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The end of a marriage is a life-changing event, no doubt about it. It can bring any of a number of complexities and may leave one facing an entirely uncertain future. However, it can also bring with it hope and much-needed change. Our goal is to provide the type and level of legal counsel that can make a divorce or separation as beneficial as it can be.

Issues to Resolve in a Divorce

Some people enter a divorce or separation under the assumption that it will be relatively simple, only to find there are numerous issues that must be resolved. These are emotionally charged and often impact one’s finances, introducing a number of complexities that must be addressed properly to avoid future problems.

Our divorce attorneys are here to provide tailored counsel related to any of the issues that must be resolved in a divorce, separation, or domestic partnership dissolution:

  • Dividing assets, property, and debt
  • Child custody
  • Child support
  • Spousal support

Your ability to reach agreements regarding these issues may influence whether you will go through a contested divorce or uncontested divorce. When evaluating your options, it is critical to work with an attorney who will protect your interests to the fullest extent. This will help you start a new life where you have received your fair share of assets, are not overwhelmed with debt, and can spend time with your children.

California Grounds for Divorce

California, along with several other states, is a pure no-fault divorce state. This means that the state does not consider the faults of either spouse when making judgments regarding divorce or the various terms of divorce such as custody, support, property division, etc.

Since California is exclusively a no-fault divorce state, it only requires that a spouse state that the marriage is “irretrievably broken”, and that there is no chance the couple can repair it. This ground alone is sufficient to justify divorce in California’s courts.

One additional ground for divorce that is available in California is “mental illness”. However, this method can be a much more complicated process since it requires a burden of proof. As a result, no-fault divorces are the most common in California.

California Divorce FAQs

What are the residency requirements for divorce in California?

For a couple to file for divorce in California, at least one of the spouses must be a state resident for 6 months or more. The spouse must also be a resident in the county where the divorce is going to be filed for 3 months or more before filing.

Is there a waiting period for divorce in California?

Yes, California has a waiting period of 6 months between the initial filing for divorce and the time the divorce decree can officially terminate the marriage.

Experienced Divorce & Separation Counsel

From the time you contact the Law Offices of J. Christian Conrad APC for an initial consultation, we will do our best to gain a clear understanding of your specific situation so we can give an honest assessment of the possible outcome of your divorce or separation. Our Orange County divorce attorneys will look at your immediate priorities and quickly file any necessary pleadings to get things started. This may include:

  • Request for exclusive possession of the marital home
  • Request for or opposition to spousal support
  • Request for custody of your child or children

From there, we will work to understand and protect your long-term interests. When you work with an Orange County divorce lawyer at our firm, you can also rest assured that we will keep you informed as your case progresses so you know what to expect every step of the way.