If you are thinking of getting a divorce in Camarillo, California, you should retain a competent, experienced family law attorney as soon as possible. You may have assets to protect. You may have children whose best interests you have at heart. You may have any number of concerns that need to be addressed. There’s a lot involved in a divorce, and compounding that is the emotional aspect of it all.
We at Hoffer Family Law Firm have been representing clients in Camarillo for years. I am a Certified Family Law Specialist and can help you with your divorce. Speak with our Camarillo divorce lawyers to learn more about our approach to family law and what steps to take next.
Before you file for divorce and maybe even before you discuss divorce with your spouse, you should gather some information to make sure you protect yourself and any minor children. You never know how your spouse may respond when you tell him or her you are thinking about it — some people can become really bitter and/or angry and do things to make the situation worse.
With that in mind, you want to make lists and have copies of documents for things like bank accounts, retirement accounts, and estate planning documents. For a full checklist of things to prepare and/or do prior to starting the divorce process, consult one of our attorneys in Camarillo and download our free worksheet.
California is a no-fault divorce state, which means you do not have to prove the other spouse caused the divorce or otherwise provide a reason for the divorce except that there are irreparable differences.
There is a residency requirement to file for divorce in California. First, you must be a resident of California. Second, to file in Ventura County, you must have lived in Camarillo or another community in Ventura County for the three months preceding the divorce filing.
To initiate the divorce proceedings, you must file three specific documents:
If you have any minor children aged 17 or younger, you should file a Declaration Under Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) form known as Form No. FL-105/GC-120.
You must serve these papers on your spouse and file the documents with the family law court in Ventura County located at:
The Superior Court of California
County of Ventura
800 South Victoria Avenue
Ventura, CA 93009.
You can anticipate the divorce process to take at least six months. According to Section 2339(a) of the California Family Code, California requires a 6-month waiting period from the date of service of the petition and summons. The same section also allows a 6-month extension when the requesting party shows good cause. So, if you don’t want the divorce process to be delayed, you need to make sure the forms are completed properly and all deadlines and requirements are timely satisfied.
Other matters can complicate a divorce, too, like:
These are all reasons why it is important to prepare for a divorce in Camarillo. By speaking with a lawyer we can prevent delays and help make the process move along as smoothly as possible given the circumstances.
If you live in Camarillo, California, and are considering a divorce and want to learn more about the process, we can help you. Contact a Camarillo divorce lawyer today to schedule a consultation.
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