By Your Side Throughout The Divorce Process

Our lawyers are always here for you, from the moment either you or your spouse files a petition for divorce (dissolution) with the court, through its conclusion.

Below you can learn about the process of divorce and expected durations. Please keep in mind your divorce may involve unique factors that can increase the length of divorce.

Divorce Timeline

Six months after the date of service is the earliest the court may enter a final judgment of dissolution. If your case is very simple or uncontested, it may be possible to resolve your dissolution in less than six months. If more complex or contested, it could take considerably longer to resolve your case.

If you file, this makes you the petitioner and your spouse the respondent. Once the respondent is served with the petition, the six-month waiting period begins.

The respondent has 30 days to file a response with the court once he or she has received the petition. A Request for Order (RFO) may also be filed if there are support or custody disputes or if there are charges of domestic violence.

If children are involved in the divorce, and custody or visitation orders are requested, a child custody mediation (Child Custody Recommending Counseling) will be scheduled before the first court hearing. If you two cannot reach an agreement on your own, you will be required to attend mediation. Mediation can have lingering results. We will prepare you for mediation.

Through the divorce process, we will also walk you through all necessities of your marital settlement agreement and division of property. We will discuss the finer points of equal division of community property, child support, child custody, spousal support and asset protection. And, we will create a solid plan to achieve your best possible outcome.

A crucial step that is often overlooked in the divorce process is putting an estate plan in place or modifying your estate plan with an attorney. Properly planning for your future and protecting your assets should be at the top of your mind in a family law situation. We begin planning for your life post-divorce from the start.

Ask us about the quick and simple process of creating an emergency will and power of attorney to protect you during the divorce process.

Our Roseville-based family law team comprises top estate, asset and tax planning professionals who can help you make informed decisions regarding any direction you would like your future to take, including incorporating your children's interests into your planning.

Questions? Call 916-945-2780.

We are located in Roseville, California, and represent clients throughout the greater Sacramento area. You can also reach us toll-free at 800-728-2184.