Divorce Litigation

What Is Divorce Litigation?

Litigation is a term that describes the process of taking legal action. When discussing divorce, litigation is the traditional divorce proceedings in which both parties hire attorneys who provide legal advice and represent their client in negotiations and court hearings. Each attorney advocates positions based on the personal wants, needs. and viewpoints of their client. The process may involve the use of formal legal procedures, known as discovery, to obtain financial and other relevant information. At Gilligan, Frisco & Trutanich, LLP, our goal is to provide our clients with the personal attention necessary throughout every step of the process to ensure that the best possible outcome can be achieved.

Our Approach to Divorce Litigation

At Gilligan, Frisco & Trutanich, LLP, we provide our clients with the professional and compassionate service necessary to walk them through divorce proceedings, which can be an incredibly difficult time. Throughout the divorce litigation process, each divorce attorney advocates positions based on the viewpoints of their client.

The direction of the case is controlled by the divorce attorneys and by the parties. Most cases have a very good likelihood of reaching an amicable resolution without the parties having to go to court. If the case does not settle, any remaining issues will be heard and resolved by the judge or an agreed private judge to resolve these issues. We will do our best to advocate for you in order to obtain the most amicable outcome possible in such a difficult situation

What Is the Divorce Litigation Process?

The divorce litigation process is can often be unpleasant and difficult. Our law firm will fight hard to make it as smooth as possible. The process may involve the use of formal legal procedures, known as discovery, to obtain financial and other relevant information. Throughout the litigation process, each divorce attorney advocates positions based on the viewpoints of their client. The process may involve the use of formal legal procedures, known as discovery, to obtain financial and other relevant information.

Discovery may include the use of depositions (a formal taking of testimony before a court reporter) and the subpoenaing of documents or other material believed to be relevant to the issues. At GFT, LLP, we will use our experience and resources to ensure that the entire divorce process is as painless as possible.

FAQs About Divorce Litigation

  • How long will my divorce litigation take?
    We will file your paperwork quickly and efficiently. California law, however, requires a six-month waiting period before you can legally be divorced.
  • I don’t want to hire a lawyer. Do I have to?
    Not technically. However, to ensure that you receive the best possible outcome in your divorce settlement, it is a good idea.
  • Will I have to go to court?
    The goal is to avoid going to court. We will file your paperwork and hope that court proceedings are unnecessary.
  • How do we divide our assets?
    Our lawyers will work with your ex-spouse’s attorneys in order to reach a mutually agreeable outcome for both parties.
  • Who is responsible for our debts?
    Generally speaking, both spouses are required to pay off any debt that was incurred during the marriage. Debt that was acquired before the marriage is the responsibility of the spouse who acquired it.

Our Family & Criminal Law Attorneys

When you’re going through a tough time, you need a full team on your side. Our five-attorney firm has all of the resources to attend to our clients' needs.

100+ Years Collective Experience

Our Law Firm's History

Gilligan, Frisco & Trutanich, LLP, was co-founded by John J. Gilligan, who has been practicing family law in Long Beach since 1981. Janine M. Frisco is also a partner, as is Kristin Trutanich. Together, they are the area’s most comprehensive legal stronghold.

GFT has helped individuals and their families surmount their legal difficulties for the past several decades. We are proud to serve Southern California, and have the dedication and experience required to handle every type of issue.

The Team of Attorneys You’ve Been Looking For

Our experienced team of professionals will guide you through life’s murkiest waters. At Gilligan, Frisco & Trutanich, LLP, we have the resources needed to represent clients in all aspects of family and criminal law.

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We have two offices conveniently located in the Long Beach & Manhattan Beach. We represent clients in courts throughout Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside counties.