A total of 689,308 couples divorced across the U.S. in 2021. During that same year, 1,985,072 marriages took place, making the U.S. marriage rate 6 per 1,000 people. Far more people get married each year than get divorced. But the famous statistics that half of all marriages end in divorce are unfortunately true. Even more alarming is that second and third marriages fail at a higher rate.
Each divorce, just like each marriage, is different and unique. While one may dissolve quickly without any issues, another may be complicated and drawn out. If you and your spouse are planning to file for divorce, it is best to hire an experienced Fresno divorce attorney to guide you through the process and ensure your legal rights are protected.
Getting a Divorce in California
A California divorce is commenced by starting a court case. Neither you nor your spouse have to prove either of you did something wrong to cause you to lead to filing for divorce. This is called a no fault divorce. You can even file for divorce if your spouse does not want one.
You can divorce to end a marriage or a domestic partnership. A legal separation involves a different process, although very similar.
Filing for Divorce in California
To file for divorce in California, either you or your spouse must have lived in the state for the at least 6 months prior to the filing date. Additionally, either of you must have also lived in the county where you are specifically filing your divorce for at least 3 months prior to the filing.
Once you have filed the forms with the court and paid the applicable fee, you will then have to have the papers served on your spouse. Serving court documents is the official legal way to let your spouse know you started the divorce process.
Finishing Your Divorce
Depending on the complexity of your divorce, it will officially come to an end once you have tied up loose ends, including:
• Share financial information with your spouse
• Make an agreement about how to split your property, take care of your children, and provide spousal support. If you and your spouse cannot agree on these terms, the court can decide for you.
• File your final paperwork with the court to finalize the divorce.
California law states mandates a 6-month waiting period, which means that divorces can’t be final for at least 6 months.
Even the most simple of divorces will benefit from the help of a Fresno divorce attorney. With an attorney handling the divorce proceedings, you can be confident that the process will run smooth without any hiccups.
Call an Experienced Fresno Divorce Attorney
If you are in the process of getting a divorce or plan on initiating one, it is important that you have a knowledgeable attorney fighting for your rights. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with a Fresno divorce attorney, please call Gurjit Srai (209) 323-5558 or complete our online form.