Family and Divorce Law Lawyers in Long Beach, CA
Divorce (also known as dissolution of marriage) is the formal, legal ending of a marriage by the court. A divorce ends your legal relationship as a spouse. People are going through a divorce experience one of the most challenging times in their lives. Emotions are high, and life as they knew it would never be the same again. Our offices try to effectuate divorce proceedings by minimizing stress and conflict as best as possible.
The Divorce Attorney Process in Long Beach, California
To commence a divorce, one spouse (Petitioner) must file a summons and petition for dissolution of marriage with the court. If children are involved, there are additional documents that must be filed. In order to file for a Divorce in California, one party must have been a Resident of the State of California for at least six months and have resided in the county for at least three months. The dissolution papers also ask if the Petitioner is seeking custody, child support, spousal support, or property distribution. Once all of the relative dissolution documents have been filed with the court, the Petitioner must serve the other party.
Once the petition is filed, it must be legally served on the other spouse. The other spouse will have the opportunity to respond and state whether he or she agrees or disagrees with the dissolution papers. Once the other spouse has been served, he or she has 30 days to respond. The responding spouse now becomes the Respondent. The other spouse (Respondent) must file the responding documents with the court and serve a copy on the other party.
The parties will then have to provide financial disclosures to each other, detailing all of their assets and debts. These financial disclosures will also be filed with the court. These documents may be used as a foundation to structure a fair settlement. However, if the case doesn't settle, it will proceed to trial. It may take a case many months to get to trial. When it does, each party will have the opportunity to produce evidence and testimony regarding the issues being decided. You will need a good attorney to help you through this process. We at the Fizer Law Firm are ready to help you with all your legal needs.
California is a no-fault state. Therefore, neither party has to state who's at fault in the divorce as it will be based upon irreconcilable differences. California is also a community property state. That means that everything acquired after marriage is subject to equal division at the time of divorce.
Divorce may entail the division of property, custody and visitation of your children, child, and spousal support, and other sensitive matters. Divorce proceedings can be difficult, stressful, and painful for the parties and more so for any children involved. When you are going through a divorce, you need a sensitive yet aggressive attorney to fight for your rights. The attorneys at our firm handle cases patiently, calmly, and strongly. Fizer Law Firm can help you deal with your divorce and family law needs.