Heather J. Smith Law | Divorce and Family Lawyer in San Jose, CA

Gone are the days when people only need lawyers when they are in real trouble. Today, most people will require the legal assistance of a lawyer at least once in their lifetime.

One of the most common scenarios where people run to seek the help of attorneys is during divorce or legal separation. This is usually followed by battling for child custody.

Divorce and Legal Separation

There are many circulating statistics when it comes to the rate of divorce and legal separation in the United States. There are some research findings that suggest that 50% of marriages in the US end in divorce while in California alone, this rate is even higher at 60%.

Moreover, based on another study, the divorce rate per 1000 married woman is 16.9. This is considered significantly lower than in the previous decades. One of the primary causes of this decline is that the marriage rate is also decreasing as most millennial wait longer to get married or do not get married at all. While there is hardly any up-to-date data that will confirm these statistics, it is safe to conclude that divorce and legal separation is very common in today’s society. The chance of a person needing a lawyer for this purpose is not entirely zero.

Child Custody

Inevitably, once a marriage falls apart, and the parents did not end in good terms after the divorce, the next battle is on who gets the custody of children. This is often the case when both parties are not amenable to shared custody. While this is not a desirable experience for a child to have, it is a process that can help resolve conflicts and can prevent more adverse outcomes.

Why hire a lawyer?

Divorce or legal separation and child custody cases are painful and often seen as one of the most stressful experiences a person can have. A lawyer will have their client’s best interest at heart and will do everything to the best of their ability, as allowed by law, to ensure fair proceedings.

Why choose Heather J. Smith Law?

  1. Empathy

Having worked with hundreds of clients, Heather J. Smith Law has seen the cycle of how family-related cases affect relationships and the lives of the people involved. She does not only provide legal assistance with a straight face but compassionately understands and considers the complexities of each case. She does not hesitate to go to court if she sees that it is best for her client. Nevertheless, she first exhausts all possible ways to settle disputes out-of-court as per experience; this serves her clients best.

  1. Competency and Experience

Heather J. Smith Law, aside from being admitted to the California Bar, is also a qualified lawyer in England where she practiced as a commercial litigator for a few years in London before relocating to the US in 1986 to further practice private civil business litigation.

Theses stints plus her exposure to a wide range of pro-bono cases that focus on family law matters has equipped her with more than enough competency and experience to open her own law office exclusively for these types of cases.

  1. Broad areas of expertise including:
  • Divorce and Legal Separation
  • Child Custody and Visitation
  • Child Support
  • Domestic Violence
  • Property Division and Reimbursement Claims
  • Modification of Custody and Support Arrangements
  • Business Valuations
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty and •Misappropriation of Assets
  • Executive Compensation
  • Pre-Nuptial and Post-Nuptial Agreements
  • Interstate and International Family Law Matters

Contact Heather J. Smith Law and make an appointment today. Call 408-279-1800 or visit her office at 10 Almaden Blvd., Suite 1250, San Jose, California 95113.