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Experienced, Trusted Representation In Divorce And Family Law

With over 15 years of combined experience, the attorneys at Engels-Janzen offer family law representation that is smart, strategic and compassionate. We understand how difficult divorce can be for the entire family, and we focus on providing divorce solutions that protect you and your children while safeguarding your long-term financial interests.

A Basic Overview Of Divorce In California

The legal term for divorce in California is dissolution. When you file for divorce, you file a petition for dissolution. The State of California does not require fault in order to file for dissolution, it is a no-fault state. This means that you can divorce for any reason, and that reason cannot be held against you for the dissolution itself. Fault is sometimes a factor in matters like spousal support, custody of children and child support, which can get complicated and confusing.

The dissolution process is not an easy one. It is complicated to navigate and requires an attorney with a strong knowledge of the law and the court system. That’s what you can expect when you work with our firm.

Super Lawyers has named Chris Engels a Top Rated Family Law Attorney in Costa Mesa and selected him as a 2022 Rising Star

Addressing Division Of Property

California is a community property state, which means that any property, no matter where situated, while acquired during marriage, is presumed to be jointly owned. That definition is a mouthful and much more complex than “each spouse gets 50% of everything.” Community property is a presumption, and there are many factors that input into rebutting that presumption when fighting for separate property rights.

When you are fighting over houses, cars, stocks, bonds, retirement, pensions, checking accounts, debts, loans and anything else that you own, you want to make sure you have someone that knows the law and will fight for you like the attorneys at Engels-Janzen.

Read our answers to some commonly-asked questions about divorce in California.

Protecting A Closely Held Business In Divorce

Oftentimes couples have businesses that were started before marriage, during marriage and even a business partnership with their spouse. Business valuations and divisions are complicated and may require expert testimony to fully understand the scope and value of the businesses.

Christopher Engels is a business owner, has employees and understands the inner workings of small, medium and large businesses. With the aid of Engels-Janzen‘s exclusive accounting and business valuation expert, we can make sure you get all you are entitled to when it comes to community property business valuations.

Discuss Your Case With Us For Free

When you need to dissolve your marriage, you want someone you can trust, someone who will fight for you. You will find that here at Engels-Janzen. We are based in Cosa Mesa and serve clients throughout Orange and Los Angeles counties. To discuss your case and get your questions answered in a free initial consultation, call us at 949-424-2114 or fill out our online contact form.