Are you thinking about getting divorced? If so, you probably have plenty of questions. Thankfully, Kendall Gkikas & Mitchell, LLP are here to help!
Is divorce my only option?
No, there are other ways to end a marriage or domestic partnership aside from divorce. These include legal separation, annulment, and summary dissolution. A legal separation does not legally end a marriage but is when two spouses live apart and have court orders regarding child custody and support, and spousal support. An annulment is used to terminate a marriage that was not truly legal to begin with. This can be done in cases of incest, force, fraud, or if someone was under the age of 18. A summary dissolution is merely a simpler a divorce proceeding for those who have been married for less than 5 years with no children and few debts/assets.
How quickly can I get a divorce in California?
In California, the minimum wait time for a divorce is six months from the tie that they Summons and Petition are filed with the court. Though six months is the minimum and typically a good timeline for cases where both parties are in agreement, many marriages can take longer than this to have a divorce granted.
Who pays for a divorce?
In California, initially, the person who files for the divorce will pay the court fees. Each party is then usually responsible for their own legal fees. However, if one individual does not earn enough to pay their own legal fees or joint assets are not available, in some cases the court can order the other spouse to cover legal fees for both parties.
Are there things that I should/shouldn’t do during the divorce process?
Yes, there are things that you should not say or do during the divorce process. First, you should always be upfront about assets and debts, to avoid legal ramifications. Second, you should be careful what you say and post on social media. Do not post images of yourself doing drugs or drinking alcohol or post anything bashing your ex. Also, try and be as civil as possible, in addition to always being honest with your attorney so they can adequately represent you.
For help getting divorced in California, contact Kendall Gkikas & Mitchell, LLP today!
If you have more questions about getting divorced in California or want to consult with a divorce attorney, contact Kendall Gkikas & Mitchell, LLP today. We provide family law services and will fight tirelessly to ensure that you are adequately represented. Give us a call today at 909-482-1422 to request a consultation.
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