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Our law office practices in all aspects of family law including divorce, legal separation and paternity. At the consultation, we give a legal analysis of the issues with specific techniques and strategies to try and obtain client goals as well as protecting client’s rights. We can run guideline child and spousal support calculations so you have realistic expectations. We will perform and conduct legal research as needed. We prepare the petition and summons and all the initial dissolution pleadings for filing with the San Diego Superior Court. We will assist with the mandatory preliminary declaration of disclosures including the schedule of assets and debts and income and expense declaration. We can prepare pleadings for a default with no agreement, a default with an agreement or an uncontested case as well as litigating as necessary. We assist with filing and proof of service. We can assist with emergency hearings [ex parte] as needed. We also assist with motions for child custody, child visitation, spousal support, alimony, attorney fees, residence exclusion orders and others. We also prepare discovery including written interrogatories, production of documents, subpoena, deposition, request for admissions, request for inspections and others. We assist with preparation for the mandatory family court services mediation since attorneys are not allowed at this proceeding. We negotiate with opposing counsel and/or opposing party to try and settle case if at all possible. We represent clients in family law court in all of the court houses in San Diego County including downtown, Vista, Chula Vista and El Cajon. We can prepare the marriage settlement agreement and judgment pleadings. If needed, we can also schedule a mandatory settlement conference as well as appearing for trial if this is necessary. Our firm assists with the preparation of all pleadings and court appearances as necessary including the family resolution conferences. We also handle post judgment motions including motions for modification of child and spousal support and the parenting plan as well as motions to set aside the judgment and enforcement of the judgment. We can assist with income withholding orders for wage garnishments. We can assist with referrals to experts including forensic CPA’s, child custody evaluators, court reporters, attorney service for filing, vocational evaluators, appeal attorneys as necessary, private Judges, Special Masters, Mediators, Appraisers and 730 Evaluators.

Are you guilty of sneaking in an episode of your favorite binge-watched series without waiting for your partner to watch it with you? If you answered yes, don’t worry, you are not alone.

According to Netflix, this type of cheating is on the rise. Netflix cheating has tripled since 2013. According to company data, 48% of binge-watching couples in the U.S. include at least one partner who has “cheated” on the other. On the positive side, 80% of the cheaters say the cheating was “unplanned” – no premeditated cheating here.

Do you need legal representation for your family law case in San Diego County? We specialize in divorce, child custody and visitation, child support, legal separation and more. From negotiations to court appearances, we are here to help every step of the way. Call The Law Offices of Doppelt and Forney, APLC today to schedule your free consultation with one of our experienced lawyers. With over 50 years combined experience, you can count on us to protect your rights as a spouse or parent and help you achieve your legal goals.

Millennials have been blamed for killing off a lot of things. From postcards, top sheets, to bar soap, millennial trends have affected how many companies do business. But now, are millennials killing divorce?

According to University of Maryland professor Philip Cohen, from 2008 to 2016, the U.S. divorce rate dropped by 18 percent.

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Do you need legal assistance with your divorce, legal separation or paternity case? With over 50 years combined experience, you can count on us to represent you and advocate for your rights as a spouse or parent. If your case is in San Diego County, give us a call today to schedule your free consultation.

Call The Law Offices of Doppelt and Forney, APLC today to schedule your appointment for a free consultation with one of our lawyers. With over 50 years combined experience, you can count on us to help you through your divorce, legal separation or paternity case in San Diego.

Hollywood is infamous for fiery romances that quickly end in divorce.

Between living life in the limelight, media scrutiny and unconventional lifestyles, celebrity marriages are faced with many challenges that often become irreconcilable. From Kim Kardashian’s whirlwind romance that lasted 72 days to Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock’s marriage that spanned 120 days, celebrities are notorious for short-lived love.

The San Diego Divorce attorneys at The Law Offices of Doppelt and Forney, APLC can help you through your divorce, legal separation or paternity case. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced lawyers.

An unfair reality –children of divorce are more likely to divorce as adults. Until recently, it was believed this was due completely to nurture, not nature.

The case for nurture: Children of divorce learn relationship skills and conflict management skills from their parents. Children who grow up with parents who do not handle conflict well are more likely to repeat that same behavior as adults. Divorcing parents also affect how their children feel about commitment. Even in early relationships, these children tend to have less positive views on marriage, a lower level of commitment to their partner and a much more pessimistic view about their relationship compared to a child in a two-parent home.

Don’t go through your divorce, legal separation or paternity case alone. Call the San Diego divorce lawyers at The Law Offices of Doppelt and Forney, APLC. We are here to help you through this difficult time. Contact us today to set up a free consultation with one of our experienced lawyers.

It is not uncommon for people in family court to represent themselves, but there are risks that come with self-representation.

People who divorce without the expertise of an attorney may put themselves at greater risk for mistakes, delays and added stress. The biggest risk would, of course, be losing your case.

Trust the San Diego divorce lawyers at The Law Office of Doppelt and Forney, APLC to handle your divorce, legal separation or paternity case. At Doppelt and Forney, our lawyers are constantly learning and adapting to stay ahead of the curve and bring you an unmatched level of expertise.

Rushing to get a divorce? That’s the case for many local San Diego residents, working to quickly finalize their divorce by December 31st, 2018 in lieu of the new tax laws affecting spousal support.

Starting January 1st, 2019, new federal tax laws will eliminate the spousal support deduction. By divorcing in 2018, spousal support payers will be able to annually deduct the money from their taxable income, which may mean thousands of dollars in tax savings for high-income earners.

The lawyers at The Law Offices of Doppelt & Forney are here to represent you through your divorce, legal separation or paternity case in San Diego. Contact us today to learn how we can help you!

India has issued an executive order criminalizing the Muslim practice which allows Muslim men to instantly divorce their wives.

The practice, called triple talaq, allows men to divorce their wives instantly by repeating the word “talaq”, meaning divorce in Arabic, three times over the phone, in person, or even in writing or in a text message. This practice is not available to Muslim women. It’s important to note, many Muslim schools of thought do not practice triple talaq, and the practice is banned in many Muslim-dominant countries.

Call the San Diego divorce lawyers at The Law Offices of Doppelt & Forney to help you through your divorce, legal separation or paternity case. With over 50 years combined experience in California family law, you can trust us to protect your rights.

Is Fortnite a cause for divorce? According to a study by Divorce Online, the answer is yes.

By now, we’ve all heard of the popular video game, Fortnite. In just one year, Fortnite exploded to 125 million registered players, and it’s not only kids and teens that play. In fact, almost 75% of all gamers are over 18 years old. While Fortnite is a fun hobby for most, for a small percentage of gamers, gaming addiction is a real issue that can potentially be a cause of divorce. In a recent study, 38% of Fortnite gamers play for 11 or more hours a week.

While all family law cases are unique, many fact patterns are similar. Attorneys who practice in divorce, paternity and legal separation encounter similar fact patterns which have similar questions. An attorney should always be consulted for any divorce, legal separation or paternity case no matter whether the issues are just child legal and physical custody or alimony and child support and division of debts and assets or all of these together. The more issues, often, the more complex the case can be. These are a list of some of the frequently asked questions a San Diego family law attorney can be asked in a consultation. A free consultation is a very good way to obtain accurate information as well as realistic expectations.


Always, there is an issue regarding jurisdiction of where the case should be filed. To file for a legal separation or divorce in San Diego, either you or your spouse must have been a resident of the State of California for at least six months and a resident of San Diego County for at least three months prior to the filing of the petition and summons. This does not mean, however, that all issues would be heard in San Diego. For example, if you have minor children, the jurisdiction for custody and visitation orders would be where the children have lived for the last six months. It is possible to be legally able to file your family law case in San Diego however not have the requisite jurisdiction for any orders [absent emergency] for legal and/or physical custody per the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdictional Enforcement Act. An individual analysis of the case must be made to determine where the family law action should be filed. Sometimes, when concurrent cases in different states, the Judges have a UCCJEA Conference Call to determine where the proper venue is for the case. Also, as is common in San Diego Military Families, one spouse may be on deployment for more than six months however they could still be considered residents of San Diego County depending on the documentation.