Frequently Asked Questions

Divorce and Family Law Attorney in Westlake Village, CA

Since 1981, I, Jeffrey S. Graff, have handled thousands of family law and divorce cases, ranging from the most straightforward to the most complex. Over the years, I have noticed that many of my clients share similar concerns regarding their cases. In an effort to better prepare my clients, I have collected these commonly asked questions and provided the answers below for your benefit.


Why can't I just file for divorce on my own?

While you can file for divorce on your own, I highly discourage you from doing so. Not only is the divorce process emotionally draining, it can also be very complex, especially when high assets are involved. Having legal representation can help ensure that your rights and interests will be protected throughout divorce proceedings.

How is property divided in divorce cases in California?

In the state of California, the property of married person is considered as community property, meaning that both spouses have equal ownership. This includes real estate, vehicles, and even debt. When dividing property, a judge will divide property equally among both spouses.

My former spouse is moving out of state with our child. What are my rights?

If your former spouse is moving out of state with your child, as a parent, you have the right to maintain regular contact or visitation with your child. The relocation of a former spouse can obviously threaten that right. Move-away or relocation cases tend to be very complex and challenging because they generally require new child custody orders. I can carefully take a look at the details of your case in order to file a motion on your behalf for new custody orders.

I have a busy work schedule. Do you offer after business hours?

Yes, I offer after-business hours! I can meet with you after hours or during the weekend if you are unable to meet with me during normal business hours. I understand how important it is to receive timely legal counsel and I will do everything possible to accommodate your needs.

Why should I hire your firm to represent me?

You should hire my firm to represent you because I have more than 35 years of experience in the area of family law. In addition, I am a skilled mediator and Judge Pro Tem. In other words, when you retain my legal services, you can feel confident in knowing that your case will be handled by a proven and highly qualified legal professional. In fact, I won an appellate court case in Ventura County that changed California family law. As your legal advocate, I will let nothing stand in my way when working towards the positive end-result you need to move on with your life.

More questions? Call the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Graff for a free case review!

If you wish to discuss your legal needs or another question that was not mentioned above, please don't hesitate to call my Westlake Village office today. I can give you the reliable legal counsel you need to make well-informed decisions for yourself and your family.


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