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At Family Law Offices of Liliana S. Diaz, PC, we understand that family matters can be complex and emotionally challenging which is why you need trustworthy guidance for your legal needs.  Our team will work closely with you to understand your unique situation and provide personalized solutions that protect your rights and interests.

Child Custody & Visitation

Absent a Court order parents have an equal right to custody of their children. Legal custody means the right to make decisions affecting your children. Physical custody is who your children will live with subject to the visitation rights of the other parent.

Ms. Diaz’s experience in this field includes working with families dealing with mental health, substance abuse, and domestic violence. Her role as minor’s counsel gives her a unique perspective she will use to assist you reach a mediated settlement of the issue when safely possible, and otherwise a litigation strategy to achieve your child-centered goals. If you have a custody and visitation issue, we will work with you to understand the underlying causes of disagreements and advocate for a solution consistent with their best interest.

Child Support

Let us use our experience to assist you explore a quick settlement with the other parent and when not possible to vigorously advocate for your rights. We strive to provide the fastest, most effective, and least stressful resolution to your child support dispute.

Children are entitled to the financial support of both parents based on each’s circumstances and station in life. Absent special circumstances child support is determined by a statutory formula, a “Guideline”, that takes into account each parent’s income and level of responsibility for their children (i.e. “Timeshare”). While the guideline must be applied absent and agreement, Courts generally allow parents to agree on a child support amount if its in the best interest of the children. We will tailor a goal orientated approach suitable for your case.

Spousal Support

Spouses sometimes choose to put their careers on hold to raise families. Other times, a spouse is economically disadvantaged due to circumstances beyond his/her control. Whether you are the economically disadvantaged spouse asking for spousal support, or the spouse in a superior financial position defending against a spousal support request we can provide you balanced and practical counsel to achieve the best results.

Spousal support, also referred to as alimony, may be granted before a divorce judgment is entered, (i.e., “pending a divorce”) and/or after divorce (“permanent or post-judgment support”). Wondering how much or how long you may be entitled to or obligated to pay? Call us for an in-depth evaluation of your financial circumstances.

Business Valuations

Business Valuation Experts employ a process to determine the economic value of the owner’s interest.  Not all businesses have economic value.  Some self-employed, “business-owners” earn just as much working for themselves as they would if employed by a third party.  In such instances, there is no economic value to divide. 

When there is, the most common methods business valuation experts use to determine economic value include:  the income approach (converting anticipated economic benefits into a present amount), the market approach (comparing the subject business to similar businesses that have been sold), the asset approach (taking the value of the assets net of liabilities) or a combination of some or all methods.    

High Asset Divorces

High Asset cases present unique issues necessitating a team of professionals experienced in working with experts.  The division and distribution can prove problematic especially when business interests, investment properties, stock options, Restrictive Stock Units (RSUs), equity investments, etc. are at stake.  Depending on your circumstances we will work with business valuation experts, tax professionals and other appraisers to determine the values of assets and develop asset division strategies to ensure you receive a fair settlement.

Premarital & Postnuptial Agreements

Premarital Agreements, or “prenups”, are a powerful tool that can be used to modify couples’ legal obligations with respect to property and spousal support (with some limitation) after marriage. For premarital agreements to have the greatest chance of surviving a challenge compliance with the statutes governing such agreements is key.

Postnuptial Agreements, also referred to as antenuptial agreements, are those executed after marriage by married couples with fiduciary obligations to each other. These agreements may be problematic in instances where a spouse is advantaged regardless of intent.

Domestic Violence/Restraining Order

Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, psychological, or technological actions or threats of actions or other patterns of coercive behavior that influence another person within an intimate partner relationship. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, wound or disturb someone’s peace.

Divorce/Legal Separation

Mediation

Santa Cruz

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY

240 Westgate Drive
Watsonville, CA 95076

831-722-2444

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San Benito

SAN BENITO COUNTY

396 4th Street, Suite 101A
Hollister, CA 95023

831-638-2144

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