Divorce articles: A Dissolution of Marriage or Registered Domestic Partnership (Divorce) is a legal action that ends marriage or a registered domestic partnership.
- Residency Requirement – To obtain a divorce in California you or your spouse or partner must have lived in California for the last six months and have lived for the last three months in the county where you file for divorce.
- No “Fault” Required – No one has to prove that either spouse or partner is “guilty” or “innocent”.
- It is not necessary that both persons agree to end the relationship. One spouse or partner cannot make the other stay in a relationship.
- It takes a minimum of six months from the date of the divorce papers are served (given) to the other party before a divorce can be final. However, you are not automatically divorced at the end of six months. At least one spouse or partner must complete the required legal process and obtain a written judgment.
Do I really need to hire a divorce attorney?
One of the most frequently asked questions I get is whether I need to hire an Orange County divorce attorney to represent me or whether I can represent myself. In most situations…Read more.
What to expect at your first meeting with your divorce lawyer.
After your phone call to your prospective lawyer, your next step is to meet with him to get a deeper sense of their ability…Read more.
Should you fire your current divorce attorney?
Should you start to think about firing your divorce attorney? That’s a question that many people going through a divorce sometimes have to think about…Read More
How much does a divorce cost in California?
“How much does a divorce cost in California?” That’s typically one of the first questions I get from newly divorcing individuals. In California, in order to get divorced…Read More.
Can you get your spouse to pay your legal bills?
Your divorce case can be both emotionally draining and can end up being very expensive. In some cases, spouses will argue over every issue, including big issues such as…Read More.
Will the court order my spouse to pay my attorney fees?
Many people ask us whether they can you have the court order my spouse to pay my attorney’s fees? Yes. You can request…Read more.
How long do I have to live in California to get a divorce?
Are you living in California for a divorce? So many people move to California or Orange County and then…Read more.
What is my date of separation?
In California divorce cases, the date that you separated from your spouse can be one of the most important initial issues you will be confronted with in your divorce. You can even have a separate trial on…Read More
Do NOT violate the automatic temporary restraining orders (ATROS)!
Were you just served with divorce papers? Or did you just file for divorce from your spouse? If you answered yes to either of those questions, then you are bound by a group of automatic temporary restraining orders (“ATROS”) that are designed to to maintain the status quo…Read More.
No fault divorce in California: Can it help me get out of my marriage?
No fault divorce in California wasn’t always the law. In 1970 under then Governor Ronald Reagan, California became the first state in America to officially recognize the concept…Read More.
How to speed up your divorce.
How can I speed up my divorce? If you currently have another attorney representing you in your Orange County divorce case, that is one of the most common questions I hear….Read More.
What is the best income tax filing status for my situation?
One of the most common questions we get, especially at tax time, is how a client should file their tax returns–should they…Read more.
Read some frequently asked questions about California divorce here
There are many common questions we get about divorce. In this article we put them all together in one place for you to take…Read more.
Is a common law marriage recognized in California?
When most people think of getting married, they don’t think of a common law marriage in California. They do usually picture a ceremony with two people walking down the aisle….Read More.
What are the top 9 divorce myths in California?
Why do we need to know what they are? Well, during the initial stages of representing clients in divorce cases, many lawyers meet potential clients who tell them that, after discussions with friends, they know all of their legal rights in their case…Read More.
Does It Matter Who Files For Divorce First?
One of the most important questions people thinking about divorce ask us is: does it matter who files for divorce first? Frequently, we have seen clients who were blindsided when their spouses go to the courthouse…Read More
New technology can impact your divorce. Read how technology can impact your divorce.
A woman recently phoned her ex-husband to discuss child support and other matters that had her upset. Her ex wasn’t home, so she left him an angry, threatening…Read more.