Having a consultation with an experienced family law attorney is often the first step in getting the information that will help you make the important decisions that lie ahead. An experienced family law attorney can provide you with legal representation to protect your legal interests and to help you determine the best course of action in resolving your marital dissolution issues.
While each case is different one thing is certain, divorces can be emotionally fraught, intensely personal affairs. As the laws that govern marriage have grown more complex, the definition of family has broadened, the role that lawyers play in helping their clients navigate these rough waters has become more significant.
California is a no-fault divorce state. This means that neither spouse is required to prove that one person was responsible for the breakdown of the marriage. Instead, either spouse may file for divorce based on irreconcilable differences.
At least one spouse must reside in California for six months before filing a petition for dissolution. You must also live in the county where the divorce is filed for at least three months prior to filing the petition. The earliest the court can grant a divorce in California is six months and one day after the non-filing spouse is served with the petition or appears in court.
California is a community property state. Property, including your home, income, and personal property that was acquired during the marriage is considered community property and will be divided equally by the court. The court will also divide any debts acquired during the marriage. Alternatively, you and your spouse can agree upon how to divide your property and avoid leaving it to the judge to decide. Keep in mind that any property that was acquired before marriage, after the date of separation, or by gift or inheritance will remain the separate property of the spouse who acquired it.
Having a consultation with an experienced family law attorney is often the first step in getting the information that will help you make the important decisions that lie ahed. An experienced family law attorney can provide you with legal representation to protect your legal interests and to help you determine the best course of action in resolving your marital dissolution issues.
Divorce cases often involve a multitude of interrelated issues, all of which can be shaped by the intensity of the emotions of the parties and their families. At the Law Office of James S. Lazar we understand each case’s individual issues by listening to our client’s and assessing their legal needs. Mr. Lazar helps to set reasonable goals working to resolve those concerns.
At the Law Offices of James S. Lazar you can learn about the options available to you. In a consultation with James S. Lazar you can receive information and assistance with Mediation, Collaborative Divorce, as well as with contested divorce and the court process.