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Paul Ryan and his team of San Diego family law attorneys have decades of experience in divorce, child custody, alimony, property division, military family law & more.

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San Diego Divorce Attorneys

San Diego Divorce Attorneys

Getting a divorce is always stressful, more so when minor children are involved. To limit stress, and achieve the best outcome, hiring an experienced and compassionate San Diego divorce attorney will be a good first decision. If you have minor children, significant assets, or both, choosing a skilled San Diego divorce lawyer will help you achieve your goals while protecting your legal rights. If you are considering divorce and live in San Diego County, whether you and your spouse are going to court or planning an uncontested (non-litigation) dissolution, your most important action should be to hire an experienced San Diego family law attorney to represent you. Our compassionate divorce attorneys at Ryan Family Law have experience with mediation, settlements complex property division and divorce litigation. Compassionate though we are, we can be the aggressive litigators you need to protect your legal rights to obtain your goals. Contact Ryan Family Law today to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.

Experienced San Diego Divorce Lawyers

Seeing a divorce through, from beginning to end in San Diego — from filing, to settlement agreement, or a litigated judgment of dissolution — can be confusing and complicated. If your divorce is contentious it can become expensive. Having an experienced divorce attorney on your side, whether contested or uncontested, can lessen the costs. An experienced San Diego divorce attorney can be by your side to to help protect your legal rights as you proceed through each step of the legal process. Paul Ryan and his team of San Diego divorce lawyers at Ryan Family Law have decades of experience negotiating those quarrelsome and emotional issues such as child custody and spousal support (alimony). We are sensitive to and committed to helping our clients through the complex process of filing for divorce and related family law matters that often arise during the divorce process. We will aggressively advocate for you while striving to obtain the best possible outcome in your final divorce decree. That outcome should represent an equitable division of marital property (to include complex asset division), a workable and acceptable child custody and visitation arrangement, child support order — if minor children are involved — and a spousal support order, where you can sustain or get close to your current standard of living given that one family is about to become two separate households thereon.

At Ryan Family Law with three convenient office locations in the San Diego area, we are focused on helping you and your spouse reach a divorce settlement agreement outside of the courtroom, if at all possible. If there are some contentious stumbling points involving child custody, visitation or property division, we can still avoid more costly — and public — courtroom litigation by taking advantage of alternative dispute resolution channels including negotiation and mediation. That said, should those options fail to obtain the result you want to fight for, we will competently and aggressively represent you in your family law court case. Our San Diego attorneys will often bring in forensic accountants if your spouse is hiding assets or income sources as well as other expert witnesses when needed to build the strongest possible case that will result in you obtaining a satisfactory result for your divorce case. Moreover, Ryan Family Law invests in the most advanced public records searching software in order to ensure we find all of the opposing party’s assets – known and hidden. Likewise, at Ryan Family Law, our experienced San Diego family law attorneys will be at your side every step of the way.


San Diego Family Law Attorney Paul Ryan

Divorce is also known as a ‘dissolution of marriage.’ Divorce in San Diego California is the process of legally terminating a marriage. It is interesting to know that California was the first state to implement the “no-fault divorce” concept. This means neither spouse has to accuse the other of marital misconduct. Divorcing spouses may simply cite “irreconcilable differences” when filing for divorce.

Ending a marriage can be chaotic and emotionally draining. Unfortunately, some San Diego spouses elect to file for divorce on their own, trying to save some money, but come to realize that the process is not as simple as they initially thought. If there are children, a marital home, and other assets, it is a wise choice to hire a family law attorney – who ONLY practices family law – to handle the numerous aspects of your divorce. If you expect your spouse will disagree with what you want or your desired outcome, you absolutely should hire the most skilled San Diego divorce lawyer you can afford. Hiring an experienced San Diego divorce often results in our clients recouping/offsetting their legal fees in a more favorable divorce settlement agreement than they might have on their own. Many couples seeking a San Diego divorce think the process will go smoothly only to find that their spouse contests many issues and the parties cannot seem to come to an agreement in multiple areas. To terminate your marriage legally, and hopefully, via a settlement between the parties, you are required to come to a workable and viable agreement on all matters that comprise a legal, and binding, divorce settlement agreement.


San Diego Divorce Law

Depending on your specific circumstances, there are several paths you can take to get divorced in San Diego. The family law and divorce attorneys at Ryan Family Law offer San Diego residents experienced and competent legal guidance every step of the path process that will make sense for your unique situation.

Experienced With Many Types Of Family Law Cases

Mr. Ryan uses his extensive knowledge of family law to help clients resolve every issue related to their divorce or other family law dispute. In addition to his general family practice, he also assists clients with their high-asset divorce and property division cases.

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Contested vs. Uncontested Divorces

Contested vs. Uncontested Divorce – When a San Diego couple divorces, there are many matters that must be agreed to. These decisions often include dividing up all assets and debts, spousal support (alimony), custody and visitation, child support, and other matters related to the marriage. If a couple is able to come to an agreement about all the major issues prior to trial, the divorce is considered an uncontested divorce.
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Spousal Support in San Diego

When a couple divorces or legally separates, the court can order one spouse, or domestic partner, to pay the other party a specific (calculated) amount of spousal support each month. Thus, the family law courts and the California legislature ascribe the following legal terms to specify the kind of support ordered: ‘Spousal Support” for married couples and “Partner Support” for domestic partnership.
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Child Custody and Visitation in San Diego

If you and your spouse/partner have children together, one of the most critical choices you must make during your divorce is how to structure a fair and reasonable custody arrangement – one that will enable your children to have frequent and continuing contact with both parents. In California, there are two types of child custody: legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody addresses who makes important decisions for your children (health care, education, and welfare). Physical custody, addresses who your children live with. To finalize a divorce in San Diego, a custody arrangement should be hammered out between the parents and submitted to the court. If spouses cannot agree, it will be determined in court. Final child custody orders will spell out the terms of all future contact, to include visitation, with your children.
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Filing for Divorce in San Diego

Child Support in San Diego

Once you and your spouse agree to a viable child custody agreement, child support payments are then to be calculated. California law attempts to ensure that children and the children’s’ lifestyle continue post-divorce without major changes. To that end, Court-ordered monthly child support payments are intended to cover the cost of a child’s daily living expenses, including food, clothing, shelter, cost of education, school activities and healthcare. The percentage of time the payor party spends with the child, or children, is a major factor in determining the amount of child support is to be paid, along with the income of the parties/parents.
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How a San Diego Divorce Lawyer Can Help

Establishing Paternity in San Diego

It is a myth that only fathers can file a petition to establish paternity. Mothers routinely file paternity actions to legally establish the father of a child for so they can file for court-ordered child support or to address child custody and visitation.
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Filing for Divorce in San Diego

To file for divorce in San Diego County, (1) one or both parties must have lived in the state of California for at least six months, and (2) one or both parties must have lived in San Diego County for at least three months. It is essential that you hire an experienced San Diego famil law attorney who focuses solely on divorce and family law cases in San Diego. Paul Ryan, and his team of attorneys at Ryan Family Law, can help you with the entire divorce process. We strive to make the complex divorce process less overwhelming for you and your family.

How a San Diego Divorce Lawyer Can Help

People get married expecting to share a home and grow old together. Unfortunately, some experts estimate that nearly 50 percent of all marriages in the United States will end in divorce or separation. The divorce rate for subsequent marriages is even higher. Many couples have children or adopt children. Many will buy a home and numerous other assets along their journey. Choosing to end a marriage through divorce is a serious decision that follows much thought and contemplation. Once the decision is made to go separate ways, more decisions necessarily follow including the division of marital property (and debt), child custody, visitation rights and spousal support.

At Ryan Family Law, we dedicate ourselves to client care and unparalleled satisfaction. Our firm represents people who are facing divorce and related family law disputes in San Diego County adjacent counties. Paul Ryan, our founding attorney, has over two decades of California family law experience and many legal organizations have recognized him for his contributions to family law. As your legal representative, he will put your needs first and create a personalized case strategy that allows you to get the best possible outcome for your family law case.

Hiring an Experienced Lawyer is Invaluable

Our San Diego family law attorneys have an ‘in the trenches’ understanding of San Diego divorce law and how we can best navigate your case through the courts. We look to minimize and eliminate issues that might bog down your case in court. We will do everything in our power to help you choose the best course of action for your specific situation. That might be to compromise on some negotiations while digging in and fighting for those goals you decide are the most important on which to prevail. When necessary, we will consult with other professionals, such as therapists and forensic accountants. Many times, a court appoints a child custody evaluator to determine what custody or visitation order is in the best interest of the child. Moreover, there is no shortage of situations where one spouse is hiding money or income. Further, outside professionals can be brought in to evaluate a professional practice or small business in order to ensure your interests are protected.

Some law firms in San Diego see divorce cases as their personal ATM machines – particularly so with high asset divorces where there are significant property and assets. The attorneys at Ryan Family Law are known for affordable, compassionate and competent legal representation. Likewise, the firm’s founder, Paul Ryan finalizes all bills and routinely gives discounts of five to fifteen percent on outstanding invoices that are paid promptly. Accordingly, our goal is to obtain a favorable outcome for our clients, and their loved ones, and efficiently guiding you through the process to ensure the best use of your resources. By presenting our clients with all practical and legal options, your divorce will be also be less stressful.

When you decide to file for divorce in San Diego, find out what San DIego divorce attorney Paul Ryan and his team can do for you.

Military Divorce – Legal Help From A Former Marine

Attorney Paul Ryan is a retired U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel who has over two decades of legal experience. While in the Marines, he worked as the officer in charge at the Legal Assistance Office at the Marine Corps Air Station in Miramar. Mr. Ryan’s firsthand experience and skill set allow him to find solutions to his military family law clients’ problems.

Paul helps military families with many family law issues, including:

  • Divorce filings for active- and off-duty service members and their spouses
  • Military child custody and visitation
  • Move-away and relocation
  • Military child support payments
  • Domestic violence and spousal abuse allegations

Schedule a Consultation with a San Diego Divorce Lawyer – 24/7/365

Divorce is never easy. A so-called ‘simple divorce’ will often become complex and contentious when parties cannot agree on various issues such as who will live in the marital home or if they will sell the home, how much spousal support and/or child support will be, child custody, and even custody of the family pets. The choices you and your spouse make during the divorce process will impact your life – and the lives of your loved ones, for years to come. Hiring a knowledgeable San Diego family attorney to be at your side for the entire process can be a tremendous asset to you and your divorce case. Hiring a skilled attorney almost always results in a more favorable and satisfactory outcome.

Arrange a no-cost consultation with Paul Ryan, the founder of Ryan Family Law, to discuss your legal options.

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I’ve been working with Paul Ryan on a difficult case for over a year and he has been a God-send. He is smart, personable, very down to earth and a fighter. I had two terrible experiences previously with different SD firms, and hiring Paul has been a welcome breath of fresh air. I would highly recommend Paul, especially for active duty military and veterans.

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We strive to make our clients’ family law cases as stress-free as possible. Mr. Ryan is an accomplished family law attorney who can meet at an office near you. He will handle the challenges of your legal matter while you focus on taking care of your family. You can schedule your free consultation any of our three San Diego offices by calling us now.

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La Jolla 4225 Executive Square
Suite 600
La Jolla, CA 92037
858-222-6600
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Suite 250
Carlsbad, CA 92008
760-259-0800
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