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Family Law Specialist Litigates Divorce in San Diego, California

Reputable attorney provides professional legal services

If you are considering divorce or have been served with a divorce petition, The Law Office of Steven M. Bishop, CFLS can help. Divorce can be extremely difficult and anxiety can make it difficult to make clear-headed decisions. Working with an attorney who understands and cares about your situation is important for obtaining the results you need. We provide a professional and dedicated approach to filing for divorce, communicating with you every step of the way. Our passion to protect your financial and parental rights is what motivates us.

The Law Office of Steven M. Bishop has built an excellent reputation for delivering quality legal representation in matters related to:

  • Child support
  • Parenting plans
  • Community property classifications
  • Valuation of assets

When you retain our services, you can rest assured that that we shall manage your divorce with the utmost care and professionalism.

Contested vs. uncontested divorce in San Diego

The divorce process is uncontested if you and your spouse agree on the major issues, and contested if you do not agree and require resolution by the court. A summary dissolution is an additional option in California if you and your spouse meet the following requirements:

  • Agree that neither will receive spousal support
  • Have no interest/ownership in real estate
  • Have been married less than five years
  • Have no children together
  • Do not have separate property worth more than $32,000
  • Do not have community assets greater than $32,000
  • Have unpaid debts greater than $4,000
  • Have lived in California for the last six months and county for three months
  • Your grounds for divorce are irreconcilable differences

With nearly 40 years of family law experience, attorney Stephen M. Bishop can help you dissolve your marriage in the most appropriate manner.

Common mistakes and myths about divorce in San Diego

Often, misconceptions about divorce cause people to delay taking action which compromises their rights. Some common errors people make in divorce situations include:

  • Taking friends' advice without consulting with a divorce lawyer
  • Entering into agreements without checking with professional attorneys
  • Avoiding and procrastinating the unfortunate inevitable divorce:
    • allows time for spouses to strategically plot asset distribution
    • can lead to diminishing property assets; home value
    • can sometimes decide status quo in child custody cases

Some common myths are:

  • Men never get the kids. 
    (In today's current legal courts it has become more 50/50.)
  • If you sell the house, you will get half.
    (Not necessarily true.)
  • Your expenses are what decide financial support. 
    (Your expenses have nothing to do with child support decisions, but they can have an impact on spousal support issues.)
  • Spousal support is already taxed.
    (Spousal support is taxed after receiving.)

If you have questions about various aspects of divorce, such as how much a divorce costs or how property division works in California, you should speak to an experienced family law attorney as soon as possible.

Contact a certified family law specialist in San Diego to manage your divorce

If you are considering getting a divorce in San Diego County, you need lawyers who will protect your property, your family and your rights. To speak with an attorney, please call The Law Office of Steven M. Bishop, CFLS  at 619-299-9780, or fill out our online contact form.