Lake Forest Family Attorney

Jason Smith is an Lake Forest family attorney. He represents clients in Lake Forest and surrounding communities with their family law needs. Mr. Smith handles a variety of family law cases, ranging from divorces and annulments, to child custody and property division. You can find a full list of our practice areas on this page.

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Lake Forest Facts

According to the most recent US Census data available, Lake Forest is a city with a population of more than 82,000 residents. The town reportedly gets it’s name from a grove of Eucalyptus trees planted at the turn of the last century by land owner Dwight Whiting.

While divorce statistics for Lake Forest are difficult to pin down, the OC is believed to have one of the highest divorce rates in the nation. Regardless of whether you live in Lake Forest, somewhere else in South OC rest assured, Mr. Smith can handle your case. Continue reading to learn some general information about the type of work Mr. Smith does.

What Does a Family Attorney Do?

Divorce, Annulment, Legal Separation

While people fall in love with the best of intentions, all too frequently relationships fall apart. Each family separation is different. Some can be relatively easy, requiring a more simple legal process such as annulment. However, particularly when a couple has children, property or debt, the situation can require more attention. A couple may have to go to court to settle their differences and finalize a divorce.

Whatever your current situation, whether you’re seeking a divorce, annulment or legal separation, it is highly recommended that you contact a qualified family lawyer to be fully informed of your options and risks.

It’s especially important to speak to a Lake Forest family attorney when children are involved. Even when separations are amicable, attitudes can change with time, and a custody order could prove vital if one parent decides to be difficult later down the road.

Division of Assets & Community Property

California Family Code §760 is known as the state’s community property law. It basically states that all property, real or personal, acquired by a married person during the marriage is community property.

The family code also states that property must be divided among the separating spouses equally. Deciding how to divide things equally (who gets the car, who gets the house, who gets what money) can be a can be one of the most complicated and stressful aspects of a divorce — most things can’t simply be cut in half. Mr. Smith helps clients sort through tedious court filings, as well as financial paperwork and property records to ensure they get their fair and equal share of community property following a divorce.

Lake Forest Family AttorneySpousal Support and Alimony

Courts make rulings on spousal support with guidance from California’s Family Code §4320. This section of the law states that the court must consider the earning capacity of each spouse and whether it is financially suitable to maintain the standard of living established during the marriage.  There are other factors the court will consider before making a ruling on spousal support or alimony. A good lawyer will be vital in helping you present your case in order to achieve the best payment plan possible.

Child Support Issues

California’s Family Code sets specific guidelines when it comes to the issue of child support. Section 3900 states, the following:

“The father and mother of a minor child have an equal responsibility to support their child in the manner suitable to the child’s circumstances.”

Prior to issuing an order on child support, the court will consider a number of factors. It is a good idea to have a Lake Forest family attorney help you with this process in an effort to obtain the best support plan possible for your children.

Child Custody

Whenever child custody becomes a point of contention in a divorce or separation, it is always a highly emotional experience. There are different types of custody to consider — legal and physical. In either case, these types of custody can be jointly held by both parents, or in some cases only one. While the law seeks to keep frequent and lasting contact between children and both of their parents in a post separation situation, a parent should not try to negotiate the custody of their child without the help of a good family attorney — particularly in cases where the other parent is attempting to achieve sole custody.

Consult a Lake Forest Family Attorney

Whether your family situation is relatively simple, or tense and complex, it is highly recommended you consult with a family attorney to discuss your options. In some cases, it’s just a good idea to make sure any loose ends are tied up. Mr. Smith serves clients in Lake Forest and surrounding areas. If you are going through a divorce or other family related legal issue, contact our office to see how we can help.

It’s important to remember that this website is intended to be informational only. Because each family law case is different, you should consult an attorney to make sure the particulars of your specific case are covered.