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Helping Couples Navigate the Dissolution Process

If you and your spouse cannot reconcile your differences and wish to end your marriage, divorce is the next step. Although this process may seem daunting at first, with the help of the right lawyer, it is manageable. An experienced lawyer will have the knowledge and understanding of the law and what is and is not enforceable in court. He/she will be best equipped to help you and your spouse find the best resolution for your family.

Grounds for Divorce in California

California is a no-fault divorce state, which means you do not need to cite a reason as to why you are requesting a divorce other than irreconcilable differences.

Residency Requirement

To be able to file for divorce in California, one spouse must be a resident of the state for at least 6 months or 180 days.

Once you file your paperwork, you must wait 6 months from the date your spouse is served before the divorce can be finalized.

Divorce Versus Legal Separation

California is one of the states that allows the option of legal separation. It is like divorce as you still make decisions regarding property division, child custody, and child and spousal support. However, as an alternative to divorce, legal separation differs from divorce in one crucial way: you remain married but live separately.

A couple may choose legal separation if they want to continue receiving medical benefits, which they only have access to if married. In other cases, for couples of certain religious backgrounds, it may go against their beliefs to get divorced.

To begin, consult with an experienced attorney and then follow these steps to pursue a legal separation:

  • File a petition
  • Work with your attorney to decide what to do about child custody, child support, spousal support, and property division (you and your spouse can decide these factors, or the court will do so for you)
  • Obtain a final judgement of legal separation from the court

California: A Community Property State

California is considered a community property state, so all assets and property acquired during the marriage are owned equally by both spouses. Also known as marital property, this includes assets, debts, property, and income. A couple cannot sell, transfer, or get rid of community property without the other spouse's permission, but can do what they wish with their half. Once the couple ends their marriage, any property acquired after will be considered separate property.

Community property may include but is not limited to the following:

  • Money
  • Debt
  • Property
  • Vehicles
  • Vacation home
  • Collectibles, art, antiques

Take the First Step and Book a Consultation Today!

If you are considering divorce and would like to discuss your options with an experienced lawyer, take the first step and contact our office today. With over a decade of legal experience, we have the skills and knowledge you would expect to help you navigate this transition in your life.

Reach out online or call us at (951) 418-2770 for help with your divorce.

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