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Filing for Divorce in CA

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At Stolar & Associates, A Professional Law Corporation, we know you are going through a uniquely challenging situation in your life. We will be here to guide you through this process. Our legal team will meet your concerns with sincere understanding and positive solutions. We will help you move forward with peace of mind and assurance, standing by your side as a trusted advocate.

Our lawyers 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 we remain focused on you from start to finish.

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For more than three decades, Stolar & Associates, A Professional Law Corporation has provided Southern California individuals and families with high-quality advocacy combined with a genuine desire to protect our clients’ wellbeing. Knowledgeable and responsive, our experienced attorneys build strong cases to protect the best interests of our clients and call on experts when needed.

We handle all types of matters involving divorce, including:

Handling Divorces with Utmost Care

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, just because a divorce is 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 we sincerely feel our clients benefit from our services.

An attorney at our firm 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 Are California's Divorce Laws?

California is a no-fault divorce state. This means that a spouse does not need to show cause in order to get a divorce. However, in order to get a divorce in California, the law requires you to meet certain criteria. At Stolar & Associates, A Professional Law Corporation, we can guide you through the process of getting a divorce and protect your rights throughout the process. We will clearly explain the steps and your rights so you can make informed decisions at every stage of your divorce. In order to get a divorce in California, you must meet specific residency requirements under the law.

Some of the requirements you must meet include:

  • Must have been a resident of California for at least six months.
  • Must have been a resident of the county where the divorce is filed for at least 3 months.
  • Only one of you must be in the county where the divorce is filed. If you are in separate counties, you can choose to file in either county.

If you are in different states or countries, the issue of jurisdiction can become more complicated. Our attorneys 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.

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.

Grounds for Divorce in California

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.

Are You Facing a Contested Divorce?

Divorce happens when one or both spouses can no longer reconcile their relationship. This often means that they disagree on certain aspects of life. This foundation of frustration can often lead to what is known as a contested divorce. This type of divorce occurs whenever a couple does not agree on the terms of the divorce, whether it be custody or spousal support.

Contested divorces can involve complex negotiations or even a heated divorce trial, which means the final decision will rest in the hands of a judge. Having a divorce lawyer during a contested divorce is crucial, as you need your rights and welfare to remain protected.

Our divorce team will work closely with you to craft an appropriate solution outside of the courtroom or zealously advocate for you during a trial. We understand that every contested divorce is unique, which is why we develop personalized legal strategies for each and every client that protect their financial, familial, and emotional interests.

For More Information, Speak with Our Divorce Lawyers

If you need more information about our firm's high-quality services, please don't think twice about giving our office a call. When you call on us to help you with your divorce, you will speak with a lawyer, not just a paralegal or other staff member. We value your trust and confidence.

For the client-focused services you need, contact our firm today.

We Treat Our Clients Like Family

  • You kept encouraging me to keep the faith regarding my kids, and now I see only bright days ahead.

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