ripple across the rest of the settlement.
Collaborative & Compassionate Legal Counsel
At The Law Offices of James-Phillip V.M. Anderson, we’re here to listen to clients, understand their needs, and then leverage our deep legal experience to meet those needs in the most efficient way possible. If a client wants to unbundle their divorce, we’re prepared to work with them and anyone else they have involved to get a fair settlement. Our Roseville unbundled legal services are sought out by clients across all of Pacer County, and throughout Nevada County and Sacramento County.
Call today at (916) 282-7737 or contact us online to set up a consultation.
Do I need a lawyer to get a divorce?A:
Strictly speaking, the answer is no. The state of California allows people to represent themselves. But—and yes, we understand we’re biased—there is a lot that is missed out on when a reliable and experienced attorney isn’t present. Important issues in the property settlement might be getting overlooked. Agreements on child support or spousal support might be less than what a spouse or parent deserves. And, even in the simplest of divorce cases, a lawyer can still provide efficient services in filing documents and responding to motions, allowing their client to focus on the next era of their life.
Who gets the house in a divorce?A:
The house will be subject to California’s community property laws, which require a 50/50 split of all marital property between the spouses. Whether the family home ends up with a spouse or being sold will depend on how the settlement is negotiated between the two parties. There is no uniform rule on how any particular piece of marital property should be distributed.
How is child custody decided?A:
Child custody decisions are made exclusively on the basis of what the courts deem is the best interests of the child. This will depend on a range of factors which will be unique to each couple, so there is no one-size-fits-all answer. But as an example, if it’s already been agreed that one spouse will get the family home, a court might deem it in the child’s best interest to live with that parent, simply for the stability of staying in the same house.