1. How do I file for divorce in California?
The first step is to file a divorce petition and serve the other spouse, known as the respondent. The respondent has thirty days to respond to the petition and then…Continue Reading
2. What if I got married in another state – can I still file for divorce in California?
If you were married in a different state, you can still file for divorce in California, the only requirement is…Continue Reading
3. Do I qualify for a dissolution?
If you have been married for less than five years, have no children, don’t own any real estate and have limited property and debts, then you may qualify for a summary dissolution…Continue Reading
4. How long does the divorce process take?
This really depends on the unique circumstances of your case – including coming to an agreement for division of assets as well as child custody…Continue Reading
5. Do I need a reason to file for divorce?
California was the first state to adopt a “no fault divorce” concept, and a dissolution of marriage can be granted if…Continue Reading
6. Do I need to work with an attorney?
Working with an experienced divorce attorney will make it easier for you to get through the divorce process. Your attorney will be responsible for…Continue Reading
7. Will I have to go to court?
Certain paperwork will need to be filed with the court, but most divorce cases don’t need to be litigated. The best-case scenario is…Continue Reading
8. How is child custody determined?
If you and your spouse cannot come to an agreement in regard to custody and parenting, then the court will…Continue Reading
9. How is child support determined?
In preparing a child support settlement, a judge will use an equation to determine the appropriate amount of child support to be granted…Continue Reading
10. Does the court always rule in favor of the mother?
Traditionally, it is more common for a mother to receive primary custody of children, however…Continue Reading
11. What is community property?
California is a community property state, which means that all property and assets that are acquired before a physical separation are subject to…Continue Reading
12. How is spousal support determined?
Alimony, or spousal support, is usually granted in a divorce where there is a big economic difference between both parties. Judges will take a number of factors into consideration, including…Continue Reading
13. Am I responsible for my spouse’s debts?
It depends – any debt incurred during a marriage is considered…Continue Reading
14. Can my divorce settlement be altered?
A divorce agreement is a legally binding contract that is signed by both parties, which means it remains with you for life…Continue Reading
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