FAQ

How much will child support and spousal support be?

Child support and spousal support are calculated using a formula fixed by state law.  The factors which determine these amounts include your income, your spouse’s income, the number of children, the timeshare with the children, and whether support payments are made for children of a different relationship.  In the court's discretion, the judge can set child or spousal support above or below the "guideline" support amount.  I will advocate for support amounts which are advantageous to you.

What will my timeshare with the children be?

The standard the court uses is what is in the best interests of the children.  The court will take into account each parent’s history of caring for the children and their future ability and willingness to do so.  Each case is different.  I will advocate for a fair and practical timeshare with your children.

What is the Cost of Divorce in California?

In most cases, the divorce in California ranges from more than $5,000 to nearly $40,000. These varied costs depend on a number of factors, as no two divorce situations are alike.

On average, the cost is about $17,500. Note that divorce proceedings involving children tend to be the most expensive to conclude.

Why Are Estate Plans Necessary?

An estate plan is essential, as it will allow you to provide for the future of your loved ones. This type of plan will ensure that your loved ones will be appropriately cared for if you end up suffering incapacity or disability. Without an estate plan in place to define your assets, the extra hours of legal legwork can make it more costly to divorce in California. When you know the right family law questions to ask, you can avoid the expensive, time-consuming, and public process of probate if you have a strong estate plan, which will allow for the private distribution of your estate. Lastly, a well-thought-out estate plan can keep your loved ones from experiencing the emotional ordeal of fighting over an estate once you pass away.

At the Law Office of Michael C. MacNeil, I can put together a plan for you that will safeguard your loved ones’ financial futures based on your wishes. At the same time, I will take the necessary steps to reduce your death taxes.

What if I already have a trust?

If you have a trust, you may need to revisit it right away. The reason for this is that events might have occurred over the past few years that might require you to update the trust. These events may include a child’s birth, a beneficiary’s death or a new home purchase. Another example of a life event that may impact your trust is the refinancing of your home.

In addition, keep in mind that estate law is changing constantly. At the Law Office of Michael C. MacNeil, I can make changes to your trust and other estate planning documents to ensure that your wishes will be upheld at minimal cost under the newest California estate and divorce laws.

Can I Create My Own Will?

Yes, you can put together your own will. However, only an estate law attorney’s expertise will make certain that your property is fully protected. In addition, if I create a will for you, you can be sure that the medical decisions made for you if you become incapacitated will be exactly as you wish.

How Long Will My Divorce Take?

Sadly, in California, family law courts’ calendars are quite full. For this reason, the process of divorce usually lasts between eight and 20 months, with 15 months being the average. Unscrupulous lawyers take advantage of this by adding unnecessary billable hours to increase the cost of your divorce.

How Can I Get Divorced As Quickly As Possible?

I am passionate about pushing courts and opposing attorneys to be expeditious with your case. Keep in mind, though, that the more complicated your divorce case is, the longer it may take to complete.

My goal is to get you past the stress of divorce as quickly as possible..

What if I have other family law questions?

Contact the Law Office of Michael C. MacNeil today to receive a free consultation and get answers to your biggest questions. I’ll share with you more about the possible cost of divorce in California for you, the next estate planning step you should take, and other valuable information based on your situation.