Divorce in California: Moving Forward with Your Life
When a couple is no longer happy in their marriage and wants to divorce, it’s imperative that they each seek separate legal counsel. The family law attorneys at Johnson Attorneys Group in Newport Beach have earned a solid reputation in the Orange County community for meeting the needs of many clients with complex divorce cases. We are here to help you with your case. Our divorce attorneys have extensive knowledge of the intricacies surrounding the dissolution of a marriage in California. Our compassionate professionals take the time to understand your particular needs, whether they are simple or extremely complicated. Call our Orange County divorce lawyers and request a consultation today.
Understanding Divorce in California
The laws that apply to divorce, known as “dissolution of marriage”, are different in every state. Under California law, a spouse or domestic partner may file for divorce for just about any reason by claiming the couple has “irreconcilable differences.” There are no guilty parties because California is known as a “no fault” divorce state.
By definition, a divorce is attained in court with a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. It may sound simple, but the process can be extremely time-consuming and complex for some clients. Understandably, spouses often become highly emotional as they go through the process and transition out of their marriage. An experienced family law attorney can guide you through the legal process and handle the complexities involved so that spouses can focus on healing.
Our divorce attorneys handle:
- Divorce litigation;
- Legal separation;
- Marital asset division and apportionment: financial interests, accounts, and real property, valuations of property, business ventures, family-owned businesses, partnerships, investments, 401(k) plans, retirement assets, intellectual property, and more.
- Child custody and visitation;
- Child support;
- Spousal support (alimony);
- Domestic Violence Restraining Orders;
- Mediation consulting;
- Collaborative divorce;
- Enforcement; and
- Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.
What Happens if the Divorce is Contested?
If both spouses agree to all the terms of the divorce, this is what is called an uncontested dissolution. Couples who have no children and few assets can normally get by with filing an “uncontested divorce.” Unfortunately, that is rarely the case here in Orange County. It is far more common for divorcing spouses to disagree not only on the division of marital property and debts, but also regarding child custody and visitation, child support, and spousal support. The legal term for this is a “contested divorce.” When divorce proceedings drag on as spouses fight over every last issue, finalizing a divorce can be expensive; a long and bitter divorce may also make it difficult for ex-spouses to co-parent their children effectively.
Contested divorces require many steps, such as:
- The preparation, filing, and service of the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. This is the legal document asking the courts to grant a divorce that states the grounds for terminating the marriage;
- Discovery: A fact-finding process before trial;
- Pre-trial motions and hearings;
- Mediations and negotiations between legal counsel involving child custody and visitation rights, spousal support, property division, etc.;
- Modifications; and
Contact the Experienced Orange County Divorce Attorneys at Johnson Attorneys Group Today
In a perfect world, couples would come to a mutually-agreeable settlement and not contest their divorce. However, the complexities of a contested divorce can be simplified with the help of the right divorce attorneys. Johnson Attorneys Group is committed to serving its clients here in Orange County with the respect and privacy they deserve. We handle all aspects of family law, including high-asset divorce, child custody, child support, spousal support, property division, and more.
Call (949) 942-8784 to request a private consultation to discuss your case with a seasoned Orange County divorce lawyer.