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Proven Fresno Divorce Lawyer Delivers Comprehensive Guidance

California firm advises clients on property, custody and alimony issues

Going through a divorce means entering a whole new phase of your life. How you handle this process can set you up for a promising future or burden you for years to come. At Gates Law Group, A Professional Corporation in Fresno, we have handled all aspects of California divorces since 1979, and we are committed to using that experience to make a positive difference for clients. Our firm understands that the turmoil and anxiety of dissolving your marriage can be overwhelming. That’s why we provide personalized guidance to deal with child custody, visitation, child support, spousal support (alimony) and property division concerns.

Dedicated advocate outlines the marriage dissolution process

Of all legal practice areas, nothing pulls at the heart like family law. During a divorce, the infrastructure of your life begins to deteriorate. Once-loving relationships turn hostile as you are left wondering how to pick up the pieces of your life. All the while, you want to be financially stable and take care of your children. While some consider divorce to be frightening or tragic, you do not need to feel alone or hopeless when your marriage ends. A passionate and experienced family law attorney can help you make your voice heard and explain each aspect of the divorce process, including:

  • Grounds — California is a no-fault divorce state, so marriages are dissolved due to irreconcilable differences that exist between the parties.
  • Mediation and arbitration — To cut down on expense and aggravation during an already difficult time, our firm encourages clients to settle conflicts through alternative dispute resolutions such as mediation and arbitration.
  • Annulment — Despite what some people think, annulment is not a way to end every marriage that fails shortly after the wedding. To use this process, a spouse must show that a legal flaw or fraud existed at the time of the marriage that rendered the union invalid.
  • Community property — State law requires property accumulated during the marriage to be divided equally. Unfortunately, the true worth of assets such as the family home, stock options, business shares and retirement accounts can be difficult to assess. We conduct the necessary research and bring in experts where necessary to safeguard your financial interests.
  • Spousal support — In awarding spousal support, or alimony, various factors are used to determine if one ex-spouse will be required to pay the other after the union is terminated. By looking at the duration of your marriage, you and your spouse’s earning ability and other information, we’ll help you understand what the result might be.

With 39 years of experience, we will support you at every stage of your divorce, starting with a consultation. We’ll make every effort to help you reach a quick and fair resolution so you can move on with your life.

Skillful attorney works to protect children when parents break up

In nearly every case, it is best for parents to work together on questions concerning custody and child support, even if there are other disagreements that can’t be resolved. Our firm takes a detailed, personal approach to custody and visitation matters, to ensure that the eventual outcome meets the physical and emotional needs of the young people involved. Should consensus be impossible, we develop a thorough argument to demonstrate what is in the child’s best interests. If concerns arise over the establishment, modification or enforcement of child support orders, we press for prompt relief.

Contact a knowledgeable California divorce lawyer for a consultation

Gates Law Group, A Professional Corporation handles every aspect of divorce litigation throughout California. Please call 559-432-9944 or contact us online to schedule a consultation. Our firm’s main office is in Fresno, but we also assist clients from locations in Paso Robles and Visalia.

COVID-19 Notice

These are unquestionably difficult times. We understand the word "crisis". Usually, people do not come to us just to say hello. They come with their problems and we have to respond quickly. We understand they need help.

The problems do not stop because of the presence of the COVID-19. Assistance from our office will continue. We have the technology available to provide our clients with continued quality legal services in order to protect their interests. We can meet our clients virtually whether by telephone or video. We can meet our clients in person but with special arrangements and implemented safeguards.

In spite of the pandemic, life does not stop. You may continue to have legal needs. Some people will have greater needs than others. We stand ready to help whatever the circumstances.

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    2445 Capitol St
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    Fresno, California 93721
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