Divorce filing can be an emotionally and financially draining experience. In addition to all the issues involved in dividing your property, you may also need to worry about childcare, living arrangements, and the difficulties of starting over.
But there is a simpler, less-complicated, and cost-effective way to handle your divorce without a lawyer. If you and your spouse are on friendly terms, or can at least negotiate how to split up your property and handle issues related to your children, then you can pursue an “uncontested divorce.”
Uncontested divorce agreements are the least expensive way to dissolve your marriage . This can enable you to quickly get back on your feet and to put that money towards your new life. Uncontested divorces are also more private, lowering your stress levels and helping both of you move on.
Prices may vary depending on your situation, but they will be a fraction of what you would be forced to spend on a divorce lawyer.
In fact, most of our clients never even have to go to court at all! We will complete all of the necessary steps in your case, and we get the great majority of cases settled before the six months and one day waiting period has passed.
We will fill out the following forms:
A legal separation allows a couple to live separately but remain married. During a period of legal separation, neither spouse may remarry or enter a domestic partnership. The procedure for legal separation in California is very similar to that of divorce.
If you cannot come to agreements regarding the custody and visitation of your children, you will be required to go through a court-ordered mediation. We can prepare the paperwork for that process.
If you are in agreement about custody and visitation we can prepare the paperwork to get a court order or modify an existing one.
We can assist with the preparation of documents to request spousal support, or to modify an existing order.
A payment that a noncustodial parent makes as a contribution to the costs of raising her or his child. The child support is based on the parent’s income, the amount of time a child spends with that parent, and the calculation is derived from a computer program called a disso-master.
A domestic partnership is established in California when both persons file a Declaration of Domestic Partnership with the Secretary of State, and at the time of filing, all of the following requirements are met:
The adopting person and the person to be adopted may file in the Superior Court a petition for approval of the agreement of adoption by the issuance of a decree of adoption.
At the hearing, the court shall examine the parties. If the court is satisfied that the adoption will be for the best interests of the parties and in the public interest and that there is no reason why the petition should not be granted, the court shall approve the agreement of adoption, and enter a decree of adoption declaring that the person adopted is the child of the person adopting him.
Legal guardianship is a status that allows a person, such as a grandparent, to care for a minor child and make decisions on her behalf. The laws governing guardianships vary between states, but in most jurisdictions, you need a file a petition with the court to obtain legal guardianship of your minor grandchild.
If the other parent of your child failed to be involved in your child’s life either through lack of visitation or financial support? Or maybe the parents of the child you have been caring for have not exercised their parental rights for more than six (6) months. If one of the parents has abandoned their child, we can help you terminate their rights.
A change of orders, also known as a notice of motion, is a request submitted to the court that asks for a change or modification to be made to an existing court order. In cases of divorce, for instance, a notice of motion will often be filed by a parent or guardian seeking to change the terms of child support, child custody, or visitation rights. A notice of motion may also be filed to ask the court to change the terms of spousal support or to set aside a default judgment.
When you file a notice of motion, you will need to inform the court why you want to change an existing order. The court will also want to know how your circumstances have changed since the initial order was granted. Therefore, you will have to provide the court with a declaration that explains and supports your request. In most cases, you do not need to hire an attorney for this.