divorce proceedings

Making the decision to pursue a divorce can be an emotional rollercoaster. What’s worse is that the process can seem like a complete mystery when you’re first starting out. If you’re not sure what to expect, navigating your divorce can easily become overwhelming. While your Valencia family law attorney will be able to help you through each step, it’s still a good idea to familiarize yourself with the process before you start legally pursuing a divorce. Here’s what you can expect the process to look like.

You Need to File a Petition for Divorce

After you decide it’s time to get a divorce, you’ll need to submit a formal petition with the court. This petition should demonstrate that you meet the residency requirements to file for divorce in California and will provide a reason for seeking the divorce. This reason will depend on your unique situation but may include the following:

  • Emotional or physical abuse
  • Irreconcilable differences
  • Incompatibility
  • Adultery

If you’re not sure what reason to cite, consult with your Valencia family law attorney. They’ll help you fill out and file the petition so you’ll know that everything is filled out correctly. Once you have the papers drawn up, you’ll need to give them to your spouse as well, even if they’re not in agreement about the divorce.

You Can Request Temporary Orders

Once the petition is filed, you can request temporary orders. These orders let the court stipulate specific requirements for child custody, spousal support payments, child support payments, and other factors prior to the divorce being finalized. These temporary orders should last through the divorce proceedings until the divorce is finalized.

The Discovery Process Will Take Time

Once you receive temporary orders, you’ll enter the discovery phase of the divorce process. This is the time when your attorney will work to gather evidence surrounding your spouse’s conduct, your assets, and any other factors that may contribute to your divorce and the ultimate settlement agreement.

You’ll want to provide your attorney with as much information as you can. They’ll tell you exactly what they’re looking for and which types of documentation will best help your case. 

You’ll Need to Pursue Settlement, Often in Court

If you and your spouse are both in agreement that a divorce is the right choice, you may be able to negotiate the terms of your divorce with the help of your divorce attorneys. But if you’re constantly butting heads or can’t come to an agreement on anything, you may need to pursue a settlement in court. 

During your divorce hearing, the judge will help determine a fair and equitable division of assets and can make a final determination on child custody, alimony, child support payments, and more.

The Case Will Be Settled and You’ll Receive Final Orders

Once the court hearing is done, you’ll receive your final orders that outline the legal terms of your divorce. Once you and your spouse receive the orders, your divorce is finalized and you’ll be able to move on with your life. 

Work with an Experienced Valencia Family Law Attorney

If you’re thinking of pursuing a divorce or a legal separation, don’t try to navigate the process on your own. Instead, work with an experienced Valencia family law attorney who can represent your interests. Contact Jackman Law Firm today to schedule a free consultation.