Divorce – Your Rights and Options

When a couple marry, they enter into a legal contract. Divorce is a legal process by which the couple can terminate their marriage contract and end their marriage.

What’s Involved ?

Divorce involves many issues, including division of property owned by both spouses in the marriage. A determination must be made as to who will be responsible for debt acquired during their marriage. Another issue involves whether one spouse will be ordered to pay a living allowance to the other as a condition for the divorce, commonly referred to as spousal support or alimony. When couples have children, the divorce process also addresses issues about where the children will live, a visitation schedule for the non-custodial parent, and financial support for the children that must be provided by each parent.

Contested vs. Uncontested Divorce

A divorce can be either uncontested or contested. If a divorce is uncontested that means that the two spouses are agreed on all issues necessary to issue a legally enforceable dissolution of the marriage. In uncontested divorce cases, the court’s role is typically minimal. Courts will enforce arrangements that both parties agree to. The benefit, then, from an uncontested divorce, is that it can usually be completed faster and cheaper.

A contested divorce is one where the parties do not agree on one or more issues, and the court must intervene to help the parties reach agreement. 

Fault vs. No-Fault Divorce

California is a No-Fault state. In these divorces, couples can end their marriage without assigning blame or fault. There need not be any misdeeds alleged against either party. Generally, in no-fault states, one or both spouses claim that the parties are not compatible or have irreconcilable differences and wish to end the marriage.

Start the Process of Resolving Your Divorce Today

A divorce is the legal end of a contractual relationship, but when a marriage ends, it involves significant consequences for relationships, and finances for the parties involved. Each divorce is unique. We can help you understand the legal requirements, the issues you will face as your divorce proceeds, and most importantly how to protect your rights throughout the legal divorce process.

Hiring an attorney for full representation may be what you need, but before you commit to spending thousands of dollars up front, find out if our unbundled legal services at California Online Divorce Attorney can work for you.

We offer a Pay-As-You Go payment plan and you can start your case for $95.

 

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