Rancho Santa Margarita Family Lawyer

If you are going through a divorce or custody issue, you need to hire a lawyer. Our Rancho Santa Margarita family lawyer, Jason Smith, has extensive experience and helps men and women with their family law issues. Though it’s difficult to estimate the number of family issues sought by Rancho Santa Margarita residents each year, Orange County in general is believed to have one of the highest rates of divorce in the nation.

Mr. Smith takes on cases throughout Orange County. Married with two children, he understands the emotional investment a person has in their family, and the challenges a person faces when going through a divorce. Continue reading to learn more about what a Rancho Santa Margarita family lawyer can do for you. If you have a specific family law issue, contact Mr. Smith to see how he can help.


What Does a Family Lawyer Do?

Divorce and Legal Separations

There are different ways in which a couple can separate. Some are relatively easy (annulments), while others can be extremely complex (divorces). Whatever your specific situation, it’s highly recommended you speak with a lawyer. Some couples who seek a divorce or separation might get along initially. However, things can change over time. It’s good to deal with issues such as custody and spousal support before a problem arises, and an ex spouse decides suddenly to be difficult.

In cases where there is a large amount of property or debt to deal with, a good family lawyer will be vital in helping you sort things out.

Alimony or Spousal Support

The law regarding spousal support is found in California Family Code § 4320. When making a determination of spousal support, the law says that the court must consider the earning capacity of each party and whether these earnings will be enough to maintain the standard of living established during the marriage.

The court will also consider a number of other factors before making its ruling. It’s important that you have a good lawyer to present the facts of your situation clearly during a spousal support hearing in order to achieve the fairest ruling.

Child Support

California Family Code §3900 outlines the state’s policy on child support.

“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.”

The court will take many things into consideration when deciding upon the fair amount of support that should be paid. If you are facing a child support hearing, it is highly recommended you have a good family lawyer to help you achieve the fairest support plan possible.

Child Custody

Any time child custody is an issue it is a stressful experience for parents. A good lawyer is vital to helping a parent keep an objective view of the proceedings and make rational decisions. The purpose of every child custody hearing is to find what constitutes the child’s best interest. It’s important that your lawyer can present a strong and persuasive case leading to a custody agreement that is best for you and your child.


California Family Code § 3020(b) states the following:

“The legislature finds and declares that it is the public policy of this state to assure that children have frequent and continuing contact with both parents after the parents have separated or dissolved their marriage.”

A good lawyer will help a parent seeking visitation with their child to exercise their legal rights.

Rancho Santa Margarita Family LawyerChoosing the Right Family Lawyer

Whether you live in the master-planned community of Santa Margarita, or somewhere else in the Golden State, not all of California’s lawyers are as intimately familiar with the family code as Mr. Smith.

A good family lawyer must also be aggressive enough to present a client’s case clearly and concisely in a courtroom setting. While there are no guarantees about how a judge will rule on your specific issue, you should have total confidence in your lawyer’s abilities. I

When deciding on a Rancho Santa Margarita family lawyer, you should carefully consider your financial situation as different attorneys use various rate structures to bill clients. Some charge a flat fee, while others charge retainer or hourly fees. Be sure you are aware of these different fee structures so there are no surprise charges down the road.

Consult a Rancho Santa Margarita Family Lawyer

Whether you live in Rancho Santa Margarita, or some other area in OC, Jason Smith is a family law attorney with the skills and experience to help you through whatever family legal issue you’re facing. The above listed issues are just some of the types of family cases Mr. Smith handles. If you have a question about your specific family issue, contact Mr. Smith to set up a consultation.