There are few things that are more emotionally challenging than getting a divorce. And when children are involved, the situation becomes even more complicated. The termination of a marriage can impact you financially, emotionally and physically. You are faced with issues such as where to live, how will your income be affected and how often will your children be with you.
California is a “no-fault” state in which the dissolution of a marriage does not require a showing of wrongdoing by either party. The divorce process can be all encompassing where a person can ask the Court to issue orders pertaining to:
- Custody and visitation of the minor children of the marriage, if any
- Child support
- Spousal support
- Confirm or divide property and debts (separate and community)
A divorce begins when a person files a petition for dissolution of marriage. Once a divorce is filed, either party may ask the court to schedule temporary hearings to obtain custody of the children, child support, alimony, exclusive use of a home, the payment of debts, and request for attorney’s fees and costs, until permanent orders can be made. A permanent order is made only when the parties agree to a settlement or after a trial. These requests for a temporary order can increase the final cost of the divorce tremendously. In Divorce Mediation or Collaborative Divorce the professionals involved are always seeking to resolve each issue in a manner that results in a perminant and lasting agreement so that the “temporary” order is the final order.
It is important to have a clear understanding of the divorce laws if you are contemplating a divorce. The divorce process can be difficult and emotionally traumatic but you do not have to do it alone. We are here to help you every step of the way!