Divorce Lawyer in San Diego County
A divorce can be one of the most emotional and difficult events to go through. There are many issues that can arise during a divorce, especially if children are involved. A team of experienced and compassionate attorneys can help guide you through the stressful process from beginning to end. The family law attorneys at Garmo and Garmo, LLP will protect what matters most to our clients while providing fair results for the issues that arise during their divorce.
What is the process of a divorce in California?
First, either spouse must file a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, to initiate the process. This Petition must then be served and answered by the other spouse within 30 days. Following this, either party can file a Request for Order, requesting that the Judge make temporary child custody and support orders while the divorce is processed and completed. Requests for Restraining Orders can also be made at this time.
Next is the discovery stage where the parties are required to exchange documents and information regarding income, expenses, assets and debts. This is where having an attorney is critical and can make a significant difference. Calculating income, expenses, assets, and debts can have a significant impact on child/spousal support as well as on each spouse’s community property interest in the couples assets and debts.
If there are children in the marriage, the couple must attend a Family Court Services Mediation before a court appointed mediator who will then issue a recommendation to the court. If you and your spouse have not resolved the issues of your marriage during mediation, the matter will proceed to trial before a family law judge who will make the final determination as to any disputes.
Following this decision, you will be given a court order terminating the married status, finalizing the divorce, and all of the issues that may have came up. The more the spouses are able to agree on, the less they leave up to the judge to decide for them.
For more information regarding any Divorce issues, please call us at 619-441-2500 for a free consultation today!