As an experienced divorce attorney and former Contra Costa County Superior Court Judge Pro Tem, Donal Casey Cummins knows that effective legal representation comes from listening to his clients' issues and expectations. Emotional factors often dictate the clients' concerns and fears, requiring the attorney to help them understand family law proceedings. Limitations and expectations must be established at the outset and sound and informed decisions must be made.
Following the free initial consultation, Mr. Cummins' mission, as their dedicated divorce lawyer, is to accomplish what he can to meet his clients' needs and pursue their agenda with aggression and compassion. At The Law Offices of Cummins & Holmes, divorce cases usually all involve the following specific areas.
California is a no-fault divorce state with the principal grounds for a marital dissolution being irreconcilable differences. Testimony on those differences will not be allowed. More contentious cases involving domestic violence will require a protective order that becomes part of a divorce proceeding.
Mr. Cummins also provides mediation services for his clients before or following the filing of a petition for divorce. If both sides can overlook personal matters and cooperate, mediation can be effective in finding compromise to settle marital estates. As a mediator, his job is to help the parties jointly resolve the issues affecting their marital estate. For soon-to-be ex-spouses, successful mediation can save time, money and emotional pain.
A divorce and an annulment free spouses of the legal obligations of a married couple. However, an annulment is reserved for situations where the validity of the marriage is in question. To find out if you and your spouse qualify, contact The Law Offices Of Cummins & Holmes in San Ramon, California.
In general, you might qualify for an annulment if...
Find out more about annulling your marriage by contacting The Law Offices Of Cummins & Holmes today. We service Contra Costa and Alameda counties & surrounding areas.
The annulment process can seem confusing, but these FAQ can help you understand it better:
Can a spouse annul the marriage at any time? No. Different statutes of limitations apply depending on the annulment grounds. That's why it's important to speak with an annulment lawyer in San Ramon, CA right away.
What can an annulment lawyer do? In addition to providing insight into your situation, the family law attorney at The Law Offices Of Cummins & Holmes can file your paperwork and attend your hearing with you.
What happens if the court denies your petition? You can petition for a divorce instead. Our divorce attorney can help you make informed decisions before proceeding.
Have additional questions? Contact us today.