If you are considering getting a divorce in California, it’s important to understand the process and the steps involved. One of the first steps in the process is to file for divorce by opening a court case. In California, you must have lived in the state for at least 6 months and in your county for at least 3 months in order to file for divorce.
After you have filed the paperwork and paid the required fee, the divorce papers must be served to your spouse. This is the official way to let them know that you have started a court case.
The next step is to share financial information with your spouse and make decisions about issues such as child custody, child support, alimony, and property division. You and your spouse can come to agreements on these matters, or the court can make decisions for you. Once these issues have been resolved, you can finalize the divorce by submitting the final paperwork.
While it is possible to handle the divorce process on your own, it can be a complicated and stressful process. Hiring a lawyer can help you avoid mistakes, advocate for your rights, maintain good communication with your spouse, protect your children’s best interests, and reduce stress. At Thompson Law, we understand the emotional and personal nature of divorce and are here to help you navigate the challenges and get the best legal representation possible.