Divorce Made Simple for Californians

This article details what you need to know about divorce and the process involved in parting ways. Over 50% of marriages end in divorce in the US, and while the national divorce rate is at 7.7 per 1,000, iteven higher in California. It is thus important to know what to do should you, a friend or loved one find themselves in this situation.

You will need to follow these steps to get the process started, and then it is suggested that you rely on the advice and guidance of the lawyer you have selected to oversee this action through. The first three steps have been provided here as it is often the first steps that are the hardest to take.

1. Make the Decision

The first thing about divorce is that you need to be sure of your decision. You must have tried all you can as divorce should be the final course of action. As long as you are positive of the decision then you should go ahead. Be aware of the possible results, i.e. your spouse can make the process more complicated and prolonged than it needs to be by contesting the divorce. There are costs associated with the process that you must be aware of and you must plan for these. Dont let the possible consequences keep you from taking charge of your life and making this decision. Once you have made a final decision you should immediately move on. Do not labor or procrastinate about what then needs to happen. Deal with the practicalities of the decision, but also begin to implement a clear course of action to see it through.

2. Initial Meeting with Your Lawyer 

Book a meeting with a professional for advice and guidance through this process. You may not need them throughout the whole process, but the paperwork can be confusing, so set off on the right path. Many people have a lawyer in mind that they have used for house transfers, business issues and civil disputes - but,dont do this. Use a reputable firm that provides expert divorce attorneys like Brown Dahan. They are a good local example and provide a wealth of information and checklists to start. Its at this meeting that you should ask as much as you can and determine whether there are any other options available to you, for example, will you qualify for a summary dissolution, which would be a simpler and quicker process.

3. Petition Prepared and Filed

Your lawyer will essentially take it from here, but you will need to ensure that the petition is filled in correctly and filed. The information you include on the petition is particularly important and will have a significant bearing on the case. Accurately reflect your position and ask the court for the orders you would like them to make. This process can be quite complicated, and it is suggested that you use the lawyers secured in step two to assist. You will need to know which country to file your case in and if it is a complicated split, provide details of all the orders you want the court to make.

There are steps to process and finalize a divorce in the state of California. The entire process can be shortened if there is some form of agreement between the parties and the divorce is not contested. 

Divorce is a difficult time - one of the most stressful things that you will do. It is strongly advised that you try to agree on the following with your spouse as this could shorten the process considerably: You both want the marriage to end, and you have an agreed plan for custody and visitation, child support issues and how to deal with property and any debt.

The steps outlined here are the first three and if you hire the right firm, you will not have to worry about the other 15 steps, as they will walk you through these step by step. A little planning and thinking before you act will save you a lot of money and additional heartache at this time.

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