What Issues Can Complicate Your Divorce?


People filing for divorce in Pasadena often make the mistake of thinking the only complicated divorce is one in which millions of dollars in marital assets are up for grabs. However, you don't have to be a millionaire to have a complicated divorce that requires the services of a skilled attorney.

If you or your spouse is in the military, you need a divorce attorney with experience in military law. The Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act (USFSPA) can award up to 50 percent of the military member’s retired pay (or up to 65 percent if the settlement includes court-ordered child support) in the event of a divorce. This is a substantial asset for most divorcing couples, but not all attorneys are fully versed in the USFSPA.

Self employment income complicates divorce proceedings because it often varies widely from year to year, thus making it hard to calculate appropriate alimony and/or child support. Owning a business can also be problematic. In addition to its uncertain and fluctuating income, it also gives a spouse opportunities to hide assets.

If you are the victim of domestic violence or you have reason to believe that your spouse may be violent towards you and/or your children during the divorce, you need an attorney who is sensitive to these matters and can work to help institute legal protections while the divorce is being finalized.

Resident aliens who divorce after less than two years of marriage can lose their resident status. Children could also face deportation. If your divorce involves a spouse who is not a United States citizen, you need an attorney with experience in immigration law.

How Can We Help?

Regardless of the exact circumstances of your divorce, the best thing you can do for yourself is to hire a skilled attorney to advocate on your behalf. Please call our office at (626) 683-8113 or email us at info@PasadenaLawOffice.com if you are in need of legal representation. Our team of experienced Pasadena divorce attorneys is well equipped to handle a variety of divorce concerns.