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Frequently Asked Questions About Divorce

You have a lot of questions.

As you should. A divorce has the potential to impact every single area of your life, from your kids to your business assets.

At the Law Office of Michael L. Seidman, we have the answers you need, backed by more than 35 years of experience in California courts. If you are ready to talk about the next steps in your divorce, contact us today for a free consultation with an attorney.

“How long does it take to get divorced?”

We get it. You want to move on. Our goal is to make that happen.

In most cases that will take between six months and one year, but factors such as complex business assets, protracted disagreements over children’s issues and litigation can extend the timeline. Learn more about what you can expect.

“How much does a divorce cost?”

How much do you have? Just kidding.

In all seriousness, the cost of a divorce is often overblown. However, the choices you make can have a significant impact on how much it will take for you to move on. If you and your spouse are willing to be reasonable and approach things amicably, the cost will be much less.

If you and your spouse choose to fight it out in court, the costs can be astronomical. We do everything in our power to achieve a settlement that is in your best interest without going to court. But, if it is necessary to protect your interests, we are fully prepared to litigate on your behalf.

“What will happen to my retirement assets?”

If you are approaching your retirement years, you may be counting on your retirement benefits, or your spouse’s benefits, as income in the future. Divorce could place that plan at risk.

Without knowing the specifics of your situation, we cannot tell you exactly what will happen to these assets. However, we have experience handling divorces where 401(k) accounts and government retirement benefits and pensions are involved. We can tackle these complex financial issues and make sure you have the assets you need to move on.

Let Us Put It All In Perspective For You

Many individual issues come together to create the totality of a finalized divorce. We can answer the questions you have now and the questions you may not have considered at this time. Contact us today to arrange a free consultation with a lawyer.

We are located in Bakersfield, and represent clients in Kern County and surrounding areas of California.