What is the Cost of a CA Divorce?

The first question on the minds of those who wish to file for Divorce is, ‘What is the cost?‘. Legal Action Workshop, which is a Flat Fee Law Firm, offers 2 prices, namely $599 or $799 depending on whether you have children and/or property or not.  However, there are other factors that may impact the price for Divorce.

One of the most important factors is cooperation. If your spouse does not wish to cooperate, he/she can still be served by another adult (not a child of the marriage) or a process server. If the spouse does nothing more (does not respond), the Divorce can proceed by way of ‘default’ and can be finalized even without any further cooperation.

However, if the spouse ‘responds‘ when served, an agreement would be needed in order to finalize the Divorce and avoid a court appearance.  If the spouse does not wish to sign an agreement, the parties would need to go to trial in order to finalize the Divorce.  Here’s a break-down of the cost of not cooperating for a short marriage with no issues:

  1. the cost of a ‘default’ Divorce (when the respondent does not respond) with a short marriage and no issues could be as low as $599 (flat fee cost of this type of Divorce)
  2. the cost of the same Divorce (short marriage, no issues) when the spouse responds and is uncooperative could be in excess of $1,499 (usually much higher–dependent on the Attorney and his/her fee structure)

Another example of non-cooperation is when the marriage has issues but the parties refuse to agree on them.  This again compels the parties to finalize the Divorce by trial and hence greatly increases the cost as seen here:

  1. the cost of a Divorce wherein the parties agree on their issues could be as low as $1199 (flat fee cost of Divorce plus a Marital Settlement Agreement or Stipulation)
  2. the cost of a Divorce without agreement on issues could be in excess of $5,000 (usually much higher–dependent on the Attorney and his/her fee structure)

The cooperation of the parties is extremely important. If there are no issues, then the parties can cooperate as to the process. If there are issues (spousal support, child support, child custody, division of property etc.), the parties can work to agree on them and therefore avoid further hearings or trial. Cooperation will lower the cost of Divorce substantially.

Attorneys typically charge hourly/retainer fees or flat fees.  An hourly/retainer Attorney will be more costly than a flat rate Attorney. The parties will need legal advice to understand their issues and how to reasonably address them.

If you are interested in LOW FLAT FEES for your Divorce, give Legal Action Workshop a call @ 1-800-HELP-444 (1-800-435-7444) or visit our website for more information @ www.LegalActionWorkshopLAW.com .


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How to Finalize a Los Angeles Divorce

Los Angeles Superior Court serves the largest city in California and, as a result, is inundated with Family Law and Divorce requests. This is why it is especially challenging to get legal matters through this court.

Normally a Divorce takes a minimum of 6 months and 1 day from the date of service to be finalized.  However, there are times when the court loses documents or has such a large caseload that documents do not get approved as quickly as they otherwise would. Hence, there could be delays based on the court’s challenges.

When attempting to finalize a Los Angeles Divorce, the first step is to speak with an experienced Divorce Attorney so that legal rights and options are explained. In addition, a careful analysis of what is reasonable in the specific circumstance should be discussed. This careful analysis usually contributes to more cooperation between the parties and a greater likelihood for agreements on issues. In effect, an  uncontested Divorce is less costly and less time-consuming than one in which the parties contest and go to court.

With clear direction and an understanding of how the court works, there will be a far better chance of the Divorce getting through the Los Angeles Superior Court system and getting approved. It is best not to avoid this crucial step!

Legal Action Workshop has been practicing Divorce and Family Law for more than 35 years! Our experienced Attorneys help people with Divorce and Family Law issues for Low Flat Fees.  If you need help, call us @ 1-800-HELP-444 (1-800-435-7444) or visit our website for more information @ www.LegalActionWorkshopLAW.com .

 


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Why an Uncontested Divorce is Cheaper

An uncontested Divorce is a Divorce in which there are either no issues and the parties are cooperative, or there are issues and the parties agree as to how to resolve them. Issues are things like spousal support, child support, child custody, division of assets and division of debt. There may be other issues as well.

In a short marriage with no children or property as well as no desire for spousal support, there would not be any issues that would need to be addressed by the court.  This type of Divorce can be finalized without a court appearance in most cases. Often, in these instances, the Respondent does not Respond and the Divorce is finalized by ‘default‘. This type of Divorce is cheaper because it requires less paperwork, less time and no court appearance.

However, in a marriage of any length when there are issues to address, the parties can agree on them.  The best approach is to speak with an experienced Divorce Lawyer who can analyze the specific circumstances and determine if  there are issues as well as how to address the issues in a reasonable way.

In addition, the Attorney will be able to explain the client’s legal rights with regard to support, custody, division of property etc.  This information will help in negotiating a reasonable approach to the issues.  Again, an uncontested Divorce with issues is less costly mainly because a court appearance, in most instances, is not needed and the issues are usually handled in a timely manner by the preparation of a Marital Settlement Agreement or Stipulation.

An uncontested Divorce is the preferred method of Divorce for a number of reasons:

  1. it is cheaper
  2. it is less stressful
  3. it does not require a court appearance in most cases

Legal Action Workshop has had more than 35 years’ experience with uncontested Divorces.  We have also prepared thousands of Marital Settlement Agreements as well as Stipulations which address the issues of the Divorce thus avoiding a court appearance in most instances.  Please call us at 1-800-HELP-444 (1-800-435-7444) or visit our website for more information @ www.LegalActionWorkshopLAW.com .

 


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How Fast can a California Divorce be Finalized?

Most people want to know how long it will take to finalize a Divorce in California.  The answer to this question is not simple.  In California the minimum time frame is 6 months and 1 day from the date of service.  However, this is not the maximum time frame.

There are a number of factors that contribute to a longer length of time for the finalization of a Divorce.  Here are some of the factors:

  1. When the parties do not get legal advice and they prepare the paperwork incorrectly; the courts reject paperwork that is presented incorrectly or has incorrect and conflicting information
  2. When the parties do not agree on their issues. In this case, the respondent will respond when served.  This means that the Divorce is contested and will require a Trial if the parties cannot agree on issues.  It may take over a year to get a trial date depending on the court. In a contested Divorce, other legal procedures may be needed such as depositions, discovery etc which can be very time-consuming
  3. When the parties do not cooperate and one or both try to ‘game’ the system by presenting roadblocks such as not showing up for hearings, continuing the scheduled hearings or trial, or they may change their lawyer etc.

It’s very important to understand the issues of the Divorce before any papers are filed. Once the client understands the issues and how the courts work, he/she can decide the best legal option.  However, it’s always best to have a Divorce Lawyer prepare the paperwork and handle the process as this will help assure the quickest time frame.

Many people think that a Divorce Attorney is too costly–but this is not always the case. Legal Action Workshop offers LOW FLAT FEES for Divorce with an experienced Attorney! We make it affordable to have an Attorney on your side.  If you have questions about Divorce, call us at 1-800-HELP-444 (1-800-435-7444) or visit our website @ www.LegalActionWorkshopLAW.com for more information.


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What Happens if a Parent takes the Child and Disappears?

There are times when a parent abandons the home and takes a child without saying where he/she will be living and/or how contact can be made.  This is extremely stressful and may occur for a number of reasons.  One reason that a woman may do this is due to a Domestic Violence situation in which she is afraid to remain in the home.  In this case a woman may go to a shelter with the child or to family or friends and may not wish to say where she is out of fear.

If Domestic Violence is not a factor, it is a crime for either parent to take children out of the home and not state where the children will reside.  This is especially stressful when children are taken out of the city, state or, much worse, out of the country.   If you are married and your spouse and child leave the home and you do not know where they are, be advised that the offending parent can be charged with ‘parental kidnapping‘.  In this case a report should be made with the police so that every attempt can be made to find the child.  The same report can be made if you are not married, but have court orders for custody & visitation.

However, if you are a father, not married and without court orders then you will need to file a Petition to Establish Parental Relationship and try to find the mother so that she can be served.  If you can’t find the mom, it will be difficult to move forward.  For this reason, it is very important for fathers to get court orders for children when they know where the mom is and not wait until a potential change.

If you have questions about ‘parental kidnapping’, paternity or child issues such as Custody, Visitation & Support give the Family Law Lawyers at  Legal Action Workshop a call @ 1-800-HELP-444 (1-800-435-7444). With over 35 years’ experience, we can advise you as to your best options.  Please visit our website @ www.LegalActionWorkshopLAW.com for more information.


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