Divorce in the State of California
Filing for a divorce is a drastic step. Divorce signals the end of a relationship. Whether you are initiating the divorce or responding to a petition, the divorce process can be stressful and overwhelming.
Divorce attorney Tracy Duell-Cazes is a Certified Family Law Specialist by the California Board of Legal Specialization of the California State Bar. As such, Ms. Duell-Cazes specializes in all areas of family law and has dedicated her practice to helping men and women navigate the complex divorce process of legal separation and divorce.
As a part of the divorce process, we also work through all related issues such as spousal support, child support, child custody, property division, and visitation.
We Protect Your Rights Through the Divorce Process
Divorces can be complex and contentious. As an experienced family law attorney, Tracy Duell-Cazes' goal is to maintain an open line of communication with your spouse's divorce lawyer. We prefer to keep an open line of dialogue to alleviate some of the stress associated with divorce. When the divorce proceedings remain non-confrontational, resolutions are easier to negotiate. If there are young children involved, you will be working with your ex-spouse as a co-parent for years to come. A non-confrontational divorce will lead to a better working relationship down the road.
Tracy Duell-Cazes will explain all your options and work to protect your best interests throughout the process. Tracy is also well-versed in several alternative dispute resolution processes, including Divorce Mediation, Collaboration, and Parenting Coordination.
California is a Community Property State
California's Community property laws state that all marital assets are divided equally. All assets acquired during the marriage are considered community property. Some assets are excluded from marital property, such as real estate owned by a spouse maintained separately from other marital assets. An inheritance that names a single spouse as a beneficiary is also excluded as long as the assets are not co-mingled with other marital assets.
Tracy Duell-Cazes will explain the community property laws to you and protect any personal assets legally claimed to be separate property.
Most divorce cases are resolved through negotiation. However, there are times when both spouses are not able to reach any agreements, and the disagreements are severe. Tracy Duell-Cazes is an experienced litigator and is as comfortable in the courtroom as at the negotiation table. Tracy is not afraid to take a case into the courtroom and work to protect your rights and your interests.
Experience Counts When it Comes to Hiring a Divorce Lawyer
Tracy Duell-Cazes has over 30 years of experience working on all types of family law cases. Ms. Duell Cazes was admitted to the California State Bar in 1989 and has been a member of the Family Law section since 1997. Ms. Duell Cazes has been a member of the Santa Clara County Bar Association's Family Law Executive Committee since 1997 and is currently the Committee Chairperson.
Tracy Duell Cazes has also been selected to Super Lawyers every year since 2009 for her work. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The patented selection process includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations.
Regardless of whether your divorce is contested or uncontested, we will do everything in our power to obtain the final divorce that is in your best interest.
Every divorce case is unique. Contact Tracy Duell-Cazes today or call our office at 408.267.8484 for a consultation. We will help you make the right decisions to help turn the painful process of divorce into a smooth life transition so you can continue your life with a positive outlook.