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Divorce Process in California

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Before going about your divorce on your own, consider this: the divorce process in California can be long and complex. You may be experiencing stress or you simply will not have time to do the research. Let a team of practiced attorneys at Sullivan Law & Associates fight for the outcome you deserve.

We have represented thousands of clients in divorce proceedings and have dealt with everything from contested high net worth divorces to amicable separations with little to no assets involved. With a history of representing families in Orange County that extends back to 1978, our lawyers know the courts, the judges, the opposing counsel, and the law. We are positioned for success and continually work to assert our clients’ rights and interests.

Contact Sullivan Law & Associates for a consultation: (949) 565-2793. We serve Irvine and surrounding areas throughout Orange County.

How Do I File for Divorce By Myself in California?

California divorce law states that you do not need to prove fault prior to filing for divorce. You will first file the divorce petition with the court and then serving your spouse, which will begin the process. Once your spouse responds to the petition, the negotiations begin.

You do not need to provide a reason to the court, otherwise known as “grounds for divorce.” The most common reason used for filing divorce is “irreconcilable differences.” It is understood simply that you and your spouse have no chance of getting back together. Fault in a marriage may be a consideration under certain circumstances.

For example, a spouse who has committed infidelity has shown a display of poor character. This can greatly impact that spouse’s chances of getting the custody order that they desire. They may also be forced to pay more in alimony or perhaps some assets may not be divided as fairly as they had hoped for.

The only other requirement to file for divorce In California is that you must be a resident of the state for at least six months. You should also be a resident of the county where you are planning to file for divorce, for at least three months, before the judge can issue the final decree.

Negotiating the Terms of Your Divorce

To begin dissolution of marriage in California, the terms must be negotiated. If you choose to work with an attorney at Sullivan Law & Associates, you have the benefit of putting a world-class professional in your corner.

We can effectively manage the terms of your divorce, which may include:

Modifications

We realize that in life, things change, and your divorce order may need to be modified to accommodate these changes. Even after a divorce has been finalized, we offer counsel related to the enforcement or modification of child support, spousal support, or visitation.

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Divorce is an emotional process. It brings the end of a marriage, which will have profound and lasting ramifications. It affects where you live, how much money you have, and how much time you spend with your children. It affects your property, assets, and debt. It can even affect who gets the family pet.

Divorce will change your life, but this change can be for the better. It can be tough to navigate the legal realm alone, so don't put yourself through more stress. If you are considering divorce, get in touch with a skilled divorce lawyer at Sullivan & Law Associates to help get you through the divorce process in California.

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