We get married with the belief that we will cooperate and agree with our spouse. The unfortunate truth is that disagreements do arise and that such disputes can result in the end of a marriage. These disputes can carry into the legal process and necessitate a contested divorce. If you are going through such a situation then it is important to understand that you are entering a new phase of your life. You want to begin this next step in as good a position as possible. Our Orange County contested divorce attorneys assist with such matters in Anaheim, Santa Ana, and elsewhere. Contact our office today to speak with a lawyer.
Contested divorce lawyers assisting those in Anaheim, Santa Ana, and elsewhere in Orange County
One may file for a California divorce if either of the parties have lived in the state for at least six months. Ours is a “no fault” divorce state; it is not necessary to prove that either spouse was “wrong.” The Court will grant a marriage dissolution on the broad grounds of irreconcilable differences. If the parties are in complete agreement on all issues then their divorce may be completed as an uncontested divorce. Most cases, however, involve some sort of disagreement. Any such disagreement means that the parties will have to go through the contested process instead.
A contested divorce begins with one spouse filing a Petition stating the reason for the marriage dissolution and what it is they want from the outcome. The other side will file a response and each party will be required to disclose financial information to the Court. An early hearing will typically be held at which the Judge will issue an order determining temporary child custody, child support, possession of particular marital property, and spousal support. Each spouse will be given a chance to use discovery (the process by which information is gained from the other side) to build a case as to why they should be awarded the custody, property, and support levels which they have requested. The matter will culminate at a bench trial where a Judge, not a Jury, will make a final ruling on all issues. Hiring an attorney to assist with the matter can improve your chances of gaining the outcome you desire.
Our Orange County lawyers handle contested cases on behalf of local residents. We will use your initial consultation to give you an honest assessment of the case, to help you understand the likely outcomes, and to explain what it is you should expect from the process. We will quickly file your initial Petition and any necessary Motions with the Court. These may include requests for temporary support and, in extreme cases, requests for a restraining order. We will aggressively use discovery to establish proof of your spouse’s earning potential, their fitness to parent, as well as other information showing that you should be able to begin the next chapter of your life in a good place. Our firm will take steps to prepare you for trial and ensure that you are protected throughout the process. This is a serious time in your life and we are ready to assist you. Contact us today.
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Divorce lawyers providing quality representation to Orange County, California residents
Our lawyers understand that few things are as stressful as a divorce. This stress does not need to be compounded by having counsel who does not return phone calls or keep you informed. We respond to all communications within twenty-four hours, if not the same day. Our firm ensures that you are copied on pleadings, on correspondence, and that you know what to expect as the process moves forward. We pride ourselves on the service we have provided to clients and we strive to do so in each and every case.