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Deciding to move forward with a divorce is not only an emotionally complex decision to make for yourself and for your family, but it is also a legally binding one. Once a divorce proceeding begins, you and your spouse will need to make difficult decisions regarding your family, your children, your property, your assets, and everything else in between. Due to the highly sensitive issues as well as the high-stakes nature of these types of cases, it is not usually advised that you attempt to resolve the issues on your own.

  • Working with our attorneys means you can expect the following:
  • Legal expertise from a Bar Certified Family Law Specialist and Certified Mediator
  • Assistance with preparing division of retirement (we are one of the few law firms that can do this)
  • Representation experienced in dealing with litigants with personality disorders like Borderline Personality Disorder and Narcissistic Personality Disorder
  • Legal counsel from an attorney who specializes in high conflict divorce and family law matters
  • Cost-conscious solutions and low-cost 30-minute initial divorce consultations
  • Over 25 years of combined legal experience in various levels of court and mediation handling Placer County divorce

Do I Need a Lawyer to File for Divorce in Placer County?

When the time comes to end your marriage, you may be asking whether you need an attorney to file for divorce. While it is completely possible to file without legal counsel, it is highly recommended to speak with an attorney first.

  • The reasons may vary, but the laws surrounding issues pertaining to divorce are complex.
  • An experienced lawyer can guide you through matters such as custody, support, and asset division.
  • Unless you and your spouse agree to everything, then these issues can become messy without proper guidance.

Even if you were to file for an uncontested divorce, consulting with an attorney will help your interests remain protected. A lawyer can also ensure that the information on any document you fill out is not overlooked.

If your spouse decides to hire an attorney, it is best to retain the services of your own so that you are not battling a legal expert without proper knowledge. Lastly, if there is a fear of domestic violence that will ensue following the divorce, a lawyer can help protect you by obtaining a protective order.

How Myers Family Law Can Help

At our firm, our attorneys have years of experience and can help with all types of divorce in California. With the help of a skilled lawyer, you may be able to get through the process more quickly and efficiently. Working with a lawyer can also help ensure that your goals and needs are met. Our firm handles divorce cases such as the ones listed below. Continue reading below to learn more about the divorce process in California, particularly uncontested and contested divorce in California.

What Are the Requirements to Divorce in California?

In California, you can file for divorce without needing to prove the other spouse was at-fault. This is known as a “no-fault divorce. The only reason you would need to provide is that there are “irreconcilable differences” between the two of you. Furthermore, you would need to state that there is absolutely no chance that you and your spouse can reconcile and live together as a married couple.

Fault can be considered in some cases, such as deciding on child custody, child support, or alimony. An “at-fault” spouse may be one who has had a history of habitual drunkenness or cruelty to the point where it was no longer tolerable for you. That spouse may not be able to receive an ideal custody arrangement or alimony settlement.

Finally, there is a minimum residency requirement. You or your spouse must have been California residents for at least six months. You should also be a resident in the county where you are filing for divorce for at least three months before the judge can grant the divorce. If you have any questions about the requirements for divorce, please contact us. We serve clients throughout Placer County, as well as Sacramento County and El Dorado County.

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Types of Divorce in California

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California recognizes two forms of divorce: contested and uncontested divorce. In its simplest definition, an uncontested divorce refers to a divorce where both parties agree and have come to mutual agreements regarding all aspects. This can include things like child visitation rights, property division arrangements, alimony, and other issues relating to the dissolved marriage.

A contested divorce, on the other hand, refers to a divorce proceeding where one or both divorcing parties are cannot come to a mutual agreement regarding the divorce and its related issues. Although the couple will have a chance to work things out by way of mediation or negotiation, the family court will most likely intervene and litigation will be needed to resolve the issues at hand. Once a resolution has been made, the court will order a final divorce decree.

Our Specialized Legal Knowledge Works to Your Advantage

We understand that a divorce can be incredibly tough on every member of the family. Our firm is uniquely positioned to help you reach an outcome in the most amicable and cost-effective manner possible. Our firm is made up of a Bar Certified Family Law Specialist and a Certified Mediator, which means we possess the training and qualifications needed to help you through all types of matters.

Call (916) 634-0067 for a consultation. Additionally, we proudly serve Sacramento County, El Dorado County, and beyond.