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PROTECTING YOUR RIGHTS AND FAMILY DURING A DIVORCE

There are many consequences to divorce -the separation of your family, financial setbacks and the emotional challenges of ending a marriage. This can be a confusing and frustrating time with significant stresses for everyone involved. An experienced attorney can help you identify the key legal issues you face, develop a strategic approach and work aggressively to protect your rights throughout the process. The Law Offices of Stephen M. Cohen in Riverside, California, has extensive experience in divorce and all aspects of family law and will help protect your rights and manage your priorities.

RIVERSIDE ATTORNEY WORKING TOWARDS A LASTING RESOLUTION

Quickly settling a divorce without a thorough evaluation could threaten your rights and long-term interests. On the other hand, extended and lengthy litigation can be costly and ultimately cause more distress for your family. Our firm focuses on cost-effective, reasonable resolutions that address your needs and the best interests of your family. We will help you consider your legal options, including your opportunities and the potential risks you may face.

Divorce attorney Stephen M. Cohen can protect your rights with issues involving:

• Contested and uncontested divorce

• Division of property

• Child custody and visitation

• Child support

• Alimony or spousal support

• Domestic abuse

• Legal separation

• Annulment     ·

PERSONALIZED SERVICE, COUNSEL, AND RESOURCES

Attorney Stephen M. Cohen and his staff have extensive experience and a wide network of resources to help you protect your rights and move forward after divorce. While we are skilled in negotiations, we are also prepared to take any case to trial on your behalf. Our clients are diverse, including stay-at-home mothers, wage earners, high-income professionals and business owners. We will take the time to review your individual needs and develop a tailored approach to protect your rights and interests.

We offer affordable consultations and accept credit cards for the convenience of our clients. To speak with attorney Stephen M. Cohen regarding your case, please call 951.320.2222 or feel free to contact him by e-mail at cohen@lawsmc.com.

FAMILY LAW STRATEGY CONSULTATION

 

WORKING WITH YOU TOWARDS A POSITIVE EXIT PLAN...

One of the first things that many people will do when they are considering a divorce, is speak with friends and/or relatives, do some research on the Internet, and have a consultation with an attorney.

When considering a consultation for family law/divorce issues, the services of a qualified family law attorney is essential. There are many attorneys. Some are general practice, and some concentrate and specialize in certain areas. It is always best to consult with an attorney who specializes and emphasizes and/or concentrates on the family law area.

Further, most attorneys will honestly answer questions that are posed to them Sometimes the attorney may not be as brutally straight forward as they should be. In other words, sometimes people hear what they want to hear, and other times attorneys may say what the person may want to hear.

It is very important to first have a qualified attorney. Listen to what they say, and make sure that they are giving you real world answers.

In my 26 years of practicing family law in Southern California, we have seen many potential clients come to our office after being served. They did not do any planning whatsoever, nor did they have an exit strategy. If one party had prepared for the dissolution, they were in much better shape, and generally had a better outcome.

Therefore, I have organized this consulting business, in order to consult with people who may or may not be going through a divorce or considering a divorce. Further, it is always wise to have a plan. No game is won, without a game plan. It is much easier to be successful due to a winning strategy and having a game plan, and understanding the concept. Dissolution actions are no different than a chess game.

A winning exit strategy or dissolution pre-planning, generally results in a much more positive outcome, should a dissolution become necessary, or help if you are currently going through a divorce. Within these consultations, custody, visitation, support, property issues, disposition of property issues, and date of separation, are all discussed. We review situations to determine if it is advantageous to file first. We discuss hypothetical situations. Essentially, we develop an appropriate strategy and therefore, have an appropriate dissolution plan in place, which will help litigants achieve a positive result.

If just one aspect of the consultation saves a party a few dollars in support, or causes a party to receive additional support, that can be worth thousands of dollars. If just the proper planning helps somebody in regards to the distribution of property, again the cost analysis in regards to the amount paid for the consultation vs. the possible amount of savings, or funds received, or in regards to the distribution of property, could work out to many thousands of dollars.

We look forward to answering your questions, and working with you towards a positive exit plan.

ABOUT US & WHAT TO EXPECT

 

AGGRESSIVE FAMILY LEGAL SERVICES FOCUSED ON YOUR RIGHTS AND FUTURE

The Riverside, California, Law Offices of Stephen M. Cohen, located in Inland Empire, offers aggressive, competent advocacy and has extensive experience working within the local courts. We are always abreast of developments in family case law and are able to employ that knowledge and skill to protect the rights of our clients. At every stage, you can trust that we will provide an honest evaluation of your case, even if the projected results are not ideal. Understanding the significant personal challenges you face, we will work to provide the counsel, resources and support you need.

We take a proactive approach to leverage your interests and achieve the best possible outcome in your case. Our Inland Empire family law attorney, located in Riverside, handles cases involving:

Divorce:
We are prepared to handle contested and uncontested divorce, negotiations and settlement, alternative dispute resolution and trial. .·

Child custody and visitation:
One of attorney Cohen's priorities is to protect your parental rights and the best interests of your children in cases involving divorce, modifications or relocation.

Child support:
Attorney Cohen will review your case and work to achieve a reasonable outcome, whether you are obligated to pay or are seeking to collect child support.

Spousal support/alimony:
If you are seeking to collect support or want to prevent unmanageable obligations, attorney Cohen can represent you through settlements or trial.

Modifications:
Attorney Cohen is able to seek a modification to an original order if your circumstances have changed.

Domestic partnerships:
Our firm handles all aspects of domestic partnership from establishment of rights through separation and dissolution.

Property division:
Attorney Cohen is experienced in complex cases involving the division of real estate, personal property, family businesses, retirement and other complex assets.

Domestic violence disputes:
Our firm will protect your rights and interests involving restraining orders, stalking, harassment, allegations, abuse and other domestic disputes.

Out-of-state clients:
We are prepared to represent out-of-state clients with Inland Empire family legal issues involving custody, support, and modifications.

 

TAKING ACTION NOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR FAMILY'S FUTURE

At every stage, you can trust that our skills, experience and tenacity will be employed in your best interests. With compassion, consideration and discretion, we will take on your case, working diligently to achieve the best possible outcome in your divorce or other family dispute. We understand that the results of your case will impact your family in the long term. Our priority is to achieve the best possible outcome from the outset so that you can feel confident, secure and protected as you move through this transition and into the future.

ABOUT OUR TEAM

Stephen Michael Cohen
Riverside, California
Phone: 951.320.2222  or Email: cohen@lawsmc.com

Attorney Cohen received his BS from Cal State Long Beach in Criminal Justice. Attorney Cohen then attended Whittier Law School and graduated in 1985 with his Juris Doctor. He opened his first Office in Downey, CA and then after two years moved to Long Beach and then in 1989, opened the office in the Inland Empire. Since 1989, Attorney Cohen has been practicing Family Law in the Inland Empire and more specifically has spent the majority of his time in the Riverside Family Law courts. His office staff is family related and the office is a family run business. Attorney Cohen enjoys time with his family and his many activities.

Areas of Practice

- Family Law

- Child Custody

- Child Support

- Divorce

- Spousal Support

- Domestic Violence/Restraining Orders

- Division of Property

Bar Admissions

- California, 1986

- U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1986

- U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1986

Education

- Whittier College School of Law, Los Angeles, California: J.D.

- California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, California: B.S.

 

Lauren Cohen-Patterson
Riverside, California
Phone: 951.320.2222  or Email: cohen@lawsmc.com

I have worked exclusively in the area of Family Law since 2005 and also since I became licensed to practice law in 2011. I am experienced to handle all different types of Family Law matters, including but not limited to the following:

1. Child Custody and Visitation

2. Child Support and Spousal Support

3. Domestic Violence Restraining Orders

4. Litigating and settling property disputes

I advocate for my client’s on a regular basis in Riverside, San Bernardino and Orange County.  I am knowledgeable on the different inner workings of each court and I can help my clients smoothly navigate through the court system.

The Law Offices of Stephen M. Cohen is owned and operated by my father and we are able to provide Family Law services with a relaxed atmosphere. I worked in my father’s law firm while I attended law school. During this time, I was able to gain invaluable insight and experience in reference to handling each client’s unique situation and need.

Our office takes pride in being a family run firm offering personalized attention to each individual client. We try to remain as accessible to our client’s as possible, as we know communication is key in serving our client’s individual needs.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband, two little boys (ages 5 and 2), my dogs, Penny and Toby and my cat, Miss Kitty.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO HELPING  YOU

 

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We offer affordable consultations and accept credit cards for the convenience of our clients. To speak with Stephen M. Cohen regarding your case, please call or email us.

Law Offices of Stephen M. Cohen
4131 9th Street
Riverside, CA 92501
Toll Free: 951.320.2222

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