Contested Divorce

complex-property-issuesMost people want an uncomplicated divorce that allows them to just move on with their lives. Unfortunately, an amicable divorce is not always possible. Sometimes, despite the best efforts of each spouse or partner, the issues are just too complex and the disagreements too severe to be able to find a resolution through negotiations and/or mediation.

If your divorce is more complicated — if you and your former spouse or partner are embroiled in disagreement, if he or she is not being honest about finances or is manipulating the process in order to inflict emotional pain — you need the help of a highly experienced divorce lawyer.
Attorney, Rory Coetzee and our legal team are committed to protecting your rights in court, and your financial interests in the division of marital assets. Mr. Coetzee has many years of experience representing clients in California family law court and has proven trial skills.
When you need aggressive legal representation in divorce court, contact our Monterey / San Jose Law Office to schedule an initial FREE consultation.

Proving Your Case in Court:
 The most commonly contested issues in divorce are the division of marital property and child custody and visitation. In order to advance our clients' interests in these areas, it is sometimes necessary to bring in experts to review the situation and provide an opinion.

A question that may arise in the division of marital property is whether something is a marital asset (community property) or a separate asset that does not need to be divided. We may also need to get a proper valuation of an asset. This becomes more complicated in a down economy. We have access to forensic accountants, real estate experts, and other financial experts to give an opinion on property and assets.

When child custody becomes an issue in a contested divorce, we work with child custody evaluators and child psychologists to look at parenting strengths and family relationships. This may be particularly important if a client wants to prevent the other parent from leaving the state with the child. Parental relocation and child move-away situations are increasingly common.

A problem that can occur if one spouse is self-employed is improperly reporting his or her income. The spouse may under-report income, fail to disclose assets, misuse business income for personal uses, or falsely report expenses. A business analyst may be needed to present the court with a more accurate picture of the finances of the business.

Picking the Right Lawyer Is the First Step in Winning Your Case.

Contact our Monterey or San Jose office today to schedule a free thirty minute consultation with an experienced Monterey / Santa Clara County / San Benito, California family lawyer.

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  • Monterey Divorce Lawyer

    587 Hartnell Street
    Monterey, CA 93940-2822
    Tel: (831) 275-1191
    Fax:(831) 275-1197


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