The end of a marriage is a difficult time for a couple. Even if you knew it was coming, it can be hard to finally let go and move on with your lives. On top of that, you'll have to go through the legal process of divorcing, which is more complex than if you were simply breaking up.
Divorces often come with legal issues, such as determining if you're entitled to spousal support or arranging for the division of your property. For most people, having an attorney help them is a huge encouragement, since they can guarantee that the process is being handled correctly.
What should you take to your attorney during your first meeting?
When you first meet with your attorney, consider bringing your financial documents, a list of assets, your marriage certificate and other legal documents that could be helpful when determining your situation.
California requires marital property to be divided equally, but you can opt for a different arrangement with a separation agreement if you choose. This is something your attorney can help you with directly if you and your spouse can agree to divide your assets unevenly.
How long will a divorce take?
Everyone's situation is different. There is a six-month residency requirement. There is also a 30-day waiting period from the time you serve your spouse to when they have to respond.
Depending on how contentious your divorce is, it could take only a few months or could go on for years. Overall, it comes down to how well you and your spouse can negotiate with one another.