An Experienced Santa Ana Family Law Attorney
Family law controversies are rarely simple, and almost always emotionally charged. Such matters are best left to the care of a trusted Santa Ana family law firm. At the Law Offices of James P. Cronn, we know how important it is to obtain a favorable outcome in your family law dispute, so we handle your case with the care and attention it deserves. Every aspect of your case is handled personally by founder James P. Cronn from your very first consultation. Our office has helped clients resolve their family law matters for 15 years.
Divorce Process in California
When you find yourself in California family court for the first time, it is easy to feel overwhelmed—family law matters are complicated and the stakes are high. Seeking legal help from experienced family law lawyers brings a great deal of clarity to your legal matter. We have represented clients in California family court since 1997, so we understand your uncertainty. For your convenience, we have provided a list of some of our most frequently asked questions below.
- How long will my divorce take? At a minimum, your divorce will take six months. California law provides for a mandatory six month waiting period that begins when your spouse is served with notice of your petition for divorce. Contested divorces typically last longer than six months.
- How much will my divorce cost? The cost of your divorce depends on a number of factors. A short marriage with no children and few debts and assets typically costs less than a longer marriage with children and greater debts and assets. Likewise, an uncontested divorce is usually less expensive than one which is contested. However your divorce is presented, we offer professional legal representation at an affordable cost.
- What is the divorce process? The divorce process begins when a spouse files a petition for divorce. Once filed, the other spouse has 30 days to respond. The divorce will proceed with or without the other spouse depending on whether they respond in time. If the spouse does respond, the parties begin a rigorous pre-trial process that involves discovery of each other’s property and income. Before trial, most couples participate in a Mandatory Settlement Conference. If they can agree on the terms of their marriage dissolution, a Marital Settlement Agreement is drafted and completed, and the divorce becomes final. If not, the divorce proceeds to trial where the court will rule on all outstanding issues.
- How is legal separation different from divorce? For all intents and purposes, legal separation and divorce are nearly the same. In both cases couples can ask the court for orders regarding child custody and support, alimony, and property division. The main difference is that a divorce officially ends a marriage, whereas legal separation does not. Legally separated couples are still married and cannot remarry unless later divorced.
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Contact the Law Offices of James P. Cronn for more information and a free consultation about your own divorce.