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In California, a divorce proceeding begins with a “Petition for Dissolution” of the marriage, filed in the superior court where residency requirements are met. To claim residency, one of the spouses must have lived in California for the last 6 months, and you must have lived in the county where you are filing for the last 3 months.
Many divorce cases include the following issues:
California is a no-fault divorce state. This means “irreconcilable differences” is a valid ground for divorce. While there is no need to demonstrate a party is at fault, there are still actions that can influence the family court’s decision about property division and child custody.
The marriage is ended by agreement of the parties or trial. There are a number of ways to reach that conclusion, including settlement, mediation, and litigation. Often a case will involve litigation, settlement and mediation at different points in time as the parties proceed towards dissolution.
Each case and client is unique and we work with you to create a road map that works best for your situation. Our goal is to ensure your financial interests, the well being of your loved ones, and future are protected.
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