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Law Offices of Catherine A. Schwartz

Divorce Lawyer | Serving Inland Empire, CA

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951-686-8190

Over 20 years' Experience in Helping Clients with All their Family Law Needs.

At our law office, Attorney Catherine A. Schwartz brings over 20 years of experience as a family law and criminal defense attorney, including time as a public defender. That initial experience gave her insight into the court systems and evidence code and familiarity with judges, attorneys and courthouse staff. While she strives to settle family law matters in the best …

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Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP

Divorce Lawyer | Serving Inland Empire, CA

760-291-8233

Willing to Mediate, Ready to Litigate

The Oceanside family law attorneys of Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP, are committed to providing high-quality, aggressive, and effective representation for our clients. Our law office is founded on the principle that every client receives the individual attention and experienced legal representation that he or she deserves. Your legal needs are as important to us as they are …

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Law Office of Norma A. Koch

Divorce Lawyer | Serving Inland Empire, CA

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Experiencia, atención y compasión.

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We handle family law, divorce, child custody, and bankruptcy cases in the Rancho Cucamonga area. Regardless of your specific situation, know that we’ll provide you with the same personal attention and compassionate representation we offer every client. We do everything we can to develop a better understanding of your situation. Then we apply our thorough knowledge of …

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Law Offices of David P. Schwarz

Divorce Lawyer | Serving Inland Empire, CA

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Dedicated and Fair-Priced Representation. Over 18 Years of Experience. Call for a Free 15-Minute Consultation Today!

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Inland Empire Divorce Information

Are You Considering Getting a Divorce?

If you are considering ending a marriage or registered domestic partnership, arming yourself with information is your best first step. A skilled Inland Empire divorce lawyer can show you what will occur during a divorce proceeding and legally who is entitled to what.

The Divorce Process

Filing for divorce is the first step, but there are other options throughout the process. Most divorces have many questions as to the division of property and, if you have children, child custody and child support.

Some couples are able to reach an agreement through mediation, others may have to depend on the judge to make the final decision. While the divorce process will vary by state, you will have to file with a family court in your jurisdiction to obtain a final decree of divorce as well as to request child custody and child support payments. Divorce can be messy, so make sure to arm yourself with a divorce attorney.

Top Questions to Ask When Hiring an Attorney

  • How many years have you been practicing law? How long have you practiced law in the local area?
  • How many cases similar to mine have you handled in the past?
  • What is the likely outcome for my case?

In legal practice, experience matters. An experienced attorney will likely have handled issues similar to yours many, many times. Therefore, after listening to your situation, the attorney should have a reasonable idea of the time line for a case like yours and the likely resolution.

The Importance of a Good Consultation

The goal of an initial consultation is to find an attorney you are comfortable working with and someone who can help you understand your options under the law. Seek to understand the relevant legal experience the attorney brings to your case. While it is not realistic to expect an attorney to resolve your legal issue during an initial consultation, you should gain a level of comfort with his/her ability to do so. A good consultation can clarify issues, raise pertinent questions and considerations for your case, and help you make an informed decision towards resolving your legal issue.

Types of legal fees:

Bill by the hour: Many attorneys bill by the hour. How much an attorney bills you per hour will vary based on a number of factors. For instance, an attorney's hourly fee may fluctuate based on whether that hour is spent representing you in court or doing research on your case. Attorneys in one practice area may bill you more than attorneys in a different practice area.

Contingent fee: Some lawyers will accept payment via contingent fee. In this arrangement, the lawyer receives a percentage of the total monetary recovery if you win your lawsuit. In sum, the lawyer only gets paid if you win. Contingent fee agreements are limited to specific practice areas in civil law.

Flat fee: For "routine" legal work where the attorney generally knows the amount of time and resources necessary to complete the task, he/she may be willing to bill you a flat fee for services performed.

Common legal terms explained

Personal jurisdiction - Requirement that a particular court have authority over a person, in order to bind that person to the judgment of the court, based on minimum contacts. International Shoe Co v. Washington is a landmark Supreme Court case outlining the scope of a state court's reach in personal jurisdiction.

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