UNDERSTANDING THE BASICS
Divorces present an emotionally charged, extremely complex situation for all parties involved, and a complete understanding of all the considerations at play is essential in preventing a drawn out, financially troubling outcome during what is sure to be a stressful and uncertain time. In California—a “no fault” divorce state—either party can initiate proceedings at any time, usually in one of three ways:
• Annulment: Legal erasure of a marriage or domestic partnership. Annulments are the simplest way to end a relationship but can be difficult to qualify for.
• Legal Separation: While a legal separation does not end a marriage or domestic partnership, it can be a step toward divorce that allows for court orders enforcing division of property and assets, child custody, and child support.
• Divorce: The most common method for ending a marriage, divorces can vary in length and complexity depending on involvement of children or your unique financial situation.
Working with an experienced attorney who understands your unique circumstances will allow you to determine the best course of action and achieve the most favorable outcome possible.
NAVIGATING THE PROCESS
Each of the options described above for ending a legal relationship with your spouse comes with its own deadlines, procedures, and other idiosyncrasies. Having a trusted attorney at your side can help you navigate these requirements while ensuring that you understand and protect your rights.
For couples that remain on good terms, this can be achieved through alternative dispute resolution—saving both time and money through cooperation of both parties, either via mediation or a collaborative divorce. Otherwise, your case can be brought before a judge in court if an agreement cannot be reached through alternative dispute resolution. In this situation, a divorce petition must be filed with the clerk of the court and served to the other party. Whether you are pursuing alternative dispute resolution or a court judgment, our experienced team has the diligence and dedication to help you prepare all necessary documents, determine the appropriate strategy to achieve your specific needs or objectives, and protect your rights.
WORKING TOWARDS YOUR NEEDS
No two divorce cases are the same, making it vital to work with an experienced attorney who can both understand the nuances of your unique situation and evaluate your circumstances in as objectively as possible, resulting in a customized strategy crafted to suit your specific needs—both in the short term as well as in the long run. Whether you are aiming to gain custody of your children, seek spousal support, or minimize the financial impact of your divorce, our team has the insights and experience needed to help you work towards the best possible outcome for yourself and your loved ones.
SCHEDULE YOUR FREE CONSULTATION
The prospect of a divorce can be extremely daunting—but you don’t have to face your situation alone. An experienced attorney that takes the time to understand your situation and craft the right strategy for you can be an enormous asset during an emotional and uncertain time. Take the first step by scheduling your free consultation through our contact form or by calling 714-971-8000.