Divorce can be a difficult and stressful process. Understanding the basics can
help pave the way for an easier transition as you move forward. At Cannon
Legal Group, a
Pasadena divorce attorney offers experienced and dedicated legal help for those facing the prospect
of divorce, those who have already divorced, and for divorce-related issues.
To assist you in understanding some of the aspects of divorce, we have
provided the answers to some basic questions below. For a more detailed
understanding of your potential divorce, we recommend that you
contact our offices to arrange for a consultation.
What are the grounds for a divorce in Pasadena?
California is a no-fault divorce state which means that either spouse can
initiate the divorce process based on irreconcilable differences. This
means that the marriage has broken down irretrievably and no hope for
reconciliation exists. It also means that no wrongdoing on anyone's
part will need to be proven before a judge. A divorce can also be granted
in cases where one of the spouse's has been deemed incurably insane.
In such a case, medical evidence of the insanity must be presented to
Will I need a lawyer?
That depends on the specifics of your case. It is possible to represent
yourself, especially in cases where there are no children and little property.
In these circumstances, you may qualify for a
summary dissolution which is a simplified process which does not require courtroom appearances.
In other types of cases, however, you may make expensive mistakes without
legal counsel, especially if your spouse has hired an attorney. Where
you and your spouse are in conflict concerning the divorce or its various
issues, you should seek the advice and guidance of a reputable attorney.
By doing so you can ensure that you fully understand the consequences
of all that you agree to and that your legal rights and benefits are protected
throughout the process. This is important as the effects of your divorce
may impact your life for many years to come.
How can I avoid a long drawn-out battle in court?
Less contentious methods can be used to navigate the difficult process
of divorce. One of these methods is divorce mediation where a neutral
third party (the trained mediator) helps you and your spouse come to agreeable
terms. At Cannon Legal Group, we also provide
collaborative divorce. In this process, each party retains an attorney and both sides meet in
four-way sessions to problem solve their way to mutually acceptable divorce
terms. This is done through constructive communication, a desire to cooperate,
and an urge to keep the disruption of the family to a minimum. All issues
surrounding the divorce, such as child custody and visitation, alimony,
and the division of marital property and debts, can be decided and arranged
through this more user-friendly method instead of in adverse courtroom
How are assets and debts divided?
California is a community property state. That means that marital assets
and property are divided in a 50-50 manner or as close to that as possible
unless you and your spouse create a different agreement. Any agreement
about how you split the property and debts, however, must be fair as it
will be presented to the court for approval. Where you and your spouse
cannot agree on how marital property should be divided, a judge will decide
for you. You may each receive property of closely equal value. The judge's
decisions also may be based on other considerations, such as who retains
primary custody of children, whether either spouse has caused financial
jeopardy or loss to the other, and more.