File For Divorce In LA County
For more than three decades, my firm, Stolar & Associates, A Professional Law Corporation, has provided Southern California individuals and families with high-quality advocacy, combined with a genuine desire to protect clients’ well-being. I am attorney Steven Stolar, and in my 35 years of practice, I’ve built a reputation for being knowledgeable and responsive, building strong cases to protect the best interests of my clients and calling on experts when needed.
I know the ins and outs of the divorce process, from the reorganization of financial matters to the restructuring of legal issues. When you come to Stolar & Associates, A Professional Law Corporation, you can be confident knowing I remain focused on you from start to finish.
We handle all types of matters involving divorce, including:
- International divorce
- High-asset divorce
- Out-of-state divorce
- Uncontested divorce
- Military divorce
- Complex divorces
- Later-in-life divorces
Contact my firm today! Call 310-800-2132 to schedule your consultation.
Do I Need A Lawyer For Divorce In California?
Divorce can be sought on “no fault” grounds in California. A couple need only cite “irreconcilable differences” to end their marriage relatively easily.
When a couple is able to come to an agreement about the terms of their divorce, including property division, child custody, spousal support, and other related matters, the divorce is considered uncontested. However, a divorce being considered to be uncontested does not preclude the need for an attorney. Various issues may arise, especially concerning the long-term impact of any decisions made. There are serious hazards in DIY divorces, and I sincerely feel my clients benefit from my services.
As your attorney, I can offer the following assistance:
- Review the terms you have agreed to and ensure that all necessary points have been considered
- Draft the divorce agreement
- Finalize and submit the agreement to the court on your behalf
What To Know About California’s Divorce Laws
Are you wondering about the grounds for divorce? California offers no-fault divorce. This means that you do not need to prove your spouse is at fault to obtain a divorce. Still, there are certain criteria that you must meet to terminate your marriage. At Stolar & Associates, A Professional Law Corporation, I can sit down with you to explain how the law applies to your particular situation. As I protect your rights, I will also make sure that you understand the process and make informed decisions about your life.
How Do I Get A Divorce In Los Angeles?
First, you must meet the requirements for residency. These include:
- Residing in California for at least six months
- At least one spouse residing in the county where you file for divorce for at least three months
If you are in different states or countries, the issue of jurisdiction can become more complicated. I can help you understand the jurisdictional requirements and how they might impact where your case is filed and the divorce laws that govern your case. Sometimes there are ways to accomplish your goals and get around these requirements.
Do You Have To Have A Reason To Get Divorced?
There are only two grounds for divorce in California: irreconcilable differences and incurable insanity. Irreconcilable differences requires only a simple statement by you or your spouse that you no longer get along. Incurable insanity, on the other hand, can be difficult to prove and requires significant evidence from medical or psychiatric professionals. In both of these situations, only one party needs to submit a petition for divorce. In other words, the parties do not need to agree to the divorce. If one party refuses to go to court or participate in the divorce, a default judgment may be entered by the court granting the divorce.
How Long Does It Take To Get A Divorce In California?
This may vary depending on the negotiations of your case, particularly if you have a contested divorce versus an uncontested divorce. California is one of the few states that have a set waiting period in place, which is six months, beginning after the spouse is served with divorce papers.
How Much Does It Cost To Get A Divorce In Los Angeles?
At minimum, each spouse will need to pay a $435 filing fee to get a divorce in California. You will each need to also factor in photocopying and mailing fees. If you hire a divorce attorney (and it is recommended that you do), the additional cost depends on the lawyer’s fees and the complexity of the case.
Are You Facing A Contested Divorce In Los Angeles?
Divorce happens when one or both spouses cannot salvage their relationship. Typically, spouses in this situation disagree on key terms of the divorce such as property division and parenting time.
The negotiation or mediation process in a contested divorce is usually very complex. It can even become very heated. Some contested divorces head to court for a trial where a judge will issue the final decision. You should have an attorney on your side who can advocate for your rights, since you will not have control over the outcome in a trial.
I will work closely with you to determine a strategy to achieve your goals in private negotiations or in the courtroom. I understand that your divorce is unique, so I tailor my approach to protect your financial, familial and emotional interests.
Speak With Me For More Information
If you need more information about my firm’s high-quality services, please don’t think twice about giving my office a call. Wait to speak about your case, including posting about your divorce on social media, and call me right away. When you call on my firm to help you with your divorce, you will speak with me, a lawyer, not just a paralegal or other staff member. I value your trust and confidence.
Contact my firm today for client-focused representation.