The Divorce Process
Discuss Your Options with a Pasadena Divorce Lawyer
If you are contemplating the dissolution of your marriage, a basic understanding
of the California
divorce process can help to dispel some of the stress and uncertainty you are
facing. The first step in the process is to decide that you want to end
your marriage or domestic partnership. Once the decision has been made,
you should seek the guidance of a divorce lawyer in your area so that
you fully understand your legal rights and obligations.
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California's Divorce Laws
As an initial step in the divorce process, you will want to determine if
you qualify for a
summary dissolution. A summary dissolution is a quick and simplified method of divorce for
those who meet all of the qualifications. This type of divorce involves
couples who have been married less than five years, have no children,
where neither spouse is seeking spousal support, and have less than $40,000
worth of community property.
For couples who do not qualify, the standard divorce process will apply.
In order to begin the filing step for the standard process, you must have
lived in the state for six months and in the county where you are filing
for three months. If the spouses can come to an agreement on the various
issues involved in the divorce, such as
child custody and visitation,
spousal support, the division of marital property and debts, and any other required matters,
the divorce process can proceed much faster and courtroom litigation may
be avoided. If they cannot, then they should seek legal counsel and engage
in mediation sessions or proceed to court.
Starting Your Divorce
The first formal step will involve one of the spouse's filing a petition
with the court for the divorce; he or she will be the petitioner. The
other spouse will receive the petition and will be called the respondent.
He or she will have a certain time period in which to either respond with
formal documents or not respond. In cases where no response is made, a
judge can make a decision regarding the case without hearing the respondent's
After the petition and response have been filed, both sides will disclose
financial documentation so that a full disclosure is made. They will then
work out a divorce agreement on all issues concerning finances, assets,
debts, and any children involved. Any issues they cannot agree on will
be brought before a judge in court who will make a determination. All
of the terms of the divorce will then become part of the final judgment.
Divorces cannot be final until at least six months after the initial filing.
Get an Experienced Lawyer on Your Side!
Divorce can be a complicated process, especially where spouses are in disagreement,
where children are involved, or where complex financial holdings and assets
need to be sorted out. Getting knowledgeable and caring legal guidance
throughout this process is advised so that your legal rights are protected
and that your divorce proceeds as smoothly as possible. Get experienced
legal help with your divorce in and around Pasadena from an experienced
attorney at our firm.
Contact a Pasadena divorce attorney at Cannon Legal Group today.