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.