Family Lawyer in Pasadena, CA

When conflict arises in a family, it can be a painful and stressful experience for everyone involved. At the Law Firm of Grace Lea Chang, APC we understand how uncomfortable and difficult it can be to seek legal help for matters that are so intensely private and personal.
If you choose our firm to represent you, we promise to treat your case with the utmost compassion, respect, and sensitivity. Families in Pasadena trust us to help them navigate through the most difficult time in their lives. We get to know our clients
and listen to their worries, goals, and hopes for the future. Whether you are considering filing for divorce, have child custody issues, or have questions regarding any other domestic matter, we can develop a customized solution that brings you peace
of mind and puts you on a positive path forward. Call us at 626.792.5888 to schedule a free consultation.

Comprehensive Family Law Services

The divorce and family law attorneys at the Law Firm of Grace Lea Chang, APC have an in-depth understanding and familiarity with the Pasadena family court system and will guide you through the process every step of the way. By using negotiation, mediation and/or litigation, we can help you achieve resolution on any family matter you may be facing,

  • Filing for divorce (contested & uncontested)
  • Dividing marital property (assets, debts, and liabilities)
  • Determining a custody arrangement for your children
  • Establishing fair and reasonable child support or spousal support amounts
  • Seeking a protective order/restraining order in a domestic violence situation
  • Filing for adoption

Getting Divorced in California

The divorce process begins by filing a petition with the court requesting that your marriage is dissolved. California is a no-fault state,
which means you do not need to establish any wrongdoing on the part of your spouse in order to get divorced. Rather, you can just state
“irreconcilable differences” as grounds for filing.Six-Month Waiting Period: The earliest a divorce can be granted in California is six months from the date
the petition is filed.Summary Dissolution: A summary dissolution is the quickest, easiest and cheapest way to get a
divorce in California but you must meet certain qualifications to qualify, including:
  • your marriage lasted less than five years
  • you have no children
  • neither you or your spouse are seeking spousal support
  • you have less than $40,000 worth of community property

Uncontested Divorce: If you are not eligible for a summary dissolution but you and your spouse agree on all the issues, an uncontested
divorce is the next best thing. An amicable negotiation process most likely means you won’t have to endure court hearings, which
saves you time, money, and stress.

Contested Divorce: If you and your spouse cannot reach compromise on the terms of your divorce and its
related issues, then you are facing a contested divorce. In a contested divorce, a judge will make decisions for you.

There will be opportunities, however, to resolve your case without a judge’s interference. You can engage in mediation which
involves you and your spouse sitting down with a neutral mediator to attempt to hammer out your differences and reach compromise.
If you’re not interested in mediation, you will at least be required to attend a settlement conference before trial.

Financial Issues in a Divorce

In a divorce, you and your spouse must try to agree on how to divide your property and debts or ask a judge to do it for you.
According to California’s community property laws, all assets and debts that were acquired during your marriage equally belong
to both of you and are therefore subject to a 50/50 division in a divorce. Community property may include

  • Joint bank accounts
  • vehicles
  • family residence
  • home furnishings
  • IRA’s, 401k’s and/or pension accounts
  • jewelry, collectibles

To formulate a property settlement agreement, the following steps must be taken:

  • complete and exchange full and complete declarations of disclosure of all income, assets, and debts
  • identify which items are community property or separate property
  • determine fair market value for each item
  • allocate and divide

Read more about Alimony/Spousal Support and Child Custody.