Do not let the fear and uncertainty of a pending divorce affect the decisions you make. A compassionate and aggressive divorce lawyer can be your best advocate in getting you through a highly emotionally and legally complex process. Whether your divorce case is resolved through mediation or litigation, our firm will be at your side every step of the way.
Attorneys Providing Personalized Advocacy
The first step toward resolving your case and protecting your legal rights is an initial consultation. During that meeting, our attorneys will educate you on the entire divorce process so you know what you are facing, as well as the obstacles you may need to overcome to obtain the best result. We will identify your specific needs and goals and communicate what you can expect. Being well-informed helps reduce the level of stress you are enduring when it involves the following:
- Child custody
- Child and spousal support
- Third-party parental rights
- Complex property division
- Domestic violence
No divorce is too complex for us. Our team at Hart Ginney LLP has fresh legal perspectives, individual areas of specialty, and a commitment to examining your family law matter from every angle. Our approach allows us to be prepared for potential eventualities and to resolve those potentialities quickly and efficiently.
As active participants in your case, we will work with you to protect your financial interests and parental rights. We will maintain constant contact in updating you on the status of your case and you can have the peace of mind that we will handle all of the legal heavy lifting while you focus on rebuilding your life.
In California, the first step in a divorce is the filing of a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage and a Summons – two separate documents. Both documents are filed with the Superior Court in the county where you have lived for the last 6 months. When the Petition and Summons are filed, a case number is assigned. Both filed documents are then served on the other spouse.
Under California law, you cannot be divorced until 6 months after the filed Petition is served on the spouse who did not file the Petition.
A divorce is final when a Judgment is entered. A Judgment is entered when the Judgment is signed by the judge and filed by the court. The Judgment formalizes any agreements you and your spouse have made regarding the division of assets and debts, child support, child custody, and spousal support. The Judgment also restores your status as a single person, which means you can remarry, and file taxes as “single”.