We understand divorce can be an extremely overwhelming process to navigate on your own. Backed by decades of experience and specialized training in family law, a divorce attorney from our law firm can protect your assets and provide you with peace of mind. At Hatherley Law in Visalia, CA, we have certified family law specialists who have extensive experience in handling these delicate matters. We understand the complexities of involved in divorce and can guide you through the process. If you are considering filing for divorce, please contact our law firm to speak with a member of our legal team.
Grounds for Divorce in the State of California
The state of California is a no-fault state, which means that either party can file for divorce by citing irreconcilable differences. The behavior of either spouse does not affect asset division and property settlements. If children are involved, however, each parent’s behavior is taken into consideration when determining child custody and visitation schedules.
In no-fault divorces, either party can file for divorce by citing irreconcilable differences.
Settling vs. Litigation
Settling a divorce, also known as an uncontested divorce, is a more expedient and affordable process. It offers more control over the division of assets, child custody, and visitation. Litigation is a lengthier process that requires going to court and having a judge make the final decisions regarding all aspects of the divorce.
Brief Overview of the Divorce Process
All marital property and assets are subject to division in a divorce. Each party is obligated to give a detailed accounting of their holdings. A court may issue temporary orders for child or spousal support, custody arrangements, and visitation schedules.
If there are certain issues the parties cannot agree upon, they can resolve those issues through mediation. In the event that they cannot reach an agreement, they must go to court. A judge can rule on just one or two items or every aspect of the divorce. Uncontested divorces can be resolved in as little as six months. Divorces that go to trial can take much longer.
Unfortunately, when child support and custody are involved, parents often struggle to reach an agreement outside of court. Judges make careful decisions regarding these matters. Although most courts prefer to provide parents with joint custody, as that is most beneficial to the children, they will make a decision based on each parent’s behavior and involvement.
Choose the Divorce Attorneys at Hatherley Law
At Hatherley Law, all of our attorneys are also certified family law specialists. They specialize in the dissolution of marriage and those matters involved in the divorce process, including child custody and support. They will work diligently on your behalf to protect your best interests throughout the divorce process.
Talk With a Certified Family Law Specialist Today
Whether you are considering filing for divorce or you have already done so, make sure you have an experienced divorce attorney on your side. Contact Hatherley Law today to schedule a consultation.