In California a divorce is really a dissolution of your marriage. You do not have to convince the court to end your marriage contract. It is called a no-fault divorce for a reason. Each party can allege irreconcilable differences exist. If you need a divorce lawyer or divorce attorney in the Bay Area or California please give us a call at 1-877-963-9543.
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We understand that this is not an easy time in your life and that is why we do everything possible to make the process go smoothly. That does not mean there will not be challenges. It just means you will always be able to speak to your attorney on the phone or via email and know what is going on in your case.
Your initial consultation with us is free. We understand that you may not be completely sure if filing for divorce is the right thing for you. There are many issues to consider. We ask that you fill out our Client Information Form so that we have the information we need to answer your questions quickly and efficiently. We will email you the Client Information Form prior to the consultation or you may fill it out in our office before your appointment.
The party that files for divorce must prove:
- California resident for at least 6 months before filing; and
- Resident of the county where the petition for divorce is filed for 3 months.
When you file the petition automatic restraining orders go into effect. (1) You may not take a minor child from the state without written consent of the other party or obtain an order from the court. Where ever the child/children live at the time the petition is filed is where they need to remain. (2) You may not transfer, encumber, conceal or dispose of any real or personal property whether it is community property, separate property or quasi-community property without the consent of the other party or a court order. You may of course spend money as you normally would to live. If a large expense is necessary you must notify the other party at least 5 days in advance of making the large expense and account for the expense. Once the petition is filed please do not take a loan on community property, use community property as collateral for a loan, close any financial accounts or take property out of a safe deposit box for example. (3) You may not cash out, borrow against, transfer, dispose or change the beneficiaries of any insurance policies. This includes, but is not limited to, life insurance, health insurance, automobile insurance that are for the benefit of either party or children.
One of the main reasons why we decided to practice family law and become divorce attorneys and divorce lawyers is to help people with their divorces is the number of our clients that have come to us for other services. There are many considerations that go into crafting an agreement that can last and allows both parties to move on with life. Every case is a little different given that each one of your lives is a little different than the next person. It seems most divorce lawyers and divorce attorneys think that dividing assets is a problem after a divorce is final. Well, sometimes that is the main problem, but we have a lot of first-hand experience with the debts incurred during marriage. Please give us a call at 1-877-963-9543 to retain us as your Bay Area divorce lawyer or divorce attorneys.