Hi! I’m Emily Robinson. I’m a Family Law Attorney. I practise Family Law in Westlake Village, and Woodland Hills California with Dion Law Group.
I wanted to give a little overview of the divorce process because a lot people don’t know how the process works. When you file for divorce in California, you open a case in the appropriate county. And then you’ll have the other party serve the divorce papers. Once they are served the divorce papers, they have 30 days to respond, and to file a response to those papers.
After that, you’ll exchange financial information: income, asset, debt information. And then you’ll try to discuss settlements. If you’re able to settle the case, that’s great. If not, then you can have a trial date set and the judge can make orders in your case. There’s a waiting period from the date that the respondent is served, and the date that you can be officially divorced. And that is six months. So you have these 6 months to try and work out your case before trial.
During those six months, if there are pressing issues such as custody, child support, spousal support, attorney fees, those can be brought upon motions pending the trial. You can have some temporary orders to get you through until the trial date because you won’t be able to wait six months or more to have those issues heard. All of these can be worked out outside of court or you can have court dates along the way if you have disputes that can’t be worked out.