Divorce Law

California Divorce Law
What Can You Expect
If You Get Divorced in California.

California divorce law: If you have never been to court before it can be confusing and intimidating. Here are a few things explained:

The spouse who files the papers through the court is called the petitioner. The spouse who is legally served the papers is called the respondent. Whether you are the petitioner or the respondent, every document pertaining to your divorce will be clearly marked across the top as coming from the Superior Court of California and will come through the County Clerk’s office. This office will notify you of the dates and times of the court dates.

The process will be started by the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage and ended when the Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage is filed, but you can expect anywhere from ten to twenty other documents to be filed during the filing process.

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Property Distribution:
If You Cannot Agree

The Court Will Divide it for You,
But Beware
Equitable Doesn’t Mean Equal


Property distribution: If you and your spouse aren’t able to agree on how to divide the property you acquired during your marriage, the court will divide this “community property” for you. This will be an equitable distribution, but notice that “equitable” does not mean “equal.” The Court considers many factors in the division of community property.

Some of the factors the Court considers in the division of community property are:

A Compassionate, Holistic Approach to Divorce

There is much more to divorce than filing papers and making court dates. Decisions made now will affect the rest of your life.

Robert Sedgwick takes a holistic approach to your divorce that sees through the hurt feelings. He settles the vast amount of his cases without a trial, saving his clients time, money and trauma.

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