Ending a marriage is never easy, even for couples who might describe their divorce as “amicable.” Each spouse is about to embark on a new life journey, and if you have kids, their lives are changing, too. During this process of change, it is critical that you retain a law firm that will put your interests first, a firm that will protect you, your children and your assets in ways that allow you to move forward into a bright future.

Kaspar & Lugay, LLP is that law firm for couples in Walnut Creek and throughout Contra Costa County. Our divorce lawyers have decades of combined experience guiding people through the California divorce process. We are known for our commitment to helping clients achieve their divorce goals, whether those goals involve children, finances, family businesses, minimizing emotional stress, or any combination of these. Whether you are ready to initiate a divorce or need to respond to a spouse who has started the process, you can contact us anytime and we will explain how we can help.

Powerful, Effective Representation for All Divorce-Related Issues

Every couple is different and has different legal needs; no two divorces work exactly the same way. As one of Walnut Creek’s most trusted family law firms, we have the knowledge and experience to handle any type of divorce, no matter how contentious or how amicable, for clients of all backgrounds.

Contested or Uncontested Divorce

The strength of our firm is our ability to tailor our representation to your needs. If you and your spouse have conflicts that require a judge’s ruling, we will be by your side throughout the process of contested divorce. On the other hand, if you can reach a divorce agreement out of court, using mediation, negotiation or collaboration, this is called uncontested divorce and we will be your guide.

Child Custody and Child Support

If you have children, you can trust us to keep their interests front and center during your divorce. Our Walnut Creek attorneys will work toward child custody arrangements that preserve healthy relationships when possible. Likewise, if child support is involved, we will explain how the support amount will be calculated and whether any deviation from the calculation may be warranted in your situation.

Asset and Debt Division

The property division phase of divorce is crucial because the outcome will shape your post-divorce financial life. Whether you have a relatively simple marital estate or a very complex one with business holdings, multiple properties and assorted debt, our team will protect your financial interests at every turn.

Spousal Support/Alimony

Divorce doesn’t always involve spousal support (also called alimony), but when it does, it can become a serious source of conflict. We will work diligently to reach a fair outcome in your spousal support proceeding, whether you are the one seeking support or the one obligated to pay.

Divorce for Professionals and Couples with Significant Assets

Couples with complex marital estates turn to Kaspar & Lugay, LLP’s Walnut Creek team because we have significant experience in both the legal and financial worlds. Our founding partner is a CPA and several of our attorneys have their own financial litigation experience to apply to your case. We provide skilled high-net-worth divorce representation to a variety of clients, including:

Specialized Divorce Circumstances

Divorce can be particularly challenging for families who face special circumstances. You can count on our firm to effectively resolve issues stemming from non-routine family situations, such as:

Learn About the California Divorce Process

We’ve put together this step-by-step guide to the divorce process to help you understand what to expect during your marital dissolution. As you can see, there are many steps involved. But don’t worry, our lawyers will handle everything for you.

Reach Out to Our Walnut Creek Divorce Attorneys

Kaspar & Lugay, LLP is one of Contra Costa County’s most trusted divorce law firms. Our Walnut Creek office handles divorces for clients throughout the area. If you would like to speak with one of our lawyers, please call 925-660-7627 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.

Corte Madera, Marin County Divorce Attorneys: Skilled, Compassionate Representation

Divorce is the end product of a series of legal and emotional challenges that require support from those close to you as well as the support of a professional, experienced legal team. The decisions made during the separation and divorce process will have a significant long-term impact on your life and the life of your family. It is therefore crucial to obtain legal guidance from a Marin divorce attorney you can trust when considering divorce. If your spouse or partner has already filed, there is an added urgency to be proactive.

Personalized Service, Tenacious Advocacy

At the firm of Kaspar & Lugay LLP, our compassionate divorce lawyers in Marin County are devoted to helping you understand the nuances of each decision. From  uncontested divorce  cases to a highly contentious high net worth divorce, we provide counsel to help you make informed choices in order for your case to reach the outcome you deserve. For instance, our Marin County family lawyers have the experience to advise on the tax implications of property division and  spousal support  that can often go overlooked by less competent divorce attorneys.

Same-Sex Divorce In The Bay Area

The Obergefell v. Hodges decision provides same-sex married couples the right to legally divorce. For these couples, divorce may involve complicated issues related to community property division depending on the years of cohabitation prior to marriage and  child custody and support matters . We have assisted same-sex clients in obtaining fair solutions.
Our client-centered approach puts top priority on the interests of our clients. We tailor our representation to meet the goals of each client. Families work directly with a knowledgeable attorney committed to solving their problems effectively and efficiently through negotiations or collaborative methods (ex. divorce mediation). When disputes cannot be resolved, we have the complex litigation experience to handle a case through trial and appeals.

Speak With A Trial-Proven Lawyer

We are well-versed in California’s divorce laws and take a holistic approach to solving legal problems. Prior to filing for divorce, or after learning a spouse or partner has already filed,  contact us online  or call one of our four offices to arrange a confidential consultation with a caring divorce lawyer.

How to File for Divorce in California

The technical process for filing for a California divorce (also called dissolution of marriage) can be fairly straightforward from a procedural standpoint. The reality, though, is complicated by the human element: humans are emotional beings, and divorce often represents loss. Usually, this loss is felt more acutely by one party than the other. Because of this, there is often great turmoil and disagreement between the two parties when it comes time to finalize the divorce arrangement. If you’d like to know what is involved from a procedural standpoint, please review our Step-by-Step Divorce Process .

How Much Does a Divorce Cost

There are certain documents that must be properly and adequately filled out and filed within your jurisdiction. These hard fees typically range a few hundred dollars. Again, this is for a completely uncontested divorce, where both parties are in total alignment (in our experience, such cases are very rare). The pitfalls of a DIY divorce, or using inexpensive online form solutions include improperly completed forms, failure to follow procedures unique to a jurisdiction, or otherwise failing to follow the proper protocols. This tends to lengthen the divorce case, adding further frustration to an already stressful and draining process.
These issues are just the beginning, and the above assumes that there are no children involved, nor any assets acquired during the marriage. Once you begin to factor in custody arrangements, alimony, child support, division of assets and retirement accounts (the list goes on), the divorce process becomes significantly more complicated. It’s worth your time to consult with a qualified divorce attorney, even if you decide to finish the process yourself. A consultation will provide you clarity, guidance, and expectations for your unique situation.

Do I Have to Go To Court

Most of the parties we work with end up going to court at some point. In an ideal world, we’d be able to handle everything outside the courtroom and be free to open the next chapter of our lives. Again, where there are children or assets involved, this is where complications and conflicts arise. At Kaspar & Lugay, we do our best to bridge the gaps so you can proceed through your divorce with minimal impact to your life.

I Think My Spouse Has Been Hiding Assets. How Can I Be Sure

Sometimes it’s intentional, sometimes it’s not, but we often counsel parties whose spouses have hidden or been misleading about assets (secret bank accounts, closely-held businesses, undisclosed real estate and property, etc.). In these cases it is worth your while to leverage a forensic accountant (we at Kaspar & Lugay have extensive experience in this). This process will unveil any potential hidden assets that were not disclosed in the divorce conversation, and ensure both parties a fair allocation of assets.

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Kaspar & Lugay, LLP is a family law firm with offices in Corte Madera, CA; Napa, CA; Walnut Creek, CA; and San Diego, CA. We also represent clients in San Francisco, Oakland, Sacramento, Pismo Beach, Contra Costa County, and Los Angeles.