Divorce Basics in California | Here’s What You Should Know

Divorce is a complex process, which is why anyone who’s about to go through one should read on and reach out to an experienced Los Angeles divorce attorney from our firm at once so they can get a better idea of what to expect. This blog touches on the basics of divorce in California and some key terms you should know.

Important Divorce-Related Terms | Helping You Understand the Basics of Divorce

Just some of the most important divorce terms that you should have a basic understanding of are as follows:

  • No-Fault Divorce: If you’re getting a divorce, you can either choose to cite fault grounds or not. A no-fault divorce is when a couple essentially states they’re getting divorced due to an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. Fault grounds are much more specific. For example, a spouse can cite adultery, a substance abuse issue, long-term incarceration, cruelty, and more as a fault ground. You should note, however, that in most cases, it’s best to simply file a no-fault divorce, for several reasons.
  • Child Custody: If you’re a divorcing co-parent, you should familiarize yourself with how courts determine child custody, the different types of custody (physical and legal), and more. Our firm can help ensure your child’s best interests are best protected and that you are informed and in-the-loop, every step of the way.
  • Child Support: If you are the custodial parent, meaning you raise the child most of the time, you will most likely be entitled to child support from your ex. We can work to ensure you and your child receive the support you need. If your ex refuses to pay child support or you believe you’re receiving insufficient support, our firm can help as well.
  • Alimony/Spousal Support: Alimony is often awarded to the financially dependent spouse after a divorce. Factors that influence alimony include the duration of a marriage, both spouse’s yearly salaries, the standard of living established during the marriage, and more.
  • Property Division: Anyone about to get divorced should understand they have a lot at stake. Courts in California will typically distribute all community property in a manner they consider fair and equitable between spouses. This means that in most cases, one spouse will get to keep the home, certain vehicles, and other possessions. Our firm can help you fight for what’s rightfully yours.

Contact our experienced Los Angeles firm

Divorce and family law issues are notoriously complicated and personal, which is why you must hire an attorney with years of experience, as well as the compassion and skill needed to handle these sensitive matters. For the qualified, dedicated legal representation you and your family deserve and need, contact Zitser Family Law Group, APC today.

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