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Divorce in California is a complicated matter. The decision to divorce (called dissolution of marriage) or to legally separate is a difficult one to make, particularly if children are involved. Divorce or separation creates profound stress, and it often proceeds many other of life changing events, such as financial adjustments, job changes, and relocation. The assistance of ALA is key to an effectve divorce process and optimum circumstances after divorce and in all your family law related problems.

Divorce and Family Law related issues can be overwhelming. You will be put in unfamiliar situations, and everyone with an opinion will offer advice. It is an emotional rollercoaster. ADA can take away the stress by being there for you in your time of need. If you are considering a divorce, give us a call. We can assess your individual situation and advise you accordingly.

If the other party has a lawyer and you don't, you will be behind the 8-ball from the very beginning. A good family law attorney can help you navigate the divorce process, make sure you receive a fair property settlement and ensure your rights are represented when deciding the custody and visitation of your children. This is where ADA's in-house counsel can help. If your uncontested family law matter becomes unexpectedly contested, ADA has an in-house attorney that can fight for you. Divorce is a major life-changing event that may affect you the rest of your life, especially if child support, child custody and child visitation is involved. Call to protect your rights today.

Do I Need A Reason To Get Divorced?

California is a no-fault based divorce state. In a no-fault divorce, you'll need to tell the court that there has been a breakdown of your marriage: irreconcilable differences. However, you will not need to prove your spouse was to blame for the failure of your marriage.

Are Your Marital Problems Primarily Linked to Finances?

Some people are just not good financial partners. Money or lack thereof is one of the biggest stressors in marriage. Many people seek divorce have serious financial problems. Many have resisted getting divorced due to credit problems. If finances are making you and your spouse miserable, do something to try to get relief because doing nothing typically does not help.

In severe cases of marital debt, bankruptcy may be an option. Chapter 7 Bankrupty may allow you to get rid of all of your debt, with the exception of obligations that you may have from a prior divorce, student loans, court imposed fines, fraud or taxes. On the other hand, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy may permit you to pay a portion of your debt according to a plan approved by the court. If you feel that your marriage has deteriorated too far, or that you and your spouse are financially toxic together, call ADA today. We are here to help.

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The General Uncontested Divorce Process

At a bare minimum, the general divorce process involves on party filing a complaint and having it served on the other party. The, the other party has 30 days to respond to the complaint with an answer. Next, there is a 60 day mandatory waiting period on the disposition of assets before the divorce can be finalized.

Divorcing In A Tight Economy?

YIn recent years, the economy has tanked, causing the family home to lose value, employment lay-offs and the forced acceptance of lower paying jobs. While many couples have realized that the love is over, many question whether it is the right time to divorce or whether they should just stay-put and stick it out until the economy gets better. If you are asset rich and cash poor, you are not alone. It has been widely reported that couples are staying together due to tight finances in this economic downturn.

Nonetheless, if you are suffering in an unhealthy relationship (domestic abuse, violence, or a downright miserable relationship), you mental ability, stability and happiness will continue to suffer. Staying put may be a "smart" financial plan for those with ten to fifteen year plans, but it is not a realistic short term plan. Remaining in an unhealthy relationship will only drag on your mental health and physical well-being. In cases of domestic violence, staying may be highly dangerous and potentially even deadly.

The good news is that divorcing with assets and debts in this economy is feasible and entirely possible. ALA is here to help and was specifically created with a flat-fee system to assist people know upfront their expected legal fees.