Divorce Attorneys in Ventura County
Providing Divorce Services to Residents of Ventura & the Surrounding Areas
In California, a divorce, is the legal process of ending a marriage. It is important to know that California is a no-fault divorce state, meaning that the state does not need either party to submit a reason for choosing to end the marital relationship.
At Morgan Law Firm, our divorce lawyers in Ventura County can provide you with skilled legal services and guidance concerning this action. We are well-versed in all aspects of divorce and can seek a positive outcome to your case.
How to File for a Divorce in California?
To file for a divorce, one party must have lived in California for the past six months and in the county in which you file for three months. A divorce does not require consent of the other spouse. The court will not force someone to stay married to another person they no longer want to be married to. Additionally, neither party is required to give the judge a reason for the divorce.
The length of a divorce case depends on several factors:
- The number of issues that need to be resolved; and
- The level of cooperation of the parties.
For example, a six-month marriage with no property and agreeable parties will take less time to resolve than a twenty-year marriage with a home and retirement plans and disagreeing parties.
Contested vs. Uncontested Divorce
In an uncontested divorce, the couple agrees on all issues—child custody, visitation, child support, property, division, and spousal support. Whether these issues are initially contested, and the couple is able to resolve them outside of court or they never are points of contention in the first place, such divorces are considered uncontested. The spouses’ attorneys draft a Marital Settlement Agreement or Stipulation for Judgment, which the couple signs and submits to the court.
A case is contested when a couple is unable to resolve one or more issues through divorce mediation, collaborative law, or a negotiated settlement. Contested cases are heard in California Family Court by a judge. California is a no-fault divorce state and grounds for divorce are based either on grounds of irreconcilable differences or incurable insanity.
Divorce Mediation & Collaborative Divorce
Divorce mediation is a type of alternative dispute resolution where a neutral third party, called a mediator, helps spouses negotiate the terms of their divorce. A mediator facilitates discussion but may not advise. While the method is not the same as collaborative divorce, couples enjoy similar advantages.
Collaborative divorce is a relatively new alternative to litigated divorce. It is a non-adversarial process that uses a team approach to help couples reach agreements about contested issues. During informal sessions, each spouse’s lawyer assists with negotiations and—as appropriate—other professionals such as financial consultants, tax advisors, or marriage counselors may offer constructive solutions to solve problems.
The advantages of collaborative divorce include:
- Less expense
- More timely resolution
- Less stressful for children
Skilled & Compassionate Divorce Attorneys in Ventura County
At Morgan Law Firm, our legal team offers a variety of marriage dissolution actions to our clients. If you are not sure which would be best for your situation, we can help you determine this course of action based on your circumstances and our exceptional knowledge of the law.
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