Certified Family Law Specialist, State Bar of California, and Board of Legal Specialization

It’s happening – you are getting a divorce. Either you intend to file the petition for dissolution or received the divorce papers to which you must answer. The next step you must take is simple in its execution but requires a bit of vetting before you do it: retaining an experienced Certified Family Law Expert. When you get a divorce in Oxnard, unless it is just you and your spouse or partner and unless you have very little in the way of assets and the marriage or domestic partnership was very short in terms of its duration, you want an Oxnard divorce lawyer with experience and insight, someone who will guide you, inform you, and advocate your rights for you. 

As a Certified Family Law expert, Jeffrey L. Hoffer aims to represent our clients with integrity and to provide legal services – either bundled or unbundled – in a comprehensive and professional manner. We know the law. We work strategically and thoughtfully. We want what’s best for you and for any children or other dependents you may have. Contact our experienced family law attorneys to schedule a free initial consultation and to learn how we can best represent you and your divorce needs. 

Overview of Marriage & Divorce in the Oxnard Area

The rate of divorce has increased substantially in recent decades. California’s divorce statistics exemplify this trend as does the data representing the Oxnard area. Married family households, according to Statistical Atlas, make up 55.8% of all households in the Oxnard area, this exceeds the average throughout California. These families have  a child or children under the age of 18.

This makes sense because – if you live in this area – according to statistics, you are more likely to get married than your counterparts throughout the whole of California. While only 29% of residents have never been married, more than 35% of all Californians have never been married. Unfortunately, this high rate of “never married” persons follows a higher rate of divorce in the Oxnard area. While 12% of females and 8% of males are divorced in the Oxnard area, Less than 10% of females but about the same (at 8%) of males are divorced state-wide.

What this means is simple: you are not alone. Divorce is scary. Divorce is complicated. Divorce is hard. But you can do it – if that’s what you feel you need to do. And with the right attorney in Oxnard at your side during divorce, you can make sure your interests and rights are upheld, including what’s in the best interests of your children.

Divorce Court

To divorce in California, you must fulfill two qualifications:

  1. either you or your spouse must have been a resident in California for the six months prior to filing the divorce petition; and
  2. either you or your spouse must have been a resident of Ventura County for the three months prior to filing the divorce petition.

If you satisfy these two qualifiers, then you can file for divorce without cause. California is a no-fault state, and this means you can divorce without proving the divorce ended due to someone’s fault. When you file for divorce or answer a divorce petition, the filing along with a $435 filing fee, must be filed with the clerk of the Family Law Division at:

County of Ventura Superior Court of California
800 South Victoria Avenue
Ventura, CA 93009.

Legal Matters When Ending a Marriage

There are many issues that an Oxnard lawyer could help a divorcing party handle. These things include:

  • asset division – this service includes division  of assets like real estate and/or business assets;
  • child custody and visitation – this service involves preparing a comprehensive parenting plan that accommodates working schedules, holidays, the child’s extracurricular activities, among many other things all of which are related to the child; 
  • child support – this includes making sure the child’s financial and medical needs are fully addressed; and, among other services,
  • spousal support, this includes determining what is fair and just for the dependent spouse to receive.

Contact an Oxnard Divorce Attorney Today

Jeffrey L. Hoffer and his team are here to help you through your divorce. Contact our Oxnard divorce lawyers to schedule a free initial consultation today.

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