If you have decided to get divorced in California, these are few of the steps you need to complete:
1. Filing Forms for Divorce in California
2. Serving Your Forms
3. Completing Financial Disclosures
The Margarian Law Firm lawyers will introduce you to the main elements of the California Divorce Laws below. You can also utilize our site resources to find more information about the divorce process.
1. Filing Your Divorce Forms
Once your decision is set, you must file the following forms with the courthouse and pay a fee.
– Declaration Under Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (if you have children)
If you are unable to pay the court fees, you may also qualify for a waiver if you complete the FW-001 form. As soon as all the forms are completed and stamped by the court clerk, you send the copies to your spouse.
2. How to serve the forms to your spouse?
When all your forms are prepared and filed, they should be immediately served to your spouse. Pursuant to American legal system, service of documents is deemed to be one of the most important processes because it also gives them the opportunity to protect their rights. If your spouse has not hired an attorney, then the documents need to be served at his or her direct address. Otherwise, you may serve them to the lawyers at their office address and there is no need to send copies directly to your spouse.
3. Financial Disclosures
Once your case begins, you will be required to submit information related to your financial situation to your spouse and to the court. In order to do so, you need to complete the following documents:
– Family Law Form FL-140 (the Declaration of Disclosure)
– Family Law Form FL-150 (the Income and Expense Declaration) or Simplified Family Law Form FL-155 (the Financial Statement).
– Family Law Form FL-142 (Schedule of Assets and Debts).
– Family Law Form FL-141 (Declaration Regarding Service of Disclosure).
Please take into consideration that California Family Law matters are very complicated and the given article is not intended as a substitute for professional legal advice.
At The Margarian Law Firm, our efforts are focused on your family and children’s interest. We do our best to resolve your issues efficiently. In addition, we are ready to provide answers to your initial questions concerning California Family Law for FREE.
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