Filing for Divorce in Placer County?
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No one enters into marriage thinking that the relationship will end. However, it happens far more often than most people would think. Dissolution of marriage, more commonly known as a divorce, terminates the spouses’ marriage and resolves all issues between the parties.
Divorce involves a number of factors, including:
There are only two legal grounds in which the California courts will grant a dissolution of marriage. The first is permanent legal incapacity to make decisions, which must be proven. The more common grounds for dissolution is that there are irreconcilable differences between the parties and the marriage cannot be saved.
Requirements for Filing for Divorce in Placer County
In order to file for dissolution in California, at least one of the parties must reside in the state of California for at least six months immediately prior to filing. You then are permitted to file for dissolution in the county in which you have lived for the previous three months – in your case, likely Placer County.
Filing for dissolution is simply the first step. Often, mediation can be a good choice to resolve any issues that arise during this process. It takes a minimum of six months and one day from the date that you or your spouse is served with the summons and petition to the time the court can grant a judgment of dissolution. The attorneys at Cecil Cianci Law, PC are here to assist you through every stage of the process.
Helping Clients Pursue Successful Divorce Results
You may have many people who help you build success in your life—a financial planner, a business attorney, a coach, or a network of professional colleagues, for example. These individuals are integral to your personal and professional success. They guide you during decision-making times, they are your sounding board at business meetings, and sometimes you even learn from their mistakes.
As you begin the divorce process, our team at Cecil Cianci Law, PC can be brought into your network as trusted advisers to help you arrive at a successful divorce settlement agreement. We can alleviate many of your worries and take on your legal problems, allowing you to continue focusing on your professional career and your family.
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Divorce can be a complex legal process, especially if you and your spouse have substantial differences regarding what you want out of the divorce or if one spouse is not being forthcoming regarding income or assets.
The end goal of divorce is a settlement agreement or judgment resolving issues such as:
- The division of community property
- Spousal support (alimony)
- Child custody and visitation
- Child support
While the divorce is pending, issues such as child custody, child support, and spousal support can be dealt with almost immediately through temporary court orders (called pendente lite) and various agreements. From the date of separation and continuing on through the divorce process, the spouses have certain fiduciary duties, or financial obligations, to disclose the valuation of assets, debts, and investment opportunities.
Where Do I File for Divorce in Placer County?
To file for divorce in Placer County, you will need to go to the Placer County Superior Court:
10820 Justice Center Drive,
Roseville, CA 95678
You can obtain all the necessary divorce forms on the Placer County Superior Court's family court page, or pick up a divorce packet from the court clerk. You will then return to the courthouse to pay the filing fee and file your divorce papers.
How Long Will My Divorce Take?
The amount of time the divorce process takes depends on the specific circumstances of each divorce, including the goals of the parties involved. It is also highly dependent on the court calendar. Issues such as complex property division, including the valuation of investments and professional practices, can affect the duration of the case.
At our law firm, we are highly familiar with the California divorce process and can work diligently to identify and counsel you on potential challenges while effectively pursuing your goals.
How Long Do I Have to Serve My Divorce Papers?
In California, you must serve your divorce papers to the other party within 60 days of filing your Petition for Dissolution with the court. This must be accomplished either someone who is 18 or older and not involved in your divorce case – often a friend, family member, county sheriff, or professional process server.
Assessing Uncontested Divorce Circumstances
You may believe that you do not need the assistance of an attorney if you and your spouse have agreed on the terms of your divorce. However, while some uncontested divorces are relatively straightforward, others are quite complicated, and there can also be serious consequences for failing to follow the correct procedures.
Aggressive Pursuit of Your Family Law Goals
If you have any questions about whether your divorce would benefit from the involvement of a lawyer as a mediator or otherwise, we would be happy to provide you with honest advice about your options.