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Attorney Jeffrey S. GraffFor more than three decades, I, Jeffrey S. Graff, have guided countless individuals through the divorce process. I know how distressful it can be to make such a life-changing decision. However, I can help you move on to the next chapter of your life with everything you need to make a smooth transition.

I can handle even the most complex divorces, including:

Ready to move forward with your divorce? Request a free consultation when you call (805) 633-4999.

If you have any questions about the laws on divorce in California, allow me to assist you. As an experienced divorce lawyer, I will work diligently to help you obtain the positive results you need to feel at ease about your future. Whether you wish to settle your divorce through mediation or fight for your interests in court, I have the skills required to represent you.

Reasons to Choose the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Graff

  • Free Initial Consultations
  • After-Hour & Weekend Appointments Available
  • Cost-Effective Legal Solutions
  • Backed By 35+ Years Of Experience
  • Thousands of Families Helped
  • Skilled Mediator

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What to Consider Before Filing for Divorce

At Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Graff, we understand each family is different but over the last 30 years of practicing family law, we have compiled a general list of things you should consider before filing for divorce.

Your Finances

Before you file for a divorce, take a look at your finances. Consider how much marital debt you and your spouse have and evaluate your separate means of income. The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Graff can help you get a clearer picture of what divorce could mean for the future of your finances. We can also help you develop a financial plan.

Economic aspects you should consider:

  • Bank Accounts: Many couples have joint bank accounts. If you both share a bank account, you may want to think about opening a bank account of your own before finalizing the divorce.
  • Insurance Coverage: If you have a medical condition covered by your spouse’s insurance you may want to discuss how your divorce could affect your coverage.
  • Dividing Assets: If you own one modest family home or if you own several properties around the country together, you and your spouse should consider discussing who will get what after the divorce.
  • Credit Scores: Contrary to popular belief, you credit score isn’t tied to your significant other. However, if you have co-signed on to any loans or credit lines, any late or missed payments could affect your credit score.

How Your Children Will Handle It

Consider discussing the changes that will happen to him or her once the divorce is settled with your partner first. For example, develop a plan regarding where your child will live, which school they will attend and what therapist they should see before breaking the news. If possible, it is always best to allow for as little change as possible so you child doesn’t feel too uprooted. If you can keep them in the same school, with the same support system of friends they will likely have an easier time handling the divorce.

Develop a Plan

To reduce the prospect of arguments or disagreements down the line, sit down with your spouse and develop a separation plan. Discuss custody, visitation, child care options and holidays. You may also want to consider how you plan to split the property and whether or not you will both live in the same house while the divorce is being finalized.

Thousands of Families Assisted Successfully

With more than 35 years of experience and thousands of family law cases behind me, I am well-practiced divorce lawyer in Westlake Village who knows very well how emotionally draining the divorce process can be for all parties involved. Whether your divorce is uncontested or contested, I will do everything possible to make this experience less overwhelming for you. How? Not only will I explain your rights and options to you, but I will also handle all the paperwork related to your case and make sure it is filed appropriately.

If you choose to settle your divorce in a more private manner, I can provide you with the mediation services you need behind closed doors. I can represent you during your meetings and negotiate on your behalf to ensure your rights are protected. I will remain at your side until your divorce is finalized.

Work With A Trusted Attorney

To better accommodate my clients, I offer after-hour and weekend appointment times for those who need reliable counsel. Besides serving residents of Westlake Village, I also proudly serve individuals residing in Agoura Hills, Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Camarillo, Ventura and Calabasas.

Give me a call for experienced divorce counsel in Westlake Village, CA.

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Happy Clients

  • He understands family dynamics because he has experience working with many different types!

    “Jeff is very kind and always takes time to listen to my issues and questions. He is very professional. Jeff is always prepared for court and his experience is obvious when you see that all the judges know him and regard him with great esteem. Jeff understands family dynamics because he has experience working with many different types of issues which characterized my case. If you would like to be able to trust that your lawyer is going to resolve your issue to the best possible outcome while being professional and courteous, Jeff Graff is the attorney for you.”

    Paul

  • His team helped restore hope into our family in a time of uncertainty. That alone make Jeff a fantastic attorney aside from his knowledgeable legal skills.

    “Jeff and his team are by far the best to work with. His staff is kind, courteous, and he is excellent at getting the job done in a timely fashion. He is very straight forward and makes it easy to understand what is going on step by step in your case. His experience and insight into the family law field is excellent. Jeff and his office have helped my family tremendously and I would recommend him to anyone who is looking for family law help. If you wants to be sure it is done correct the first time and that your family's best interest are always cared for, he is the guy. His team helped restore hope into our family in a time of uncertainty. That alone make Jeff a fantastic attorney aside from his knowledgeable legal skills.”

    Catherine

  • He worked efficiently to get the best and honest result for my family in child support matters.

    “I chose Mr. Graff to represent me in my divorce since he was also knowledgeable with bankruptcy law. He promptly returned phone calls, was quite helpful and consistent in advising me. He knew and understood my case and was very professional in representing me. Furthermore, I knew he was well respected in the courtroom and by other attorneys. He worked efficiently to get the best and honest result for my family in child support matters. I would absolutely hire him again and definitely recommend him to anyone in need of family law representation.”

    Kathy

  • I felt that he always had my best interest in mind!

    “I selected Jeff to represent me because he specialized divorce cases and had worked with the Ventura County judges for many years. He was very patient with me as dealt with the emotions of getting a divorce after a 19-year marriage, and helped me through the terrible stress of facing my ex-spouse and being in the courtroom. He gave me very good advice on how to manage the property settlement, especially on when I should capitulate and when I should hold my ground. I felt that he always had my best interest in mind (rather than just collecting his fee) and worked diligently to bring the case to a fair conclusion.”

    Mrs. M

  • Long story short, Jeff was able to get the monthly amount we paid cut down by more than half!!

    “Jeffrey handled my Family matter. Jeff is great!! He really helped me and my husband fight my husband’s ex. My husband got hurt at work and we were really having a tough time. My husband ex’s got a big child support order against my husband and we didn’t even know that she went to Jeffrey handled my family matter. Jeff is great!! He really helped me and my husband fight my husband’s ex-wife. My husband got hurt at work and we were really having a tough time. My husband ex-wife had a huge child support order against my husband and we didn’t even know that she went to court for that!! Then, she started coming after us for this big child support money every month. She wouldn’t even let her kids come over to visit with us and my kids, but just wanted the money and my husband wasn’t working. My co-worker went to Jeff for her divorce and she told me to call and talk to him. I am so thankful that I called him. I talked to him and he explained everything to me. I needed that because I didn’t know what to do. My husband and I met with him in his office. Jeff and the secretary were both so nice and very professional. I completely trust them! Long story short, Jeff was able to get the monthly amount my husband pays to his ex-wife cut down by more than half!! And on top of that got the judge to make my husband’s ex let the kids come and visit with my husband, who is still hurt, and my kids. Everything worked out so much better than I thought it could. I didn’t know we had a choice and that we could go to the judge to lower the support AND let us see the kids. I would recommend Jeff to anyone who need help with family law. Very Helpful.”

    Linda