In a legal separation, the approach is similar to a divorce, but the couple remains married.This is also used for domestic partnerships. There are several reasons couples may choose this avenue, but because legal separation can turn into a dissolution of marriage, it is important to approach the process in the same way as a divorce.
If you are facing a divorce, an annulment, a legal separation, or aren’t sure which is the path you should take, rely on an expert attorney such as those at the Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers. We can look at your situation and help guide you in the right direction. We know no divorce is the same, and we treat each case as its own unique situation.
Q: How Much Does a Divorce Lawyer Cost?
A: An expert Anaheim divorce lawyer will cost between $300 and $500 an hour. Because of the high cost, many couples seek to reduce this by using a mediation process to make agreements without the necessity of the court. However, utilizing an attorney in the process is important to be sure that all your rights are protected and that you have an equal voice throughout. We maximize our efforts to provide thorough representation for every client.
Q: How Much Does a Divorce Cost Without a Lawyer?
A: The filing fee for a divorce is $435. However, this cost does not take into account the cost of a process server, a co-parenting class if required, or any copying fees required to obtain a copy of the divorce paperwork. You could qualify for fee waivers if you receive public benefits, if your household income is low, or if the court adjudicates that you cannot pay the fees.
Q: How Long Will a Divorce Take?
A: With a mandatory waiting period of six months, a divorce in California could take anywhere from six months up to two years. There are several factors that play a role in the speed of the process, including the proceedings of the court, whether the divorce is contested or uncontested, and how successfully mediation guides the couple to agreements on factors surrounding children, spousal support, and property division.
Q: Can I Seek a Divorce in California If My Spouse Doesn’t Want It?
A: Because California is a no-fault state, a divorce does not require both parties to agree. A spouse who is served a divorce petition has 30 days to file a response. If they fail to, you can further petition the court to adjudicate the divorce without their cooperation. This process also includes ruling on all the factors surrounding a divorce. Provided the divorce proposal is within equal division, they can be ruled on without the other spouse.
Q: What Are the Grounds For Getting an Annulment?
A: Qualifiers for annulment include:
- One spouse was still married
- One of the spouses was not of legal age
- The marriage occurred under false pretenses
- One of the spouses was not of sound mind or body at the time of marriage
- Inability to physically consummate the marriage
- One spouse is married to someone previously presumed dead
- One spouse was forced into the marriage
If you are facing an annulment, divorce, or legal separation, you shouldn’t have to feel like you are alone. With a strong support system that includes an expert divorce attorney, you can navigate this difficult process while keeping your focus on your future with your best interests in mind. With over 40 years of experience in family law, the Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers can help you each step of the way.
As a Certified Family Law Specialist, our expertise and knowledge in all aspects of family law continue to prove themselves. If you are unsure whether your situation might call for an annulment, legal separation, or divorce, contact us today to get started with a consultation so that we can discuss options with you. We can guide you so that, ultimately, you can focus on taking the next step forward in your journey. Divorce doesn’t have to be a traumatic process; it can be a transition into a new life. Let our compassionate and experienced team help you.