When you decide that you want a divorce, there are many laws and procedures that apply. California has specific requirements for a divorce, and it is important to have the guidance of an experienced divorce lawyer in Los Angeles throughout every stage of the divorce process. Contact The Broadway Law Firm to discuss what to expect in your divorce.
In California, the following are required to complete the divorce process:
- You must be a resident of the state for six months or longer, as well as a resident of the county where you file your case
- You or your spouse must file a petition with the right court that cites irreconcilable differences as the grounds for divorce
- Resolve all relevant issues, including alimony, property division, child custody, and child support
- Wait at least six months from the date the petition was filed
While six months is the minimum time you must wait to get a final divorce order, many cases can take longer.
Uncontested vs. Contested Cases
If you and your spouse can work together to agree on the relevant issues, you might be able to file for an uncontested divorce, or a summary dissolution. You must meet very specific requirements under California Family Code §2400 to qualify for a summary dissolution. While an uncontested case can be faster and simpler, it’s still important to have an attorney.
If you disagree on any issues or are not eligible for summary dissolution, you will have a contested divorce case. It is critical to have the right divorce lawyer protecting your rights and interests in this situation.
Discuss Your Situation with Our Divorce Lawyers in Los Angeles
When you need representation for a divorce, look no further than The Broadway Law Firm. Contact our office online or call (213) 344-0545 to speak with a Los Angeles divorce attorney today.