Family law covers a broad range of topics, but they all relate directly to the family makeup. Working with families and how the law affects their dynamics is our expertise. We know that few areas of life contain as much emotional energy as the family. These are serious issues that are tremendously important for all those involved. When working with a family lawyer, you want the knowledge, expertise, and experience that can give you a strong chance at getting what you are seeking from the legal process.
However, we recognize that you are going to need more than that. You are going to need a team that is respectful of how important these issues are while being able to give you the information you need with the care you deserve. At Cianci Law, we can provide both. We are specialists in family law and have the legal prowess you’re looking for. We also respect the role that these issues play in your life. If you need help with a family law issue, look no further and reach out to us today.
One of the things that makes dealing with the law so frustrating for many people is their unfamiliarity with it. When that unfamiliarity is paired with the serious consequences that the legal process carries, it can leave people feeling helpless and anxious. What a good lawyer can do, though, is help ease some of that. It’s our job to represent you in the legal process. More than that, though, we are there to advocate on your behalf. The complexity and unfamiliarity of the law mean that it is wise to let someone with knowledge and experience in the law fight on your behalf. We take that responsibility seriously. When we are in court representing you, we intend to do so with the same earnestness that you would yourself.
There are technical advantages to working with a family lawyer as well. Because family law is so expansive and in high demand, many of the processes rely heavily on forms and following procedures correctly. While these might be things you could try to do yourself, it would take an excessive amount of time to understand how to do it properly. Beyond that, if you make an error, it can cause tremendous delays. On top of that, you are going to be dealing with high emotions and stress with any family issue. A southern Orange County family lawyer can help with that. We have a nuanced understanding of every form and procedure. We can efficiently handle the paperwork and procedural process to help you resolve your case sooner and with less stress.
It’s the management of stress that is an underrated part of working with a lawyer. During the tense process of dealing with a family law issue, peace of mind can be difficult to find. If you have a skilled family lawyer at your side, though, you can at least know that every legal option is being considered and a thorough strategy can be executed in the name of your interests.
At Cianci Law, we believe that we have the perfect meld of all three concerns.
Divorce can be a difficult issue, but we are ready to help you throughout the process. We are ready to advocate for our clients in their divorce. In each of the steps of the divorce process, we can help you seek a resolution that you can be comfortable with.
Tensions often run high in child custody situations. The court, though, is bound by law to rule only in what they believe will be in the child’s interest. They will rule on two kinds of custody:
In both cases, the judge may choose to award sole custody, where one parent alone is legally given custody, or joint, where the custody is shared. The judge is not required to give the same custody ruling regarding both physical and legal custody. That is why it’s not uncommon for one parent to be given sole physical custody but for both parents to be involved with joint legal custody. The judge is also prohibited from making custody decisions based on the sex or gender of the parent.
If you need someone to argue for your custody wishes in court, we are ready to do that. However, because it tends to allow for a little more involvement, many parents try to negotiate an agreement with each other. For a judge to sign off on that, it requires a solid parenting plan, which a family law attorney can help you write after they negotiate on your behalf.
Adoption is an important process that is meant to allow children to have the opportunity to get the fulfillment of family bonds that they might otherwise be lacking. As is always the case with family law and children, whatever is most beneficial for the child will guide how a court will rule on matters of adoption. Because there are so many safeguards in the adoption process to protect the child, it can be complex and challenging to understand. Some of the adoptions we help people navigate include:
Whatever adoption process you find yourself in, we understand how to guide you through it so that you can form your new family.
Domestic violence is one of the ugliest aspects of family law, but it is always a relief when we can do something to help protect victims from their abusers. It’s important to recognize the different forms that domestic violence can take, which include:
A domestic violence restraining order can offer victims of this kind of abuse some protection. It does so by requiring certain things of the abuser, like:
A violation of any of these things could lead to an immediate arrest. If you are a victim of domestic violence, we can help you seek a restraining order.
A common issue in divorce is the matter of property division. There can be extensive debate regarding what is separate property and community property. A prenuptial agreement or a postnuptial agreement is a way to reduce some of that disagreement if a divorce were ever to occur. While these agreements can be helpful, they can also be complex. Furthermore, they must be crafted correctly and with all the correct disclosures and formalities for a judge to treat the agreement as valid. We can help craft an agreement that meets the standards required and can help protect your assets if there is a divorce.
A guardianship is when someone other than the biological parent of a child has legal custody of that child. It is unlike adoption in that the parents do not forfeit their parental rights, and it’s possible for the parent to take their custody back from the guardian. In California, there are two kinds of guardianship:
As with all things involving the courts and children, the court will only do what it believes to be in the interest of the child. Therefore, if you want to argue for guardianship, we can help you put together an argument showing how such an arrangement will be beneficial for the child’s welfare.
Surrogacy can be a valuable option for couples who can’t otherwise have biological kids on their own. While surrogacy is legal, it can be an incredibly complex process from a legal perspective. There are so many variations of surrogacy, including donors of eggs, sperm, or embryos. There are also matters concerning the surrogate herself. Each situation needs contracts to address parental rights in a way that gives the intended parents those rights. Most, if not all, of these contracts should be done before the medical process of surrogacy begins. We can help put together these contracts and aid you in the process of raising your family.
At Cianci Law, we know that there are no simple, easy issues in family law. We’ve specialized in family law because we believe that we can have an impact on people’s lives and defend their interests. We want to be sensitive to the concerns and vulnerability that come with a family issue while navigating the legal process. Whether yours is a divorce, child custody, adoption, or another matter, we understand that the cases will likely be transformative in your life. That’s why we are ready to fight for you as you would for yourself. If you need help with a family law issue in Orange County, don’t hesitate to contact us today.
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