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In California, there are four main types of divorce proceedings: (1) Mediation, (2) Arbitration, (3) Litigation, and (4) Uncontested Divorce.

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While California law presumes that both parents will retain custody of their children, judges have significant discretion in making child custody arrangements.

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Under California law, domestic violence refers to abuse or threats of abuse between two people who are (or who have been) in an intimate relationship.

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Family law is the area of law that affects the rights and responsibilities that we have with people to whom we have a domestic relationship. As a result, the way that disputes related to family law are resolved can have a significant impact on the most important relationships in your life as well as your financial situation. For example, if you are getting a divorce, it could significantly impact the amount of time that you can spend with your children or even your financial stability.

At Furman & Zavatsky, we focus our practice on aggressively representing the rights of individuals with legal issues related to family law. Some examples of the types of cases we regularly handle are discussed below. For more information, call our office today at 818-528-3471 or contact us online.


People choose to divorce for a variety of reasons, but as a no-fault state, California does not require people who get a divorce to let the court know what those reasons are. While this fact makes it relatively easy to get divorced in California, it does not mean that the process is simple. Before a divorce can be finalized, many important issues must be resolved, many of which could affect your life for years to come. In addition, even if you and your spouse are able to agree about the way these issues should be resolved (a situation referred to as “uncontested divorce), you should still retain an attorney to ensure that your rights are fully protected and that you address all the issues that need to be addressed. Our Los Angeles divorce lawyers also handles divorce cases that involve special needs children.

Child Custody Disputes

Parents often have strong feelings about how their children should be raised and cherish the time that they are able to spend with them. It should come as no surprise, then, that disputes regarding child custody are among the most contentious and hard-fought in many divorces. As a parent, it is important to be aware of the fact that California courts have significant discretion when making decisions about child custody and, in a dispute, the judge’s decision is often made based on the evidence each parent submits. For this reason, it is critical to retain an attorney to protect your parental visitation rights and ensure that you obtain the child custody arrangement that you are seeking. One of the most painful aspects of a divorce is when children are involved, and child custody and visitation with the non-custodial parent needs to be resolved. In some cases, the Los Angeles family law court might determine that child visitation must be supervised, which can come in many different forms. When there are any safety or welfare issues involving the child, the judge will always use California’s best interest of the child policy to make their decision. This is especially true if there is a history of domestic violence or sexual abuse. If you are a parent who has experienced abuse, our Los Angeles family law attorneys handle custody arrangements that involve supervised child visitation.

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Child Support

Child support payments are payments paid from one parent to another parent in order to help with the costs associated with raising a child. They can be court-ordered or the parents can agree to a certain amount. Child support is generally paid by the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent, but alternative arrangements may exist as well. While child support is generally determined using a complex calculation that takes a number of factors into account, family law judges still have some discretion in making final decisions regarding child support. For this reason, it is not advisable to forgo retaining an attorney to represent you in a child custody dispute assuming that the judge will simply stick to the guidelines.

Spousal Support

Spousal support, often referred to as “alimony,” are payments made from the higher-earning party to the other party in order to pay for general living expenses. Spousal support payments generally involve the judge ordering one party to make regular payments to the other party for a predetermined period of time, and the amount of these payments will vary on a number of factors, including the length of the marriage, the standard of living established during the marriage, the job prospects of the spouse seeking support, each spouse’ assets and obligations (including separate property), whether there was any domestic violence, and others.

Call a Los Angeles Divorce Lawyer

Family law disputes have the potential to have a significant impact on your quality of life and overall happiness. As a result, it is critical for you to protect your rights to the fullest extent possible when involved in a dispute related to family law. The lawyers of Furman & Zavatsky have the skill and experience to resolve your case as favorably as possible and provide compassionate and understanding legal counsel and representation. We also offer flat fee legal services for divorce and family law issues.

To schedule a free consultation with one of our Los Angeles family law attorneys, call our office today at 818-528-3471. Read our blog on how to prepare for your first meeting with a divorce lawyer.

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