Hi! I’m Emily Robinson with the Dion Law Group, and I practise Family Law in Los Angeles, and Ventura Counties.
In family law, a big part of what we do is divorce. People generally want to have an overview of the divorce process – because it can sound very confusing when you read about it in the internet. There’s a lot of requirements and things you have to do.
The basic process is:
1) One party will file for divorce, and they will get a case number.
2) Get the documents back from the court.
3) They will have to serve these documents to the other party.
4) The other party has 30 days to respond to the divorce documents.
5) Once that party has responded, then the parties will exchange income and asset information, and try to work out a settlement.
6) If you are unable to workout a settlement, then we’ll set a trial date, and the court will decide how to divide your property, your custody issues, and your support issues.
7) In the meantime while this whole process is going on because it takes months or years, you can go into court and request temporary support orders, or temporary custody orders so the court can address urgent issues on a more timely basis, instead of having to wait for trials to address custody issues, and support issues. Those usually cannot wait months or years for a trial.
So you have that relief available for you in the meantime. You could also make temporary agreements in the meantime to get you to that final agreement or trial.