Helping People Understand The Divorce Process In California

If you are facing a divorce in California, you do not need to face the legal process alone. At the Auburn Law Office of Chandra E. Miller, I believe in empowering each of my clients by giving them knowledge about the divorce process. Review the following information, and contact me to learn how I can help you.

Three Phases Of The Divorce Process

My approach is to look at the California divorce process in three phases:

Phase One

One spouse files a petition for divorce. The spouse who is personally served with that petition has 30 days to file a response. Regardless of how amicable or how conflicted a divorce may be, it is a legal process, and the response must be filed with the courts. As a skilled and experienced attorney, I take great care to make certain everything is filed properly and on time so you can proceed through the following phases.

Phase Two

While the divorce is pending, parents need to make important decisions about their children. Temporary orders are required to address issues of child custody and parenting time if the parents decide to live in different households. If the spouses are going to live in different households, the question of who will stay in the family home needs to be answered. Child support and spousal support will also need to be addressed, and finances will need to be stabilized.

This is also the disclosure phase. Each spouse is required by law to fully and voluntarily disclose all of their income, expenses, assets and debts. Everything must be laid out on the table so that it can be used as a springboard to reach a settlement.

Phase Three

All of the disputes are resolved. Temporary orders are replaced with permanent orders. Resolutions made by agreement are memorialized in a marital settlement agreement. A marital settlement agreement is the goal of collaborative practice, mediation and litigation. However, in litigation, if a settlement agreement cannot be reached between the parties, the case is set for a mandatory court supervised settlement conference and trial.

Contact A Skilled California Divorce Lawyer Today

These phases are only a brief overview of the divorce process in this state. If you have been served with a divorce petition or you are seeking to divorce your spouse, call me in Auburn at 530-377-5022 or toll free from any location at 866-679-7592. You may also send me a confidential email with your contact information.