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With over 30 years in the field of Law, Holder Legal is dedicated to serving the needs of our clients. We specialize in wills, trusts and probate, family law, taxes and QDROs. 

Family Law

Questions About Divorce ...​​​​​​​​
Stay or Go?
What about the kids?
What about money?
Deciding to file for divorce often comes only after years of weighing the future against the past, concern for your family versus what your heart tells you. Only you know if the time is right.
We know your children are a primary ​concern in divorce. You wonder how the divorce will affect them. A divorce may be better than a angry and abusive home life.
We understand the urge to just walk away from arguments about money and property. But you must consider your future and your children. We will help you every step of the way.
Before filing for divorce...
 Divorce Alternatives
Children and Divorce
Help Yourself to Self-Help
Take immediate action and call your local police or 911 if there is a threat or actual abuse occuring to you or your children. If so, call your local police or dial 911.

Otherwise, you may want to consider options for preserving the marriage ...


Professional counseling for a possible reconciliation might be helpful. For example, depending on the circumstances, you and your spouse may want to consider the services of a religious advisor, psychologist, licensed marriage counselor, or other counselor specializing in a particular area—e.g., financial advisor, child therapist

Trial Separation

In many cases, a “cooling off” period might lead to a reconciliation. This is usually called a “trial separation.”

If you are considering ending a long marriage, but have not yet parted, a separation period will show you and your spouse what life will be like after dissolution (e.g. separation from the children, reduced income, and cost of two households).

California's Families Change website offers age-appropriate information to help kids, teens, and parents deal with family break-ups. It also has information to help parents make financial decisions as part of separation or divorce

Every county has a local child support agency that helps with starting a child support case. The agency also helps with changing or enforcing child support orders. Sometimes you will hear this agency called the Department of Child Support Services (DCSS), which is a State agency.

Local Family Court Services

In addition, every superior court in California has legal help available in family law cases. The Help From Your Court section provides information on the types of problems court-based services can help you with and how to find out what services are available at your court. Some counties have divorce workshops.

​​The Self-Help section of the California Courts website has specific information about Families and Children, as well as Divorce or Separation. You can learn about the decisions that have to be made when a couple separates or divorces.

These include, for couples with children, decisions about where the children will live and how each parent can remain involved in their children's lives, and, for all couples, decisions about who will need to pay financial support and what will happen to any property the couple owns together.​​

Family Law Facilitator

The Family Law Facilitator’s offices in your county offer assistance with the completion of legal forms and provides procedural guidance in most areas of Family Law, including: child support, spousal support, child custody, visitation, dissolution, legal separation, nullity, and establishment of paternity.

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Family Law Facilitator locations. ​​​​​

Legal Steps for a Divorce or Separation.pdf

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