Doctrine of Hollywood Marriage

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The music swells, the snow falls, and the picture fades as the happy couple shares a passionate kiss. Happy ever after? Yes. Sometimes. But when those dreams and expectations of a fairy-tale relationship tarnish, having the best advocate, a trained attorney in the field of family law, is who you want in your court.

Getting married can be the easy part: Choosing the colors, the venue, the menu, the attendants, and the dress. The work to stay married kicks in when the glow of the honeymoon stage starts to wane. Add extended families, babies, careers, balancing work and home life, scheduling children’s school and sports activities while trying to pay bills, buy a home, save for retirement, and being hit with unexpected challenges that life may throw your way. That’s when staying married becomes more challenging. Communication breaks down. Quality time spent together declines or becomes nonexistent. And before you know it, the couple has fallen out of love, and the relationship is broken.

“You don’t get any advanced training in what marriage is going to look like,” says Paul Seabrook, a family attorney and founder of Seabrook Law Offices in San Jose and Fremont.

“We get into these relationships and try to live the Hollywood dream of living happily ever after, but that’s tough,” he adds. If enough planning didn’t go into discussing these issues before or during a marriage, divorce may be on the horizon.

Talk to the team of talented family law specialists at Seabrook Law Offices, and let them show you what divorce will look like. Or if the decision to divorce has been made, the team helps their clients navigate the sometimes choppy waters of divorce, keeping them on course and moving forward until both parties are safely anchored into their new lives.

Family law, one of the most challenging and emotional areas, tackles many tough decisions, including child custody and support, alimony, legal separation, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, and paternity. At the end of the day, the team at Seabrook Law Offices will find the best path to reach their clients’ goals, always taking a child-centric approach to help parents do what’s best for their children.

Child custody agreements designate physical and legal custody of minor children and determine where a child lives and who makes decisions for the child. Many custody agreements can be arranged outside the courts, but when parents disagree, a judge will create a custody agreement keeping the child’s best interests in mind.

Child support ensures children receive ample financial support after a divorce is finalized. Again, the best interest of the child or children involved is considered when negotiating child support.

Paternity is presumed in the state of California if a couple was married or registered as a domestic partnership. Establishing paternity, however, in other cases is essential to determine rights such as legal and physical custody. Identifying paternity is also necessary to collect child support.

Seabrook Law Offices also offers free consultations to discuss each couple and family’s unique situation and issues. Seabrook attorneys, bilingual in English and Spanish, are there to inform, educate, assist, and guide their clients from filing to resolution.

Contact Seabrook Law Offices. 6840 Via Del Oro, Suite 265, San Jose. (408) 560-4487 or 2201 Walnut Ave., Suite 190, Fremont. (510) 800-8288. Visit and check out their latest blogs or Request a Consultation.

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Seabrook Law Offices
6840 Via Del Oro, Ste. 265
San Jose, CA 95119
(408) 560-4487

Seabrook Law Offices
2201 Walnut Ave Suite 190
Fremont, CA 94538
(510) 800-8288

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