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Regardless you are considering divorce at the age of 30s, 40s or above 50s, the process is both mentally and emotionally draining.  Obviously young couples with children have different issues to address when compared to couples who divorce later in life.  Find out your rights and options by seeking legal advice.  Every family's situation is different due to the combination of any of the following factors:

  • length of the marriage
  • age and number of children
  • age and income of each spouse
  • amount of separate and community properties owned
  • amount of debt and liabilities
  • value of financial accounts
  • value of pension and retirement accounts
  • ability of each spouse to be financially independent
  • execution of a prenuptial agreement 

Tough issues to tackle during divorce include:

  • child support
  • child custody and parenting
  • spousal support
  • valuation of real and personal property
  • valuation of family business
  • valuation of retirement accounts
  • allocation of assets and property, including: house, family business, retirement benefits, investment accounts and properties
  • separation of debts and liabilities 

This is the time to stay calm and make good decisions.  The parenting plan, child custody, spousal maintenance, child support and allocation of your assets, debts and retirement accounts will affect you and your family for many years to come.  With compassion and expertise, Attorney Stephanie Ko will help you understand the process, minimize conflicts with spouse, minimize cost, work efficiently with mediators, and avoid costly, mentally and emotionally draining court battles.

When to Seek Legal Advice

Please seek legal advice if you decided to file for a divorce or as soon as you are being served with Summons to respond to a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage.  Once the Petition is filed, the parties will be required to follow a straight timeline according to the State law and court rules.  Missing the deadline to respond to the Petition can cause detrimental results to you, your children and unfair separation of properties, debts and liabilities. 

Attorney Stephanie Ko speaks Mandarin and Cantonese.  She also reads and writes Chinese.  Please set up an appointment today.