Divorce and Mediation Attorney Serving Los Angeles, California
Filing for a divorce in California requires at least one of the parties to be a resident of California for 6 months and a resident of the county where the divorce is filed for 3 months. However, parties that do not meet this requirement can initially file for a legal separation and then amend their petition once the residency requirement is met.
To start a divorce, one of the spouses must file and serve a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. The parties must include:
- The date of marriage,
- The date of separation,
- The number of years from marriage to separation,
- The number of children of the marriage, or a statement if there are none, and
- If there are children, their age and birth dates.
When spouses prepare to end their marriage through divorce, they may disagree on how to divide property, divide their time with their children, or how much alimony to provide their spouse. These issued can be resolved outside of court through mediation or a stipulated marital agreement.
A contested divorce is when the spouses cannot reach their own agreement regarding property division, child custody, or support issues. These types of cases will often require litigating the disputed aspects that the parties cannot resolve on their own.
Among others, the most common issues that must be resolved in a divorce are property division, child custody, visitation and support, and other support issues.
The steps involved in divorce proceedings are often nuanced and complex. Contact us today with any questions you have about divorce, mediation, and litigation. Simply fill out the contact form on this page or call our office at (818) 740-2122.