Getting a divorce in California is not an easy process. If you have already decided how to handle these matters, the process is much easier. Fortunately, the most difficult part is past you, which is deciding to end the marriage. Contested divorces can take years to resolve and we will be with you throughout the entire process. There are 3 main ways to end a marriage or registered domestic partnership in California: divorce, legal separation, and annulment. It is not necessary for both spouses or domestic partners to agree to end the marriage. Either spouse or partner can decide to end the marriage, and the other spouse/partner, even if he or she does not want to get a divorce, cannot stop the process by refusing to participate in the case. If a spouse or domestic partner does not participate in the divorce case, the other spouse/partner will still be able to get a “default” judgment and the divorce will go through. Married couples who file for divorce in California must first meet California residency requirements. The residency requirement is that the individual filing must have resided in California for at least 6 months prior to filing. Once the requirement is met, depending on the length of the marriage and the circumstances of the divorce, there are a number of filing options available to those seeking a divorce in California. Under California law, once a couple files for divorce, a number of issues will be determined by the court, including division of property and debts, spousal support, child support, and child custody and visitation.
California marriage and family relationships are governed by a set of statutes or laws identified as the California Family Code. Under California law, individuals who want to terminate a marital relationship have a number of options available to them, including legal separation, annulment, dissolution and summary dissolution.
Premier Paralegals will help you understand the process so you can make the right decisions. We will guide you through the maze of court proceedings and prepare your legal forms. We will answer all your questions and simplify the ordeal during these difficult times. We specialize in complex divorces with or without children.