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Divorce Process in California

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When starting the divorce process, it’s important that you have a firm understanding of what it entails. If you’re contemplating divorce or have just been handed divorce papers, it’s imperative that you retain representation from Cage & Miles. Our priority is to discuss every aspect of your divorce to ensure that you are empowered to make the best possible decision for your future.

At Cage & Miles, we take the time to talk about your goals and your family’s needs. We are backed by years of experience helping clients handle even the most complex divorce cases and we devote our time and energy to providing the service and counsel you need and deserve.

We’re more than just a family law firm. Call Cage & Miles today at (858) 943-2060 to learn how we can help.

Steps in the California Divorce Process

When it comes to divorce, California is a “no-fault” state, which means that spouses do not need to have grounds for divorce. When filing for divorce, you can cite “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for terminating the marriage. Under “no-fault” divorce laws, one spouse can end the marriage, even if the other does not.

Our firm can assist in the following steps of the divorce process:

  • Filing and serving the divorce petition. In the petition, you will need to include all information about your children, grounds for filing, child support, spousal support, and details about your assets. The petition must be filled out accurately and include all the necessary details.
  • Requesting temporary court orders for child custody, visitation, and/or support. You will need to attend a hearing where a judge will decide whether temporary orders should be issued.
  • Exchanging information and documents that are relevant to your divorce - also known as the discovery process. During this phase, the attorneys for each party will investigate and review all the divorce documents. Sometimes, expert witnesses may be brought in to help with the discovery, including specialists such as forensic accountants, appraisers, vocational examiners, etc.
  • Settlement negotiations or trial. Most couples will negotiate a divorce settlement or attend mediation to work out their disputes. If an agreement cannot be reached through these options, then parties will likely proceed to a trial.

In California, there is a mandatory 6-month waiting period before a judge can approve a divorce. If you have reached a settlement relatively quickly in your divorce, your divorce will not be final until this waiting period is over. The waiting period begins the day your divorce petition is served.

Moving Forward in Difficult Times

Our San Diego divorce lawyers understand the stress and anxiety associated with the divorce process. Our goal is to provide you with the best possible legal representation to help you put your best foot forward during divorce proceedings. As our client, you can trust that we possess the experience, depth, and knowledge necessary to successfully handle such sensitive issues.

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