Law Office of Margaret Byrne Ikeda
Law Office of Margaret Byrne Ikeda

Practice Areas

Our Specializations

Family Mediation

Mediation is a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) that provides an alternative to the traditional process of litigation. In mediation, a neutral third party assists both sides in reaching a mutually agreed upon resolution. Unlike litigation, which usually has someone winning and another person losing, mediation gives the parties an opportunity to find areas of common ground and to come to an agreement in a way that is least harmful and meets the families' needs.

 

Meidation is almost always less expensive and less explosive way to reach a settlement, particularly where children are concerned. 

 

We offer mediation services for the following family law matters:

 

  • Dissolutions and divorces
  • Legal separations
  • Division of assets and debts
  • Child custody, both legal and physical
  • Visitation
  • Child support

 

Civil Mediation

Mediation is an informal dispute resolution process that is often faster, less expensive and less stressful than litigation and trial. In mediation, we as a neutral third party, work with the parties to help them resolve all or part of their dispute.

 

We will not decide the outcome of the case, but rather we listen carefully to each party and help them explore their real concerns, the strengths and weaknessnes of their case, their options for resolving the case, and the risks, costs and benefits of trial vs. settlement. 

 

We offer mediation services for the following civil law matters:

 

  • Personal Injury
  • Breach of Contract
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Construction Defect

 

Family Law

There are many aspects to a divorce/legal separation that must be considred. Such as:

 

Division of Assets: We help to identify community and separate property assets and the appropriate division of those assets. Most of the time, all of the assets acquired from the date of marriage to the date of separation (excluding gifts and inheritance) are considered community property. 

 

Support: We file the necessary paperwork with the court to establish temporary and permanent spousal support for married couples. We also establish child support and assist in modifying existing support obligations.

 

A few important notes about support:

1. In a divorce, normally the spouse paying support can deduct the payment on their taxes and the spouse receiving the support is taxed on the payment. 

2. Child support is not deductible or taxable in most cases. 

 

Child Custody: We will do what is best for the children. We assist clients in developing parenting plans and help to determine the sharing of custody after separation. We feel it is vital that the emotional and psychological needs of the chilren are met after separation. 

 

And, for those times when court is the only option, we're here to litigate and get the right result for our clients. 

 

Do you have questions about our services?

Contact us at 949-833-7155.

Contact and Appointments

Law Office of

Margaret Byrne Ikeda, Esq.

One Park Plaza

Suite 600

Irvine, CA 92614

 

Phone

(949) 833-7155

 

E-mail

margaret@ikedafamilylaw.com


 

 

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