Orange County Divorce Attorney
Our Family Law Center Offers Compassion and Guidance
Divorce is a deeply personal matter. Everyone feels the pain and stress from it. The decisions you make during this time can affect the rest of your life. We understand how overwhelmed you might feel as you ponder what the future holds for you and your family. We are here to answer your questions and provide guidance and strength.
At Orange County Family Law Associates, we offer free consultations. When you visit our office, you will work with one attorney who will address and respond to all of your concerns. We can explain what divorce in California means for you and your children and discuss the steps you need to make moving forward.
Commonly Disputed Issues in California Divorces
Many people think they have a “no contest” divorce. However,a true “no contest” divorce means you and your spouse agree on all issues: children, property and debt. It would be ideal if you have a “no contest” divorce, as it will save you money. However, most people have at least a few issues in contention. Commonly disputed divorce issues including the following:
- Child custody, including visitation rights, child relocation and custody modification
- Child support, including calculation of incomes and additional costs, such as private schooling, extracurricular activities and/or day care expenses
- Property division, including valuation of real estate, business interests and retirement assets
- Whether you or your spouse is in need of spousal support
- Dealing with the extra laws involved in a military divorce
Our team has a great deal of experience navigating these issues. We can help you attain the best possible results for you and your family.
What You Need to Know about Divorce in California
- In California, you do not need to prove that one person caused the dissolution of the marriage. This is because California is a no-fault divorce state (the first state in the country to become one). “Irreconcilable differences” is a common reason for filing for divorce.
- California is a community property state. This means that, during a divorce, the court will divide all properties and debts acquired during the marriage. However, if you and your spouse can agree on a different distribution of property, the court will likely accept the agreement.
- California divorce law allows for spouses to own separate property. Separate property is outside the realm of community property and is owned by a spouse prior to marriage or acquired by inheritance. This property will remain separate as long as it was not held jointly or comingled with marital assets at any point of the marriage.
- Residency laws require at least one member of the relationship to reside in California for six months before either party files a petition for dissolution. One party must also have lived in the county where he or she filed the petition for at least three months.
- Your divorce will not be finalized until six months after you file the petition.
Call Today for Free Attorney Advice on Divorce in California
We understand that, right now, you need solid answers to your divorce questions so you can start planning the next phase of your life. Call our Orange County office or fill out our online contact form today to get started.