Jeffrey Wittliff graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with bachelor’s degrees in both Economics and Government, before attending California Western School of Law where he graduated Magna Cum Laude, near the top of his class. While maintaining his top grades, Jeffrey completed five separate internships in law school at many prestigious San Diego County law firms, including a federal clerkship and working under several local Certified Family Law Specialists.Jeffrey also mastered family law from an academic stance, earning the highest grade offered in his Family Law class.Jeffrey joined Griffith, Young, & Lass in September 2016, and has experience representing clients in many different situations, including divorce and paternity actions, child custody, child support, spousal support, move away trials, property and asset division, and domestic violence restraining orders.Jeffrey is extremely attentive to his cases and believes in thorough preparation and the value of regular client communication.Behind the scenes, Jeffrey has extensive background in research related to all areas of family law, propounding discovery when necessary, and negotiation to settle cases with opposing parties. He believes in limiting legal fees and costs wherever possible.Jeffrey is an active member of the American Bar Association, San Diego Family Law Bar Association, and California Young Lawyers Association. In his free time, Jeffrey enjoys training mixed martial arts, writing reviews as an amateur film critic, and hiking local trails.Call now to speak with an experienced San Marcos Family Law attorney: 858-345-1720
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The divorce process begins when you or your spouse files a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage with the Superior Court in San Diego County (or wherever the appropriate jurisdiction is). You can do this yourself, or we can do this for you.
Once it is filed with the court, the spouse who is served with the divorce/dissolution petition is called the "respondent" or "defendant" in the divorce/dissolution process. He or she must respond to ("answer") the petition within 30 days.
Assuming your spouse responds, the two of you will exchange information about assets, debts, property and other relevant items. If you both can agree on how to divide up your assets and debts, along with child custody and support, you won’t need a trial. But if you two can’t agree, you will need to have a court hearing.
If your spouse doesn’t respond, the case will proceed anyway. The petitioner, or the one asking for the divorce, requests orders from the court regarding the division of property and attorney’s fees and, when appropriate, alimony, custody, visitation and child support. In this situation, the divorce will become final six months and one day after the respondent is served.)
Mediation is a less expensive and faster alternative to a litigated, contested divorce. If both parties are willing to work together to arrive at a settlement, mediation is the recommended route. Legal counsel (one attorney) will help both parties understand the often complicated legal jargon, and ensure the divorce process goes as quickly and painlessly as possible.
Temporary hearings are designed to resolve issues that may come up while the divorce is pending. These situations include:
Temporary custody arrangements
Temporary support/maintenance stipulations
Injunctions against financial assets and stipulations of asset usage
Protections against harassment and domestic violence
Similar to mediation, the Judicial Hosted Settlement Conference, is designed to help both parties come to a mutual agreement without needing to proceed to litigation (court). This is especially helpful for cases that have reached an impasse where both parties are unable to come to an agreement, and a judge can provide helpful guidance on the legal proceedings that would follow if an agreement cannot be made. If both parties are unable to come to an agreement, the case typically proceeds to a trial.
If your case goes to trial, your attorney and your soon-to-be ex’s attorney will present evidence and make arguments before the judge. Then, the judge will rule on any unresolved issues. If it's necessary to go to court, we will want to be as prepared as we can be, so we can get you the best result possible.