Husband and wife have the same rights in a divorce. This means that the laws with regard to divorce do not discriminate with regard to the sex of the parties or their roles in the marriage.
California is a community property state. In this regard,real estate as well as assets and debts that were acquired during the marriage are considered equally shared. Sometimes there are grey areas in the community property rule. An experienced divorce attorney can determine what is reasonable when there are questions or disputes over what constitutes community property.
California is also a ‘no fault’ state. This means that extramarital affairs are not considered in a divorce. It also means that one party or the other does not need to find fault in order to divorce. The most common reason for divorce in California is simply ‘irreconcilable differences’ which simply means that the parties do not get along.
The issues that are commonly involved in a divorce are spousal support, child custody and support as well as division of assets and debts. Child support, if needed,depends on a number of factors such as the income of both parties as well as time spent with the child. Spousal support may be awarded based on need and differential in income as well as other factors. For a marriage over 10 years, spousal support may be awarded until death or re-marriage. It’s important to speak with an experienced divorce lawyer in order to understand legal rights and options.
From our office in Glendale, CA, Legal Action Workshop helps people throughout California including Los Angeles County, and from San Diego all the way to Sacramento. Consultations can occur in our office or by phone, whichever is most convenient. The laws with regard to divorce are the same throughout the state so we offer advice, oversight and paperwork prepared & filed in the appropriate California court.