Divorce Process


A divorce starts with a divorce petition. The petition is written by one spouse (the petitioner) and served on the other spouse. The petition is then filed in a state court in the county where one of the spouses resides. It does not matter where the marriage occurred.

  • Helping a Child Cope With Divorce and Separation – Divorce isn’t easy, although it can be the right decision for a couple and even for a family. Parents going through a divorce typically worry about the impact it will have on their children. It’s normal for children to go through strong emotional stages when their parents divorce. Anger, sadness, confusion, and guilt are all normal reactions. Children also worry about their parents and what will happen to them. Parents can mitigate the impact divorce has on their children’s well-being by being prepared.
  • How does a child's preference to live with a parent affect a child custody case? – A child's choice in California child custody cases has evolved. There was a time when a child's choice was a non-factor until the child reached his or her late teenage years. However, child custody laws in California became more progressive.
  • Here are over 50 essential custody battle tips for mothers – Custody battle tips for mothers starts with understanding the family law system...
  • Making Sure Ex-Abusers are Sober Taking the Kids – The company behind an alcohol monitoring bracelet explains why their tool is effective, yet underused, in DV cases.
  • What should I know about divorce and custody – State Bar of California pamphlet
  • California Divorce – Basic information and about about divorce in California.
  • The Stages of Divorce Mediation – What does a mediation really look like? Here's an explanation of the stages of mediation.
  • The formal divorce process – An outline of how the legal divorce process works in the United States.
  • CA courts - Property & Debt – Basic information about California law related to what happens with property and debts when spouses or domestic partners choose to end their relationship.
  • Filing for Divorce or Separation Forms – Basic set of CA forms
  • Putting Kids First in Divorce: How to Reduce Conflict, Preserve Relationships and Protect Children During and After Divorce

    Going through a divorce is never easy. Tension can be high, and too often, the adversarial family court system only escalates the conflict. Sadly, children can become collateral damage. Fortunately — as in life — in divorce, you have choices. You don’t need to go down the traditional path of hiring a divorce attorney and battling it out in court. Instead, you can choose cooperation over conflict, and put your children first! Putting Kids First in Divorce, brings together eleven leading divorce, co-parenting, and relationship professionals, who share their insights and perspectives on communication, conflict resolution, and supporting children through a transition.

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