Joy Stanley Law Corporation has extensive experience providing effective divorce representation. With matters ranging from simple and uncontested to extremely litigious high-profile divorce, Joy Stanley Law Corporation is qualified to effectively protect your rights. The firm handles matters involving complex business contracts and valuations, securities holdings, division of pension plans and retirement funds, hidden or future income, off-shore assets, and other sophisticated investments. The firm is recognized for its ability to successfully manage such complex matters while achieving its client’s best interests.
California has paved the way for breakthrough same-sex legislation. Joy Stanley Law Corporation has strongly supported the long overdue changes to the laws governing same sex relationships. Joy Stanley Law Corporation has represented many same sex couples in both contested matters and in mediation.
Paternity, or a determination of parentage, can affect various aspects of a parent’s rights and responsibilities. For example, establishing paternity can affect whether a father will obtain legal and/or physical custody of the child, the amount of child support that will be required, if the child can be relocated to another state or country, and whether the child can be claimed for tax purposes. Regardless of what side you are on, paternity is an important legal issue. Our firm has successfully handled paternity matters for nearly twenty years.
Joy Stanley Law Corporation strongly emphasizes mediation as an alternative to costly litigation. A significant part of our practice is dedicated to mediation. Many of our mediation clients choose to have Ms. Stanley mediate their matter in the comfort of their own home, or if convenient, in Ms. Stanley’s home in Pacific Palisades. This allows for a less formal and more private environment. We focus on bringing couples together to resolve their differences, with a strong emphasis on limiting the emotional and financial costs of divorce. Our firm has assisted hundreds of spouses and domestic partners in reaching an agreement on seemingly insurmountable issues, saving clients thousands of dollars in litigation expenses. It is our belief that the best divorce or partnership dissolution or resolution of any family law matter is one that can be resolved through mediation. We on proudly say that we have never been hired to mediate a matter that we could not successfully resolve.
Joy Stanley Law Corporation is world renowned for their expertise in child custody evaluations, international Hague convention proceedings, domestic and international move-aways, and all matters related to custody. In any divorce or legal separation where children are involved, the legal and physical custody of the children must be determined. Legal custody refers to which parent retains the right and responsibility to make educational, medical, and religious decisions with respect to the child’s upbringing. Physical custody refers to which parent the child actually lives with. Our firm has extensive experience handling every aspect of a child custody matter, from establishing parenting and visitation schedules, to post-judgment modifications of custody, and issues arising when one parent wishes to relocate the child domestically or internationally. Our firm is experienced in handling these issues on behalf of same-sex couples or domestic partners as well, and we have handled numerous complex and high profile same-sex cases.
Determining child support obligations for each party primarily depends on two key factors: each party’s income and the amount of time spent with the child(ren). However, effective legal assistance ensures the court also takes into consideration other important factors when determining child support figures. Joy Stanley Law Corporation has advanced experience with these issues and routinely achieves a more favorable outcome for our clients. When needed, cur firm employs top forensic accountants and tax specialists for complex matters.
Alimony or spousal support calculations turn on various factors, including each party’s income and education, duration of the marriage or domestic partnership, and the lifestyle of the parties during marriage or domestic partnership. As with child support, Joy Stanley Law Corporation ensures the court also takes into consideration many other important factors when determining support figures. Our firm has advanced experience with these issues and routinely achieves the most favorable outcome for clients. When needed, we employ top forensic accountants and tax specialists for complex matters.
Unlike a typical divorce matter, non-marital relationships are based on contract principles. Accordingly, each party is afforded certain rights and responsibilities upon separation. Legal counsel is recommended to understand these rights and/or possible legal responsibilities. Legal issues include determining potential liability and/or limitations on your ability to assert your rights. Palimony, or support in the absence of a legal marriage, is a subject in which our firm is highly experienced, especially within the context of same-sex relationships.
A number of issues must be considered by parties contemplating marriage. This is especially true for second marriages with children from previous marriages, or unusually high-income earners, or parties with significant assets that they wish to protect in the event of a divorce. Commonly, prenuptial agreements cover issues such as maintaining a spouse’s separate characterization of property, altering the characterization of joint assets, the liability of debts, joint use of property, commingling of funds or bank accounts, waiving spousal support upon divorce, and obligations of the parties that arose before marriage. Joy Stanley Law Corporation has the knowledge and expertise to draft the most effective prenuptial agreement that is tailored to an individual’s specific needs.
Even after a divorce has been finalized, unforseen circumstances that have a significant effect on a former spouse or partners personal or financial state may arise. As a result, what was once ordered or agreed to with respect to child custody, visitation, child support, or spousal support may no longer be appropriate or sufficient. However, before any changes to the original order or agreement can be made, a qualified attorney should be consulted to critically evaluate a party’s individual needs and whether legal action will be likely to succeed. Joy Stanley Law Corporation has the required expertise to effectively analyze, assess and obtain the appropriate modification that a client requires.
Joy Stanley Law Corporation offers the unique service of supervising your case while you are being represented by another firm. Our firm is then hired by both spouses or domestic partners to act as a mediator while each party is represented by their own counsel. Acting as a “mediator’ or “supervisor,’ we are able to oversee what is happening with your case and determine whether you are being properly represented in the most effective way by your respective counsel. This often saves clients substantial attorney fees by effectively moving their cases more quickly to resolution. Due to the fact that we are in a completely neutral position, (if representing both parties as a “mediator we can never be hired as either parties’ attorney) and have no ulterior motives other than to act in your utmost best interest, we are in a position to ensure that your case takes the most efficient course to resolution and completion. This unique service most assuredly saves both parties tremendous emotional and financial costs. This service is different from consultation in that your family law attorney knows that you have hired our firm (and ideally your spouse or domestic partner has also hired our firm) to mediate and explore possible resolutions and/or supervise the management of your case, and therefore your attorney must cooperate with our firm in the decision-making of how to resolve your case. we often act as a mediator between your counsel or we help you find new, more effective counsel that would better serve your situation. Our firm has often done this type of “supervision’ in highly contested matters that do not seem to be getting anywhere or that do not seem to be able to resolve no matter what the parties attorneys have tried. Please feel free to contact our firm for more information on this unique and highly effective resolution concept.
Collaborative Law is a new way to resolve disputes by removing the disputed matter from the litigious court room setting and treating the process as a way to ‘trouble shoot and problem solve’ rather than to fight and win. The collaborative process can be used to facilitate a broad range of other family issues, including disputes between parents and the drawing up of pre and post-marital contracts. As part of the collaborative law method, both parties retain separate attorneys whose job it is to help them settle the dispute. No one may go to court if that should occur, the collaborative law process terminates and both attorneys are disqualified from any further involvement in the case.