Considering Divorce in California?
Contact Our Divorce Attorneys At (888) 328-2734
Divorce is one of the most difficult situations a family can go through.
Not only is it a time of emotional turmoil for the spouses, but the children
become equally upset over the changes to their life. As Pasadena family
law attorneys, we are dedicated to helping families get through this trying
experience with as little upset and stress as possible.
Why You Should Choose Us
The Law Offices of Makupson & Howard has
more than 40 years of collective experience and have an excellent understanding of the
family law court system and divorce law. Our firm has been honored by several prestigious
organizations when it comes to our quality legal representation and we
continue to be involved in legal associations regarding family law in
Some of our achievements include:
Top Attorneys by Pasadena Magazine in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016
Being Accredited by the
Better Business Bureau
The State Bar of California
10.0 Superb Avvo rating
The Los Angeles County Bar Association
We are passionate about fighting for you and your family's needs as
you go through divorce. We are committed to discussing your case in full
so as to completely understand your goals for the different aspects of
the divorce. It is always our goal to attempt amicable resolution of family
issues whenever possible. We strive to avoid the emotional stress that
animosity between spouses can create, in addition to the added cost of
litigation. Nevertheless, when it becomes unlikely that a resolution will
be reached, we will aggressively represent you and your children's
interests in court in order to achieve the best results for your family.
Considering Divorce in California?
Get a Divorce Lawyer On Your Side
divorce may be a time consuming and complex process for any couple. It is essential
that you are aware of what this process entails in order to make the best
decision for your needs. There are several phases of the divorce process
and it is beneficial to have experienced legal advocate who can walk alongside you.
The phases include:
Initial Filings- one spouse will file for divorce by filling out a petition and the summons,
which will be served to the other spouse.
Financial Disclosures- this is often the phase called Pretrial & Pre-Settlement and is the
time period after you initially file and before a settlement is reached.
Both parties involved will engage in what is called 'discovery'
during this phase. This means that you gather all information (assets,
debts, property rights, income, expenses etc…) about the other
party and the divorce as a whole that you will use to reach a settlement.
Negotiations and Hearings- this part of the process involves negotiations between the spouses and
usually their attorneys to try and reach a marital settlement agreement.
If this does not happen, the court may get involved and hold a hearing
to finalize the terms of the divorce.
Resolution and Judgment- the divorce will be resolved in this phase whether through agreements
between spouses or through litigation. Regardless of the method used,
the court will approve of the final agreement and the divorce will be
Why do I need a lawyer for divorce?
There are many scenarios where having a lawyer is beneficial in a divorce.
For example, if you and your spouse are not on good terms, your spouse
is being dishonest, your spouse has an attorney or if there is any type
of abuse involved. Throughout the process, even if you are going through
a collaborative and uncontested divorce, a lawyer can make sure that your
rights are protected and your needs are fought for. The benefits of hiring
legal representation for your divorce include:
- Legal guidance who is familiar with the continuous changes in divorce law in CA
- An attorney who knows how and when to file petitions and motions in the
Experience with negotiating on matters such as
- A lawyer who knows the local judges and has experience with the local court procedure
- More than 40 years of experience by your side
Our firm is passionate about assisting the residents of Pasadena in their
divorce cases and we devote the time and effort necessary to reach the
end results that our clients need and want.
Contact the Law Offices of Makupson & Howard for help filing for divorce in Pasadena.