Laguna Woods Divorce Attorney
Depend on Our Knowledgeable Family Law Attorney
Going through a divorce is one of the most significant challenges one could
ever face. If you and your spouse have decided it is time to go your separate
ways and wish to end your marriage, reach out to the Law Offices of Steven
Giammichele. Our Laguna Woods divorce lawyer is here to help you pursue
a fair settlement.
(949) 303-7811 or
contact us online to schedule a free consultation.
Residency Requirements for Divorce in California
Although some states require that certain grounds be met before a divorce
can be filed for, California is a no-fault divorce state. This means that
neither spouse needs to prove that the other spouse committed some type
of wrongdoing. In addition, one party may file for divorce even if the
other party does not want a divorce.
However, prior to filing for divorce in California, you will need to meet
a residency requirement. There are two main requirements pertaining to
- At least one spouse must have been a resident of California for a minimum
of six months before filing for divorce
- At least one spouse must have lived for three months in the county where
the couple files for divorce
Contested Divorce Vs. Uncontested Divorce
In California, there are two main types of divorce:
Contested divorce – There are many issues that must be resolved in a California divorce.
Some of the most common include
child support, and
spousal support. When an agreement cannot be reached on one or more of these divorce-related
issues, the divorce is considered contested. The divorce proceedings will
then need to include a trial before a judge in the
family law court. The judge will make a decision on the contested issues and issue a decree
that will be binding on each party the moment the divorce is finalized.
This type of divorce is often very time consuming and costly.
Uncontested divorce – The divorce process can be simplified if your divorce is uncontested.
An uncontested divorce means that both parties can agree on all the terms
of their divorce. The couple will still need to draft an agreement and
submit it to the court for final approval, but they will not need to appear
before a judge. This type of divorce enables the spouses to remain in
control of the decisions made during the divorce. It will also allow for
the divorce to be completed in a faster, more cost-efficient manner.