Divorce Lawyers

Dissolution of Marriage Attorneys In San Fernando Valley, CA

Dissolution of Marriage Attorneys In San Fernando Valley

Divorce Lawyers- Experienced at Trial – Effective in Negotiations

Divorce — legally referred to as ‘Dissolution of Marriage’ — can be one of the most stressful events that an individual can experience. Your stress is palpable and your anxiety about the future can be unbearable. You wonder about the kids and the effect ending your marriage will have on your relationship with them. You worry about money and how you will make it. You question if things will ever seem normal again. Regardless of whether your divorce case is resolved through settlement or litigation, we are here to protect your short and long term interests. PENDING

Once you’ve made the decision to seek a divorce, you’ve already done the hardest part. At Nemiroff & Cohen, LLP, we can take care of the rest.

San Fernando Valley Divorce Lawyers

Picture of office: 16133 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CAWe are Gail Cohen, CFLS and Lauren Nemiroff, CFLS — both Certified Specialists in Family Law and Divorce Matters.

Our law firm practices exclusively — 100% — in the area of divorce and family law from our comfortable offices in Encino, California. We serve individuals in the San Fernando Valley area and beyond. In fact, many of our clients drive in from West Los Angeles, Ventura County, Agoura, Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, and Newbury Park for that first client meeting. If you are curious why we have so many clients and why so many of our satisfied clients have traveled long distances to seek our legal services, please visit our “Why Choose Us?” section.

We have helped literally thousands of clients successfully emerge from divorce, custody and visitation conflicts, child support and spousal support issues and other family legal issues that appeared to be overwhelming at first. We can help you too.

Nemiroff & Cohen, LLP – Protecting Your Rights

Nemiroff & Cohen, LLP provides comprehensive legal services to clients throughout San Fernando Valley with their Divorce Case and ancillary legal matters such as:

California Divorce Overview

In California, one party initiates the dissolution proceeding by filing a Petition. The respondent will then be served the Petition (either personally or by mail). The party originally filing the Petition is known as the “Petitioner” and the other party is known as the “Respondent”. Following receipt of the Petition, the Respondent has 30 days (unless granted additional time by the Petitioner’s attorney) in which to file his or her responding statement. After the 30-day period the case can be set for a Court hearing. The process is complex and takes a while. It is our task to take from your shoulders all the work, stress and anxiety of the process and to keep you advised of the process along the way and be at your side when working out agreements and court appearances. Our goal is to help our clients achieve a lasting settlement that protects your interests and keeps your costs down.  MORE…

Uncontested Divorce

The term “uncontested divorce” can mean two paths (1) where both spouses agree on all issues concerning the divorce, including but not limited to the division of marital assets, property and debts, child custody, child support, and spousal support (alimony), or (2) where one spouse is taking a deliberately passive role and refuses to or does not engage in the process. The passive person, by not participating in the court process, is considered the “defaulting party,” and forfeits any say in the outcome. When someone defaults and refuses to participate, certain matters can still be distilled to a legally enforceable agreement. If your spouse left you or refuses to respond to being served divorce papers, we can still help you get through the divorce process quickly and efficiently.  MORE…

Contested Divorce

The term “contested” divorce means that you are in line for the most complicated of divorces, because it means that your soon-to-be ex-spouse cannot or refuses to ever come to any form of amiable or workable agreement on one or more of the many issues of the divorce settlement process.  MORE…

Divorce Litigation

After exhausting all other options, litigation may be the best way to resolve your divorce. At Nemiroff & Cohen, LLP, we strive to help our clients resolve their divorce through negotiation and mediation. If both parties are far apart or one spouse chooses not to negotiate in good faith, a judge will have to make the key decisions related to your future. Custody, support, and division of property decisions will be made by a third party. While it is not the best way to resolve your divorce, it may be a pragmatic step to moving on following your marriage. We can help you make your case before the court for the best possible outcome.  MORE PENDING

Divorce Mediation

Divorce mediation is a process that can be taken advantage of by couples that are committed to ending their marriage and choosing to avoid using opposing attorneys to negotiate the terms of the divorce. The agreements that come out of a divorce mediation should then be reviewed by each party’s personal consulting attorney before final settlement.  MORE PENDING

Collaborative Divorce

Collaborative divorce generally involves both spouses, each with their own lawyer, and one or more specialists who can guide them through the divorce process. In a collaborative divorce, your attorneys agree ahead of time that if the collaborative divorce process breaks down and you end having to litigate that the attorneys must withdraw from your case. There is a lot more to the process.  MORE PENDING

Spousal Support

spousal supportSpousal support is classified in two different forms: ‘temporary spousal support’ and ‘permanent spousal support’. (1) – Temporary spousal support – is the support that will be paid to the supported spouse from the time of separation to when the divorce process is concluded, whether by a negotiated final settlement agreement or a trial. (2) – Permanent spousal support is not really permanent — as in life-long — but it is the amount of spousal support that is agreed to or ordered by the court at the conclusion of the divorce process.

Tax Consequences – Many of our clients who earn good incomes are interested to learn that spousal support is typically tax deductible to the payor, which is useful during the negotiation phase of your divorce proceedings. Spousal support is typically taxable to the payee, which again, offers another negotiable aspect to hammering out an equitable agreement. Call us to discuss the myriad of spousal support options few attorneys ever consider. Inexperienced family law attorneys overlook so many opportunities to draft settlements that can make all the difference in your life going forward.  MORE

Spousal Support Modification – We can also assist you with modifications of your current orders relating to child support and/or spousal support.

Child Support

Child support can be an extremely complex segment of family law. We fully understand that child support levels affect both parties’ finances for years to come. California has child support guidelines that take into account the amount of time a child will spend with each parent and each parent’s income or earning capacity. That said, the court has the power to deviate from these guidelines for special circumstances or when we devise a plan that is better for our client and the child.  MORE PENDING

Child Support Modification –We can also assist you with modifications of your current orders relating to child support.

Child Custody and Visitation

Child Custody and VisitationChild custody and visitation – Nemiroff & Cohen, LLP specializes in custody and visitation issues. Legal custody of a child is the right and obligation to make decisions about a child’s upbringing. Decisions about schooling and medical care, for example, are made by the parent with legal custody. In California, it is presumed and common for an award of joint legal custody, which means that the decision making is shared by both parents. When you share joint legal custody with the other parent and decide to exclude him or her from the parental decision-making process, the other parent can take you back to court and ask the judge to enforce the original custody agreement.

The San Fernando Valley area Family Courts require parents who wish for the court to hear their custody case to attend mandatory mediation, which if an agreement is not reached, the counselor makes a recommendation to the court. Understanding the court process and how the determination about which parent, or both, will receive custody of children is part of our expertise.  MORE PENDING

Custody and Visitation Modification –We can also assist you with modifications of your current orders relating to child support.

Property Division – Property Valuation

Marital property division can be extremely complex – especially if the spouses are high net worth individuals or share assets such as real estate investments, stocks and bonds, pension and retirement accounts or a family business. Nemiroff & Cohen, LLP has almost six decades of experience helping clients develop creative solutions to complex property division problems. If necessary, we call in our forensic accountants to uncover co-mingled or hidden assets. Our appraises are expert at conducting thorough and reliable business valuations.  MORE

Dissolving a Domestic Partnership

In California, the laws for a dissolving domestic partnership are almost identical to those of a traditional divorce. Regardless of sexual orientation, many of the issues in a domestic partnership dissolution are the same as in a traditional marriage between an opposite sex couple. Child custody and visitation can become a contested issue. Property division and financial ‘spousal support’ are also common and often contentious, resulting in the possibility of courtroom litigation.  MORE PENDING


In California, there are two ways to legally end a marriage – annulment OR Divorce (legal dissolution of a marriage). An annulment is a legal procedure which cancels a marriage between a man and a woman. Annulling a marriage is as though it is completely erased – legally, it declares that the marriage never technically existed and was never valid.  MORE

Legal Separation

Legal separations are often elected by a couple that is considering divorce – or wants to separate or live apart, but CHOOSE not to legally divorce for a variety of practical reasons. Legal Separation can be used to allow a spouse to retain medical benefits; can be used by the primary provider to protect his or her business and financial interests during a trial separation; and are commonly used by those with strong religious beliefs.  MORE

Nemiroff & Cohen – Protecting Your Rights – Reducing Your Stress!

To resolve all of these complex issues that are part of the divorce process, you need a qualified and experienced divorce lawyer on your side. Lauren Nemiroff and Gail Cohen are both Board-Certified Family Law Specialists with the experience that makes a difference for our clients. We have helped literally thousands of people in the San Fernando Valley successfully emerge from a divorce, even when the process appeared overwhelming at first. Divorce will not always be easy, but with us on your side, you’ll have the support you need to be confident going forward.

Why Us – Why Choose a Certified Family Law Specialist?

Some attorneys claim to be ‘specialists’ in family law – though stating so is often putting their state bar license in jeopardy. Claiming to be a ‘specialist’ or ‘expert’ in family law is very different than actually being a Board-Certified Specialist in Family Law. For an attorney to become a Board-Certified Family Law Specialist he or she must practice law in family law for years before they are even allowed to apply for the coveted recognition.  MORE

Schedule an Appointment with a Certified Family Law Specialist Today

Call Nemiroff & Cohen, LLP at (818) 901-8900 or contact us online to schedule an appointment with a caring and experienced family law attorney.

San Fernando Valley Divorce Lawyers Nemiroff & Cohen, LLP serve individuals in the San Fernando Valley including the incorporated cities of Los Angeles, Burbank, Calabasas, Glendale, Hidden Hills, San Fernando; the unincorporated communities of the San Fernando Valley including Bell Canyon, Calabasas Highlands, Kagel Canyon, Universal City, West Chatsworth; and the communities of the San Fernando Valley including Arleta, Cahuenga Pass, Canoga Park, Chatsworth, Colfax Meadows, Encino, Granada Hills, Kagel Canyon, La Tuna Canyon, Lake Balboa, Lake View Terrace, Mission Hills, NoHo Arts District, North Hills, North Hollywood, Northridge, Pacoima, Panorama City, Porter Ranch, Reseda, Shadow Hills, Sherman Oaks, Stonehurst, Studio City, Sun Valley, Sunland-Tujunga and Sylmar.