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Fresno Divorce Law Firm 

The divorce process in the state of California can be complicated. When you have professional legal counsel from Arnold Law Group, APC, on your side, you can be confident that your interests will be protected and the process will be completed in accordance with the requirements of state law. 

We work hard to help our clients find balanced and fair solutions to their divorces. Whatever your circumstances, you can find personalized and caring legal support at our office. Let our Fresno divorce law firm help you move forward to the next chapter of your life.

Whether you are thinking about filing for divorce or have already been served with papers, let’s discuss your situation and what your next steps could be.

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California Divorce Requirements

You can file for divorce if you meet the state’s residency requirements. Residency requirements for filing for divorce in California include:

  • One party must be a resident of the state for six months or more immediately before filing
  • One party must have been a resident of the county for a minimum of three months before filing

How Long Does It Take To Divorce in California?

California has a mandatory six-month waiting period, starting on the date the papers are served, before a divorce can be finalized. During this waiting period, you and your spouse can try and come to an agreement on issues in the marriage. 

A judge can review your settlement and sign off on the divorce when six months have passed. If you and your spouse are unable to reach an agreement, you will need to notify the court and proceed toward a trial to settle any outstanding disputes.

Whether or not your case is contested or uncontested will go a long way in deciding how long the process ultimately takes. As the names suggest, the difference depends on how much dispute there is between the spouses on the issues that need resolution. Consequently, they often unfold with very different dynamics. 

The process to complete an uncontested divorce involves a meeting of the attorneys of both spouses, at which time the necessary paperwork will be provided and completed. After being advised of any applicable laws involved in your case, you will be given a drafted agreement in proper legal format. This agreement can then be reviewed and signed by the judge.

Contested divorce cases may involve multiple court hearings, and debates between the spouses may become heated. It can be very difficult for a spouse to protect their interests in these circumstances without good legal counsel in their corner. Everything from disclosures to temporary orders to discovery to the court appearance themselves can become high-stress disputes. Arnold Law Group, APC, has the experience and knowledge to put the burden squarely on our shoulders, protect you to the greatest degree possible, and fight for your rights. 

Our Fresno divorce law firm handles both contested and uncontested divorce cases. Call Arnold Law Group, APC, today at (559) 900-1263.

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How Do I Serve My Spouse Divorce Papers?

As noted above, you cannot personally serve your spouse the divorce papers. A third party who is over the age of 18 must do it. You can have a trusted confidant handle the job, or you can hire a law enforcement officer or process server to deliver the papers.

What if My Spouse Won’t Sign the Papers?

While both spouses have to sign the papers to pursue an uncontested divorce, it is not necessary for the process to move forward. In the event a spouse refuses to sign, it will simply be considered a contested divorce. While, as noted above, this can result in a longer process, a spouse cannot ultimately stop the divorce. 

What to Expect in a Divorce With Children

When children are involved in a divorce case, parents often want a clear understanding of what is ahead. You will need to discuss the issue of joint custody so that you and the other parent can have regular contact with the children. When it comes to child support, California correlates the amount paid and received with the parenting time. Many factors will be assessed when child support is being determined, especially who makes the most money and is in a better financial position.

Why to Choose Our Fresno Divorce Law Firm

Our results-oriented team has much to offer, including:

  • 30+ years of collective legal experience
  • Legal strategies custom-tailored to your needs and goals
  • Our commitment to keeping you informed at every step
  • A proven track record with thousands of favorable resolutions

Call today at (559) 900-1263 or reach out here online today.

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