The Elke Gordon Schardt Law Office has been helping individuals and families since 1991 through their legal matters. Elke proudly serves the needs of her clients with compassionate support and high-quality solutions.
With 28 years of experience helping clients across Central California, attorney Elke Gordon Schardt has extensive knowledge and skills in the areas of family law, including divorce and child custody as well as probate law, trust administration, wills, and conservatorships.
California is a "no-fault" divorce state, which means that the spouse filing for a legal separation or divorce does not have to prove that the other spouse did something wrong to warrant the dissolution of the marriage.
This sets two grounds for divorce in the state, being irreconcilable differences or incurable insanity. Irreconcilable differences, which have caused the irredeemable breakdown of the marriage, are typically the default reasons behind filing a petition for divorce in California.
Family courts do not automatically award custody to the mother or father, for any reason. By law, judges overseeing a divorce case are required to give custody according to what is in the best interest of the child.
Some of the factors which the judge will consider include: the age and health of the child; the emotional relationships between the parents and children; the parents' ability to provide care for the child; any history of family violence or substance abuse; and the child’s ties to their school, home, and community.
When a couple legally separates or divorces, a judge may rule in favor of spousal support. This means one spouse is legally obligated to pay the other a set amount of alimony each month to help maintain their livelihood.
Spousal support is often a complicated matter that involves many factors for consideration that impact whether or not spousal support is necessary and what amount will be required to pay. With an experienced attorney on your side, you can better understand how spousal support can affect your income, taxes, and how long payment can last.
Under California law, community property laws, any assets, and debts that spouses acquire during marriage belong equally to both of them, and they must divide them equally in a divorce.
Spouses can go about dividing their assets by assigning specific items to each spouse, allowing one spouse to “buy out” the other’s share of any given asset, or by selling off their shared assets and dividing the proceeds. You shouldn’t attempt the division of property or assets without the help of an experienced divorce lawyer guide you through the process.
Elke provided top notch legal and courtroom support to my family in regards to numerous family law cases in the Mojave Superior Court.
She not only won but fought for us and ensured the truth came out so we were able to get justice. She works hard for her clients and will not let you down.
Elke has done so much in my divorce and custody battle. She’s been great in making sure I’ve stayed informed and had all paperwork completed.
Elke was referred to me as my current attorney was leaving. Elke has been the best thing to happen to me since my ex filed on me in 2008.
She was always available when I needed her, made recommendations which fit my needs, and was very professional when dealing with my former spouse.
With 28 years of experience helping individuals and families through family law and probate matters, Elke knows what it takes to help you understand your options and design a strategy that fits your needs.
From her Lancaster-based office, Elke represents clients all over the area. From Kern County to Riverside County, to Ventura County and all the communities in between— when you need legal counsel, Elke can help.
When you're dealing with a stressful legal situation, the cost of hiring a lawyer shouldn't weigh you down. Elke keeps her fees affordable and clear so that you can focus on the important matters at hand.