San Diego Divorce Lawyers

Julia M. Garwood • Certified Family Law Specialist

Divorce and Separation


Contact Garwood Attorneys in San Diego for legal expertise with any of the following:

  • Mediation – assistance coming to agreement outside the court room
  • Litigation – fighting for your rights inside the court room
  • Legal Separation – obtaining a legal document with legal orders from the courts
  • Annulment – proof that a legitimate marriage did not exist
  • Complex Property Division – division of property acquired before or after a marriage
  • Modifications to Existing Divorce Agreements – changes in circumstances

What Do I Do Now?

California divorce laws can be confusing – especially when you are dealing with all of the emotions related to your divorce. We can help. At Garwood Attorneys, our divorce and family law team will not only expertly represent you, but also will treat you as we would treat members of our own family. Whatever your situation, let us compassionately get you through this difficult time and get you back to your life.

When to Choose Divorce Mediation

The end of your marriage is a difficult time – even when it is the best thing for all parties involved. Divorce mediation may be a good choice if you and your spouse need assistance coming to an agreement on topics including child custody and visitation, division of assets, and spousal and/or child support, but when you wish to avoid additional costs and lack of control of a courtroom divorce. At Garwood Attorneys in San Diego, we believe that divorce mediation may be a great solution for a difficult situation.

When Litigation Is Required for Your Divorce

Sometimes, the emotions involved with your divorce can make it difficult for you and your spouse to agree on the details – even with the assistance of a skilled negotiator. In this case, you and your spouse will need to go before a judge who can make decisions regarding support, child custody and visitation, alimony, and division of property. When you need to resolve your divorce with litigation, you need a San Diego divorce lawyer who understands the court system and will fairly and aggressively fight for your rights.

What a Legal Separation Really Means

Some couples find themselves in a situation where they do not want to be divorced, but there is a financial reason to separate. Legal separation allows the parties to create a date of separation without actually dissolving their marriage. Similar to divorce proceedings, legal separation may require that a judge make decisions regarding spousal and child support, restraining orders, and other issues. Get a better understanding of legal separation with the help of the Garwood Attorneys team.

How You Can Get an Annulment

Are you wondering if you should file for divorce or seek an annulment? It can be confusing. California divorce laws allow marriage annulments for several reasons including: fraud, bigamy, incest, and age (one spouse under the age of legal consent at time of marriage). There are various factors you should consider when deciding between a divorce and an annulment. We can help you make an informed decision.

How to Deal with Complex Property Division

Even though California is a community property state, it does not mean that division of assets is always a simple process. Property and assets accrued during a marriage are treated differently than those acquired before marriage. Learn more about complex property division and contact our experienced San Diego divorce attorney to ensure you are being fairly treated.

How to Modify Your Existing Divorce Agreement

If you already have a finalized California divorce, but realize that you need clarity on a vague order, or to update child custody or support (child or spousal), we can help. Circumstances change and your divorce agreement should reflect those. Our skilled San Diego legal team can help you modify your finalized divorce agreement. We can also help you enforce standing orders.

What You Need to Do First

The first thing you need to do is to take a deep breath and to try to not worry about everything at once. This is a process. Then, contact our San Diego family and divorce law firm to schedule a consultation. We will help you to prepare for your divorce and help you decide where to begin. Our clients report all the time that they feel better after talking to us. Take the first step toward a positive new life. Contact us today at (619) 627-0274.


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