Pre-Divorce Planning

Once upon a time, you planned your wedding. Ending a marriage also takes planning. Before filing the papers or asking your spouse for a divorce, proactive steps may protect you, your children and your finances, and hopefully spare everyone from a draining legal battle.

I am experienced Los Angeles divorce lawyer Debra Opri. I will put you in the best legal position, and help you mentally prepare for the turbulent times ahead.

Getting Your Ducks In A Row Before Divorce

With over 28 years of experience in California family law, I will help you take stock and create an action plan regarding:

  • Breaking the news to your spouse and your children
  • The marital home and living arrangements
  • Parenting arrangements (custody and visitation)
  • Legal fees and living expenses
  • Bank accounts and liquid assets
  • Interim child support and spousal support
  • Relocating away from Los Angeles

Hoping For The Best But Preparing For Court

How will your spouse react? If you are worried about domestic violence or stalking, you may need a restraining order. Will your spouse take the children or retaliate in other ways? Can you reach a settlement or do you expect a courtroom battle? Predivorce planning will pay off.