Keith Banks understands that divorce is a difficult time for you and your family. He offers compassionate and sound legal counsel and representation for clients seeking a divorce, legal separation, or an annulment. He also understands that every client’s situation is unique, so he customizes his services accordingly. Generally, Keith Banks encourages mediation and collaborative divorce whenever possible, as these options offer greater benefits for his clients. If you are in need of an experienced divorce attorney, contact our law firm in Davis, CA, today. You can reach us online or by calling (530) 725-5388.
What Happens During the Divorce Process?
Divorce, also known as the dissolution of marriage in the state of California, is the process in which the legal contract of marriage between two parties is dissolved. To begin the process, one party, usually with the help of an attorney, files a petition for divorce. Then, both parties can work with their attorneys to divide their marital assets and make agreements regarding child custody and visitation, as well as support payments. If the two parties cannot agree on terms regarding any of these matters, the courts will make a decision.
Keith Banks encourages mediation and collaborative divorce whenever possible, as they offer greater benefits for his clients.
In the event of divorce, both parties must agree to a division of all marital assets. This includes any property acquired during the marriage, such as a house or land, vehicles, furniture, jewelry, and more. These assets must be divided fairly between the two parties, though this does not always mean a 50/50 split. Other factors can affect which party receives certain property. For example, the party who has majority custody of a child may also keep the family home to provide the child with a sense of continuity. This may mean the other party receives other property to compensate for the house.
Child custody is one of the most difficult aspects of a divorce to agree upon. If parents can agree to a parenting or visitation schedule that suits both parties, they can keep the matter out of court. If they cannot, the courts will decide custody matters based on the child’s best interests. The courts will evaluate each parent’s involvement, stability, income, and other factors.
Generally, the parent who has majority custody of the child receives child support payments from the other parent. This helps to offset the costs of care for the child, including clothing, schooling, health care, and more. Keith Banks can help parents determine a reasonable amount of support and payment schedule to keep the matter out of court whenever possible.
Also known as spousal support, alimony is the payment from one party to the other after a divorce. It is especially common when one party did not work, such as a stay-at-home mom, or earned significantly less than his or her spouse. Alimony helps the other party maintain the lifestyle to which he or she was accustomed to while married.
Benefits of Working with a Compassionate Divorce Attorney
Keith Banks is part of a collaborative divorce group in Sacramento that aims to create the most constructive path for divorce, and he works with his clients to achieve amicable divorces outside of court whenever possible. If necessary, however, he has no qualms about going to trial to protect his clients’ interests.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you are facing a divorce, schedule a consultation to learn how we can help. Contact the Law Offices of Keith Banks today using our simple online form or call (530) 725-5388.