Divorce Attorney Referral Service
Do I need an attorney for divorce in California?
Hiring a divorce attorney in California is recommended if you are getting a divorce. While some divorces are amicable, others are extremely contentious. Having the advice of legal counsel during this time is extremely beneficial for you in dealing with your former spouse. Additionally, it will ensure that marital assets are distributed fairly.
Some issues to consider in Divorce cases:
- Prenuptial agreement
- Retirement plans
- Property distribution
- Minor children
Filing for divorce can be costly, especially if there are disputes along the way; and, hiring a divorce attorney can save you valuable time and money in the long run. Your divorce attorney must be well-versed in California divorce law, and he or she will be able to handle your divorce efficiently, professionally, and competently. You will know your options and the various consequences of those different options. You will be well-educated on what the best choice is for you and your family situation.
Divorce can involve other issues, such as the distribution of marital assets and debts, spousal support, and child support (if children are involved). A divorce attorney will be able to help you determine what you and your former spouse will need during this time, and he or she will ensure that all requests or demands are made accurately.
Additionally, you may be in a situation where your spouse or partner does not want to get a divorce, and may refuse to participate in the case. Your attorney will be able to instruct you on the best course of action to take in this situation. In California, your divorce will still be granted, even if your spouse does not participate in the proceedings. Your attorney will be able to help you file the necessary paperwork to ensure that everything goes as smoothly as possible during this time.
Divorce can be conducted in court or outside of court. If it is done in court, there are several steps that need to be taken. It is easier to complete these steps and to know the right steps to take with the advice of a qualified divorce attorney.
For example, when you have decided to end your marriage, are you certain of the way you want to end it? In California, a marriage can be ended using divorce, legal separation, or annulment. Each process is different and has different consequences.
Additionally, there is a process called ‘summary dissolution’ if you decide you want a divorce, but not all couples qualify for it. Your divorce lawyer will be able to tell you whether you qualify for summary dissolution and whether you should pursue it.
Ending a marriage outside of court is often a good avenue for couples who are ending their marriage amicably. Instead of going in front of a judge, the couple will resolve their issues in front of a mediator, or an impartial third party, who is there to help the couple reach an agreement they can both accept.
What are grounds for divorce in California?
California is a ‘no fault’ divorce state. This means that the spouse or partner asking for a divorce does not have to prove that the other did something wrong. Put simply, one partner or spouse just has to state that the couple no longer gets along. This is also known as “irreconcilable differences.” Additionally, there may also be questions of jurisdiction in divorce cases that involve multi state residency and foreign properties. A consultation with an attorney referred by the Attorney Referral Service of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association can help determine whether the California family law courts have jurisdiction over a divorce.
How can I find the right lawyer?
Finding the right divorce lawyer seems daunting, but it really is not. Using the SFVBA referral service will help you secure a divorce attorney who is right for you and your particular situation. We have qualified, professional, and competent divorce attorneys in your area that who be available to help you end your marriage. Call us today (818) 340-4529 for your free consultation.