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Divorce: How to get it done

Every year, numerous couples in California choose to end their relationships and move on to bigger and better things. If you are among that group this year, you probably have a number of questions about the divorce process and how to best go about it. The good thing about the divorce process is that there is more than one way to get it done.

What are my divorce options? How do I get the process started? Will I have to go to court? How long can I expect the whole process to take? All of these are great questions with both basic and complex answers.

Getting started, options and going to court

All divorces start with filing an official petition for marriage dissolution. Once you file this document, you can then go about setting up temporary custody and support arrangements to tide your family over until a final divorce decree is issued. After filing a divorce petition, there are several ways in which to go about the divorce process. You can choose to try to negotiate the terms of your divorce with the assistance of legal counsel or through the mediation process, or you can choose to go to court.

Mediation is preferred, but it is not always a viable option for every couple. Going to court is generally only necessary if both parties cannot agree on all or certain aspects of the divorce settlement. In the beginning, you may not think your case will end up in court, but you never know. Having an attorney who is an experienced litigator on your side is wise just in case your case does end up in court.


Every divorce case is different. You may reach terms relatively quickly, or you may end up in negotiations that drag on for months or even years. Once you've reached agreeable terms, the state of California requires a six month waiting period before granting a divorce. There is no way around the waiting period requirement.

Help along the way

Whether you are going through a contested or uncontested divorce, it is not something you have to try and figure out on your own. You can have help along the way. Legal counsel can assist you with your initial filing and negotiation of terms. With assistance, you can finalize the matter as quickly as possible all while achieving fair and balanced divorce terms.

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