Divorce in California

Divorce is a common term used in every day conversation. The more accurate term for divorce in California is dissolution of marriage. California divorces can be broken down into three general categories: (1) Divorce, (2) Legal Separation, and (3) annulment.

How do I begin a California Divorce?

A California divorce begins with one of the spouses filing a Petition for Dissolution with the appropriate superior court. Dissolution of marriage is granted by a superior court judge by way of a Final Decree of Divorce. It is the judge signing the final judgment (not the filing of the petition with the superior court) that legally ends the marriage. In addition, the divorce decree orders how property and debts are to be divided. If children are involved the decree also spells out custody, visitation and child support.

What are the grounds for divorce in California?

There are two grounds for divorce in California irreconcilable differences and incurable insanity. However It is not necessary for both spouses or domestic partners to agree to end the marriage. Either spouse or partner can decide to end the marriage, and the other spouse/partner, even if he or she does not want to get a divorce, cannot stop the process by refusing to participate in the case. If a spouse or domestic partner does not participate in the divorce case, the other spouse/partner will still be able to get a “default” judgment and the divorce will go through.

However, the most common ground is irreconcilable differences. Irreconcilable differences is commonly known as “no fault” divorce and the ground used in uncontested divorce cases in California. By using the unsupportable ground the court does not need to assign blame to either spouse for the breakdown of the marriage.

How long does divorce take in California?

The divorce process will take at least 6 months from the date the person filing for divorce officially lets his or her spouse or domestic partner know about the divorce. The case can take longer. BUT it cannot be faster than the 6 months. This is a mandatory waiting period required by California law and no couple can be divorced faster than 6 months. You will be able to get all your paperwork turned in to the court and your divorce judgment approved, but the divorce itself will not be final until at least 6 months after starting the case.

What is the fastest way to dissolve a marriage in California?

An uncontested divorce is less complicated, least expensive and quickest way to legally end a marriage in California. With an uncontested divorce you and your spouse reach an agreement on the issues and terms of your divorce. This eliminates high legal costs and time delays in relying on the judge to make the decisions for you. An uncontested divorce agreement should determine how you and your spouse will divide your property, assets, debts, and if you have children, make determinations on how child support, child custody and visitation are to be handled. By reaching these agreements, you and your spouse can save thousands and even tens of thousands of dollars on legal costs compared to a traditional contested divorce where these matters are litigated before the court and the judge makes the decisions.

What’s special about California Divorce Online?

California divorce online is truly unique. This website allows you to begin your uncontested divorce process 100% online. Unlike other websites the services available through this website are provided by duly licensed and experienced California family law attorneys. This ensures you get professional, competent, and legally accurate assistance with your divorce case.

What does California Divorce Online provide?

Our service includes online access to our easy-to-use online interview. The online interview allows you to answer a series of simple questions which explains your personal situation, circumstances and agreements reached with your spouse. Once you submit your answers a case attorney reviews your responses then drafts all the case documents needed for your personal situation, circumstances. The case attorney drafts all the legal language necessary to reflect your agreements with the spouse. Some agreements couples come up with may not be legal or unlikely of being approved by a judge. In such cases, the case attorney will alert you. The case attorney can suggest alternative language that complies with California laws. By drafting the documents accurately you can ensure agreements will be accepted by the judge and that the judge will sign your judgment of divorce. The divorce documents you receive not only includes the petition for divorce but also the judgment of divorce as well as all the coversheets, forms and other documents required by your local superior court. By using California Divorce Online you are assured that you receive complete and legally accurate case documents that you can use to finalize (complete) your uncontested divorce case. This distinction is very important. All the non-attorney services you may see online use generic documents that may not be accepted by the judge as a final divorce decree.

Don’t be fooled.

The internet is filled with many companies looking to make a money by selling divorce documents. Carefully review any website and note that most all have the same service guarantee. You will discover that they only “guarantee” that the court will accept your initial documents (petition for divorce) needed to start your case in the court system. They DO NOT guarantee the legal accuracy of the judgment of divorce or related final documents required by the judge to finalize (complete) your divorce. Think about, the court staff (clerk) that accepts the petition needed to start your case only reviews the documents to the extent of ensuring you have all the basic documents needed to start your case with the court. The court clerks aren’t attorneys and can’t by law review your documents for legal accuracy. Therefore, when your judgment goes before the judge it is only then that you discover that your decree and related documents are insufficient to dissolve your marriage. When this occurs the judge may become irate. The judge’s are busy and usually will not fix your documents for you. As such you will have to prepare a new judgment of divorce that satisfies the judge before the judge will sign it. This common scenario will delay your case and delay you having your marriage dissolved.

Is there anything else I should consider?

Yes. In addition to complete, legally accurate case documents drafted by California lawyer specifically for your situation and circumstances the California Divorce Online case attorney also prepares detailed step-by-step instructions for you. You follow these instructions to finalize your divorce with your local superior court. Unlike company, non-attorney websites or paralegal services, California Divorce Online provides legal support. Non-attorneys are not allowed to answer your legal questions, coach you, or advise about the law or how it applies to your case. If done by a non-attorney this is known as the practice of law without a license and a crime in California. Think about it, it is similar to a non-doctor performing surgery without a medical degree and license. Most important to note, a non-attorney cannot draft legal language to customize your documents to reflect your agreements with your spouse. This act is also considered the unauthorized practice of law in California. Because of this unauthorized practice of law prohibition most non-attorneys and company sites provide no support whatsoever; they simply type your information into generic documents and leave the rest to you to figure out. They certainly aren’t there to support you when the judge is upset with you because your judgment is incomplete or inaccurate. We can summarize our service this way: our online attorneys are here to help you and answer your questions. We provide complete case documents, and accurate instructions specifically for your situation and local superior court.

What does it cost to use California Divorce Online?

Our service is superior and the price is less than most company, non-attorney websites and much less than other California family law attorneys. The total cost of our service is only $249. Payment plans are available. We are proud to offer our unique online attorney service at a lawyer-free price. See if you qualify to use California Divorce Online for your uncontested divorce in California.