Are you concerned about receiving your fair share of significant financial holdings accumulated during your marriage as your high-asset divorce proceeds? Are your children being alienated against you as contentious divorce discussions continue? Will a parental relocation call for a post-judgment modification of custody and support arrangements? Attorney Michael D. Iverson has the sound legal guidance you need.
At the Law Offices of Michael D. Iverson, APC, our respected law firm's founder listens to your story and advances your goals from start to finish of the legal process. He educates, advocates, negotiates, and litigates in your best interests. You can trust that we will keep you updated on your case from start to finish. We will also thoroughly explore your options with you so that you can make an educated decision on what is best for you and your loved ones.
When Should You Hire A Divorce Attorney?
Many times, the unrepresented party walks away without a fair deal in divorce proceedings. However, it is recommended to have a divorce lawyer look through your agreement in an uncontested divorce to make sure that your rights and interests are protected.
Divorce Matters We Regularly Handle
The decision to divorce a spouse is rarely an easy one. First, it's the choice you never thought you would have to make. Then children are often caught in the middle of disputes. The emotional and financial tolls taken are especially heavy, clouding an entire family's future. The good news is this: an experienced, compassionate family law and divorce attorney can show you and your children the path to peace of mind and a brighter tomorrow.
Our attorney is backed by over 10 years of experience handling the following, and more:
"I am so grateful to him and his supporting staff."Allison
"He is a very thorough and competent attorney!"Michael R.
"When I have a legal issue, I call Iverson."Perry K.
"Michael was fantastic to deal with and very professional."Ryan A.
Less then a month after my consultation it was done. Everyone is awesome and very helpful on any questions I had.Chuck G.
What Are the Grounds for Divorce in California?
California is a no-fault divorce state. However, each divorce that is filed must clearly explain why the divorce should be granted and support those reasons with evidence.
There are two grounds for divorce in California:
- Irreconcilable differences: This phrase indicates that there are substantial issues that have led to the breakdown of the marriage. The court will evaluate the specifics of these irreconcilable differences and determine if the marriage should be ended.
- Incurable insanity: It must be proved that the spouse in question is incurably insane. Medical or psychiatric reports and testimony are generally accepted and required as proof for a marriage to be dissolved for this reason.
What Are the Requirements for Divorce in California?
Because California is a no-fault state and you do not need to state the grounds for the divorce, the process first begins by filing your petition in court. There may be other various forms that the local courts require from you. The summons must then be served to your spouse, who will have 30 days to respond to the petition.
Other considerations to make:
- Gather all of yours and your spouse’s financial records
- Decide whether or not you need temporary spousal or child support
- Consider whether if your divorce will be traditional dissolution or a summary dissolution
- Attend any mandatory court hearings
At minimum, you will need to wait six months before the judge can issue a final decree of marriage dissolution. California law requires this waiting period, which begins on the day that you filed your petition.
Do I Need a Lawyer for an Uncontested Divorce?
An uncontested divorce means that you and your partner agree on child support, visitation, child custody, and other similar logistical matters. Even in this case, a lawyer can be extremely beneficial to make sure that your rights are protected and that all the paperwork is filled out correctly.
California Post-Divorce Checklist
Once your divorce is legally final, you may still need to take care of a few more items. According to the California Courts, here are some common arrangements you may need to make:
- Update the beneficiary on your life insurance policy
- Update your will (change beneficiary)
- Ask your employer to update your tax withholdings
- Ask your employer to update beneficiaries of your employee benefits (such as health insurance)
- Change the title of your car (if your divorce judgment says only one of you will own it moving forward)
- If you are held responsible for state / federal tax penalties and filed jointly with your spouse in the past, consider filing for “innocent spouse tax relief”
Pursue a Brighter Future with the Law Offices of Michael D. Iverson
Learning about the many ways Mr. Iverson can help will have you feeling a lot better about where you are during this trying time. Whether you are in Murrieta, Temecula or a surrounding area, he can help!
To schedule an initial consultation where you can have a candid, comfortable conversation about your situation, contact us today.
At the Law Offices of Michael D. Iverson, the founder of our respected law firm brings many years of successful service, legal knowledge, and client focus to a shared belief in your goals.
Facing a legal family matters or divorce is stressful, but you do not have to go through this on your own. Take the first step and contact the Law Offices of Michael D. Iverson, APC today to learn more.