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California Divorce Laws

Helping You Navigate the Divorce Process

California divorceCalifornia is a “no-fault” divorce state. This means you do not necessarily need to provide grounds for the divorce. Any party to a marriage can choose to end the marriage at any time without a need to prove the other party was at fault.

The most common reason for parties to file divorce is the “catch-all” category – irreconcilable differences. Simply, this means that the relationship has deteriorated so much the parties are unable to reconcile and save their marriage.

Regardless of the reason for your divorce, The Law Help Center can help you navigate the overwhelming divorce proceedings and represent your best interests every step of the way. We strive to employ strategic methods tailored to your unique case so that the end result achieves your goals.

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What Are the Grounds for Divorce in California?

You are not required to provide fault for the end of the marriage in the state of California. The reason you can claim is “irreconcilable differences.” This essentially means that both you and your spouse are no longer capable of continuing in the marriage and that there is no chance for either of your to reconcile.

Sometimes fault is considered in deciding the terms of a custody arrangement or alimony. For example, a spouse who was caught being unfaithful in the marriage is to blame for the end of the marriage, and may be ordered to pay more in alimony or receive less time to spend with the child.

Finally, you must at least be a resident of California for at least six months before you file. You should also be a resident of the county where you are going to be filing.

Uncontested Divorce in California

For divorces based on irreconcilable differences (and if the parties are civil and cordial), you can elect to proceed with an uncontested divorce. This tends to be the least complicated process especially for those who don’t own property or have children and/or are able to resolve their issues without court intervention.

Uncontested divorces can sometimes be completed without an attorney; however, at The Law Help Center, we believe it is the most cost-effective and efficient for the parties to involve an attorney on a “limited scope” basis.

In an uncontested divorce, parties can agree to resolve the case outside of the judge’s presence and without going to trial.

The divorce can proceed smoothly from start to finish if each partner can agree on matters such as:

Contested Divorces

Unfortunately, if the parties to a marriage are not civil or if there are disputes over certain terms of the divorce, the process is considered contested. In a contested divorce, the stakes go up significantly and it can be much more complicated, expensive, and stressful to resolve the dispute.

If you are going through a contested divorce, having an experienced attorney to advocate on your behalf on the California divorce process is strongly advised. At The Law Help Center, we know how stressful and confusing this time can be. Our lawyers are here to help you every step of the way.

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