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Beyond the considerable emotional pain, the end of a marriage is legally complex. There is no substitute to consulting a San Diego divorce lawyer if your marriage is ending. Knowledgeable legal advice is necessary to advise and provide representation to protect your rights regarding child custody, financial support, and to divide the property of the marital community.



Uncontested Divorce

There are two ways to resolve issues in a dissolution of marriage case in California. The dissolution case can be contested or uncontested. In an uncontested divorce you and your spouse agree to the terms of your divorce without the need for a family court trial. Uncontested divorce is generally cost-effective and time-saving in comparison to a contested divorce.


Contested Divorce

In a contested divorce, you and your spouse are unable to reach a settlement regarding matters such as:

  • Property division

  • Spousal support/alimony

  • Child custody and visitation

  • Child support

  • Division of marital assets

  • Division of marital debt

  • Business valuation

  • Divorce mediation

  • Military family law

  • Fathers rights


When an acceptable agreement cannot be reached through negotiation or mediation, it becomes necessary to go to trial to protect your best interests. We will aggressively fight for the outcome you desire.



Active Duty Divorce

When a couple decides to end their marriage while one spouse is serving in the military, divorce tends to get more complicated. There are specific rules about where to file for divorce, how to calculate child support, how to determine child custody, how to divide retirement benefits, and more that you need to know.


At Willmore Law Firm, we understand the unique challenges military families face during divorce. Our attorneys are able to handle these cases to ensure that your rights and the rights of your children are protected.


Putting Family First

If you are in the Armed Forces, your experiences in Family Court will be very similar to a civilian.  However, there are nuances unique to your situation that your attorney needs to understand. Common issues that come up in military divorce include relocation with a minor child, fair custody arrangements, division of retirement benefits, and accurate calculations for child support. These issues can be especially difficult to deal with if one party is deployed. To schedule a consultation with military divorce attorney Joseph Willmore, call us at 619-550-6738.




Child support is an issue that is never really completed or finalized. What works now may not work in the future for several reasons. Even in an amicable divorce, or in a situation where two people are raising a child but are not in a relationship together, it is important to have a skilled attorney working on your behalf to protect your rights and your interests.


Dealing with Children

Being honest with your children and talking with them together as parents is best. It is extremely imperative to omit any nasty details. It’s best to communicate to your children the reasons you and your spouse will be living separately. Again, the divorce is between the adults, not the children. Reassure them they are not the cause, in any way, and both parents love them.


If you have concerns regarding your current child support agreement, contact San Diego Child Support Lawyer Joseph Willmore. His law office is located in downtown San Diego and he can be reached at (619) 550-6738. Attorney Joseph Willmore will work with your best interests in mind and will do everything to protect your rights, and secure your future.

6 Step Process to Divorce

There are many legal aspects involved in the process of filing for divorce, all of which are best completed under the guidance of a professional attorney who can make the process go smoothly, and ensure that you get the best result possible.



One of the first steps involved will require that your attorney fully prepare the legal Petition and Summons. The process can only officially begin once the Petition and Summons have been filed with the clerk of the Superior Court in your corresponding county. Unless your income allows for a waiver, there will be a fee to submit these documents.



You can expect your spouse to be delivered (in legal terms, “served”) a copy of the Petition, the Summons and a blank Response by an official representative. You are not permitted to deliver the papers yourself.



Your spouse will have exactly 30 days to file his / her Response, and in the response your spouse will need to include the items that he / she feels need to be resolved by the court during the divorce process.


Factors that are considered must be in accordance with the law, such as objections to spousal support, requests for child custody, or disagreements of the division of property.



During the filing process you will be asked to complete disclosure declarations which will provide crucial information about your income, debts, assets, and expenses in order to cooperate with your spouse and their representative attorney.



Temporary orders can be requested by you or your spouse, calling for a hearing where a judge will decide upon the conditions of child custody, support, visitation, etc., for the interim period between your initial filing and the completion of the divorce process.


Under the representation of your attorney, you will then meet with your spouse and their attorney to come to an agreement for the conditions indicated by each party in their respective Petition or Response.



If the parties cannot reach an agreement, your case will be set for trial before a judge.

Joseph Willmore, Esq., CFLS 



Attorney Joseph Willmore is a San Diego County Divorce Attorney who has experience with both collaborative and contested divorces. There is no substitute for contacting an experienced divorce lawyer - and there is no relief quite like the peace of mind that comes with knowing you have an aggressive attorney fighting for your rights. 


You do not have to go through the process of divorce alone. A divorce attorney does more than file paperwork - they are your advocate, your counselor and your confidant. Come in today for a free consultation and let us show you how we can help you find peace of mind. 




Our client agreements are comprehensive, but easy to read and understand. 


Phone calls returned the same day, and your needs are never ignored. 


We are problem solvers that work hard to find you legal solutions within your budget


101 W. Broadway,

Suite #1770

San Diego, CA 92101

Tel: 619-550-6738

Fax: 619-236-0677

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