With law offices in Orange County, California, the Bayati Law Group strives to bring every divorce case and every family law matter that we handle to a just and satisfying conclusion so that our clients can move forward meaningfully and constructively with their lives. While we have the legal knowledge, experience and ability to handle the most contentious of family law matters, we nevertheless always strongly encourage divorcing couples to pursue a cooperative divorce strategy and to resolve their differences with the least possible acrimony, especially when young children are involved.
Our legal team at the Bayati Law Group recognizes that traditional approaches to divorce, custody, and the division of assets and debts may be inadequate or prohibitively costly for many of our clients and potential clients. We understand that each client and every family is unique and that each divorce and every family law case is different. Every Bayati Law Group client and prospective client is treated with complete respect and is extended every possible professional courtesy. We promptly respond to every phone call and email, we help you to understand your legal options, and we stay in close contact with you regarding the developments in your case. The Bayati Law Group’s dedicated legal team handles every aspect of a divorce including:
- The division of property, assets, and debts
- Spousal support (alimony)
- Child custody
- Child support
- Child visitation
- Modification of court orders
- Enforcement of court orders
Of course, the field of family law in California is about much more than merely divorce. The Bayati Law Group also helps couples seeking to adopt children, couples who need a pre-nuptial or post-nuptial agreement, and grandparents who are seeking visitation rights or child custody. We handle paternity claims, and we help the victims of domestic violence obtain the court orders and legal protection that they need. We also handle legal alternatives to divorce such as annulments and legal separations.
Many couples in California seek legal separation rather than divorce, sometimes for religious reasons as an alternative to divorce, or sometimes to take the time to resolve their issues and work toward a marital reconciliation. Although a legal separation is not a divorce, there will still be a number of issues to resolve, and you may need to retain an attorney and obtain a formal legal separation agreement. Annulment can be similar to a divorce, except that you wish to “annul” a marriage – that is, to declare that it was never a valid marriage – rather than “dissolve” a marriage that was in fact valid. Not every state offers the annulment option, however, and even California courts will not grant every annulment request.
The Bayati Law Group also offers out-of-court divorce options – such as arbitration and mediation – for those divorcing couples who are able and willing to work together to resolve their divorce-related disputes. Divorcing spouses who wish to avoid expensive litigation often opt instead for an arbitration proceeding. An arbitrator can usually resolve a divorce and the related issues in far less time – and more cost-effectively – than a judge. If both spouses can agree in advance to accept arbitration, an arbitrator’s decisions will be final.
Mediation is similar to arbitration in some ways; the goal in divorce mediation is to resolve the key issues in a divorce without the need for a courtroom trial. Mediation is an entirely non-adversarial process; both parties work through their issues with a neutral mediator. Not only is mediation a cost-effective way to resolve a divorce, but it provides the opportunity to reach a fair resolution to all of the issues that are important to both divorcing spouses.
Conventional, courtroom-centered divorces still happen every day in the state of California, and when a number of issues are in dispute, a conventional divorce remains the right option. The Bayati Law Group will help you. Family law evolves and changes every year in California, so we work with commitment and determination to stay familiar with the newest legislation and the most recent rulings from California’s courts.
At the Bayati Law Group, our dedication means that our clients will receive the sound legal advice and committed legal representation they need to achieve their individual and family goals and to move forward with their lives. Our legal team is headed by attorney Brian A. Bayati, who brings his considerable background in real estate and finance to the practice of family law, enabling him to advocate more effectively for clients in divorce cases involving spousal support and the division of marital assets.
Orange County Attorney Brian Bayati has been named three times in the last six years as one of Orange County’s top divorce attorneys by OC Metro Magazine. Brian graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, in San Francisco. While attending law school, Brian was a judicial extern to the U.S. Court of Appeals (Ninth Circuit), and he was also active as a public service mediator. Prior to founding the Bayati Law Group in Orange County, Brian was legal counsel for a national corporation and part of a prestigious Los Angeles-based civil litigation firm with offices throughout California and across the United States.
Brian Bayati is also an active member of the Orange County Bar Association and an active member of the Orange County Bar Foundation and its Society of Fellows. He is the Vice Chairman of the Orange County Bar Association Lawyer Referral and Information Services Committee, and he additionally serves as an arbitrator for the Orange County Bar Association Mandatory Fee Arbitration Committee.
The Bayati Law Group focuses exclusively on the resolution of family law matters in southern California. Orange County Attorney Brian Bayati implements practical strategies to resolve family law issues effectively on behalf of his clients. Whether you need immediate legal advice and representation from an experienced Orange County family law attorney today, or whether you simply want information to help you plan for your family’s future, you can schedule an appointment with the Bayati Law Group right now.