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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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Happy Clients

  • 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

  • I have faith in Jeffery Graff.

    “I am a battered woman. Jeffrey saw this when I walked in a year ago to hire him to get a divorce. I was not ready. I thought I could save my 27yr marriage. He knew I would be back when I was ready. He never pushed me to follow through, he waited for me to make to be ready for the long haul. I finally did it! I got tired of being abused in so many ways. Jeffery is a very patient man. I know he will take care of me!!!!! So far so good. I know he is going to keep me in my house for now or ever. He was honest and said we may have to sell but I know the job will get done in my best interest!”

    Former Client

  • 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.”


  • Mr. Graff, thank you so very much for all you have done for me and my family.

    “I am writing this to let you know how much I appreciate all your past services in completing my divorce and inter-spousal transfer deed! I want to express my sincere appreciation and gratitude for your expertise, patience, and professionalism during a very difficult time in my life.Thanks to you taking good care of my case, I refinanced my home in March of this year, and finally have the new deed in my name! This blessing is because you agreed to take my case and you and your staff completed the transaction through the end ... thank you! Mr. Graff, thank you so very much for all you have done for me and my family I am very appreciative and wanted you to know.”

    Former Client

  • I cannot give Jeffrey Graff enough accolades.

    “I knew Jeffrey personally as a proud family man and a pillar of the community with an stellar reputation as a family/divorce attorney. When my daughter was going through her divorce and had several bad experiences with two attorneys, in the Westlake Village area, I recommended Jeffery to her. After meeting with us to discuss the situation and issues, Jeffery and his staff went to work, we went to court, Jeffery not only got the results my daughter had hoped for, but also managed to have the opposing party cover his fees, he is beyond knowledgeable, professional and fair, he's brilliant at what he does and worth every penny. I have since recommended Jeffrey to all my friends and acquaintances who need legal help and will continue to do so. I cannot give Jeffrey Graff enough accolades and thanks for his help and exceptional negotiating skill in settling the case, thank you, again.”

    Dianne R.