When you are going through a divorce or custody dispute, you want a family law attorney on your side who understands the emotions you are likely experiencing. Along with emotional support, you want an attorney is able to answer your questions and who can provide you with specific details about your case. You’ll find answers to frequently asked questions about divorce and family law below. To learn more, contact Katelyn R. Durment, a family law attorney in Corona, California, today.

How long does the divorce process take?

No two divorces are exactly alike. Depending on a number of factors, your divorce can take just a few months or it can stretch out for several years. California has a waiting period of at least six months between the time you or your spouse say that you want a divorce and the time that the proceedings can become final. The waiting period is designed to make sure you and your spouse are sure you want a divorce.

Working with an experienced family law attorney can help speed up the divorce process, but it is important to understand that no divorce in California can take less than six months.

How much does a divorce cost?

The cost of a divorce depends on its complexity and whether or not you and your spouse end up going to trial. If you are able to come to an agreement with your spouse quickly. Uncontested divorces typically cost the least.

What is the difference between legal separation and divorce?
If you get divorced, your marriage is dissolved and you and your partner no longer live together. Under a legal separation, you and your spouse do not live together, but your marriage remains intact. Under a legal separation, the court can still make decisions about custody, spousal support and the division of property. While California has a waiting period for divorce, there is no waiting period for a legal separation.

How do I know what county to file in?

In California, you file for divorce in the county you or your spouse live in. You need to have lived in the county for at least three months before you can file for a divorce.

What is the difference between contested and uncontested matter?

During an uncontested divorce, you and your spouse readily agree on the terms of the divorce, agree about who will get what property and come to an easy agreement regarding custody or visitation. You and your spouse don’t need to go trial and the process is wrapped up quickly. A contested divorce can be a more challenging matter, as you and your spouse struggle to come to an agreement and usually need a court to intervene.

How do I establish paternity?

In California, if you and your spouse were married at the time your child was born, the husband is assumed to be the child’s father and the wife is assumed to be the mother. If you and your partner were not married at the time a child was born, the male partner needs to prove he is the father of the child, usually by undergoing genetic testing.

Contact a Family Law Attorney in Corona

Having a family  law attorney who understands the emotional complexities involved in divorce or custody disputes as well as the legal requirements can help you get through a challenging time. If you need assistance with any aspect of family law in Corona, call the law office of Katelyn R. Durment at (951) 941-8884 today.

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