Child Support and Divorce Services in Chula Vista, CA
Family law cases are often complex and emotionally charged. Ronald J. Pullen is an experienced family law and divorce attorney who will make sure your voice is heard. We fight for your rights and protect the things that matter most in your life.
Divorce & Separation
Ending a relationship is never easy, and the divorce process can make a difficult situation even more complex — even though California is a no-fault divorce state. Our team has the experience to guide you through the divorce process with our professional divorce services.
A couple can divide their property however they want, even unequally, as long as they both agree. But tensions often escalate during property division. We prepare a settlement agreement and make sure you are happy with the terms. If you and your former partner can't agree on how to divide your possessions, the matter may have to go to court. However the matter is resolved, it is important to have an experienced attorney on your side. Ronald J. Pullen will act in your best interests, protect your rights, and be available to your throughout the whole process.
Every child support case is different, and we provide the personalized service that your family needs. If you and the other parent can work out a child support agreement, you may not have to deal with the court system. Developing a parenting plan outside of court can also be beneficial for your children; as parents, you know what is best for them and how much support they need to thrive. If necessary, our team helps clients establish, enforce, and modify child support orders. We can even help determine paternity. Our goal is to reach the best outcome for you and your family.
Ronald J. Pullen can help you estimate a child support order under California's child support guidelines or consider the factors for spousal support. Then, he will work with you to learn what your expectations are for child support and discuss ways to meet those expectations. We will be there before and after support is ordered to help you enforce a support order or contest it. The court uses a formula to determine child support, which takes into account a number of factors, including:
• Each Parent's Monthly Income • Number of Children • The Amount of Time You Spend with Your Children
• Medical, Daycare & Other Costs • The Best Interests of the Children
Spousal support — also called alimony or spousal maintenance — is the money that one spouse pays another to support them while they develop job skills or try to maintain a certain standard of living after a divorce. In California, a domestic partner can also ask for support during separation or divorce. The court can decide to order no support, temporary support, or permanent support. This decision depends on a variety of factors, including:
• The Number of Years Married • The Lifestyle You Had During Marriage
• The Age, Health, Income & Expenses of Each Spouse • Whether or Not There Are Minor Children Involved
Situations change. Parents lose jobs, children move, and exes remarry. Spousal support and child support orders are never set in stone. They can and should be modified when something significant changes. Since there are specific rules about when a support order can be modified, please contact us to see if you qualify for modification. We can also help you fight a modification when it doesn't seem fair.
In California, child custody and visitation are arranged through a "parenting plan." This is an agreement between parents that determines how much time the children will spend with each parent and who should make important decisions for the children on matters such as health and education. Whether you are going through a legal separation or you want more time with your children, we can help you work out a plan for child custody and parenting time (visitation).
You know what is best for your children. We help you work with your spouse or the court to develop a parenting plan that is effective not only today but also tomorrow. We'll be by your side through court-ordered custody mediation, where a mediator helps you and the other parent work out your disagreements about child custody.
If you cannot agree on a parenting plan after mediation, a judge will make the decision for you. During a child custody hearing, our law firm will assert that your positions on child custody and visitation are in your child's best interest.
When Child Custody Isn't Simple
Determining what will happen to your children is rarely easy. You know that arguing about your children affects them, but you also know that getting it right is important. Ronald J. Pullen is a veteran family lawyer with a proven track record. Regardless of the issues you face — domestic violence, supervised visitation, shared decision-making — we will act in the best interests of you and your child and be accessible to answer your questions.