At the time a couple reaches the point at which the marriage has come to an end and divorce is imminent, it is important to seek counsel from an attorney to navigate the legal system.
What is the difference between a divorce and marital dissolution?
Each state has their own laws that apply to the dissolution of marriage and or divorce. While courts will often use “marital dissolution” and “divorce” interchangeably, it is important to know the law that applies to your specific location. For example, in California, you can divorce if you claim “irreconcilable differences” with your spouse or domestic partner. Because there is no “guilty” party, California is known as a “no-fault” divorce state.
A divorce is a legal dissolution of a marriage by a court or other appointed entity. can be extremely complex, costly, and time-consuming, weighed down with the emotional stress of having to sift through the relationship.These situations usually involve:
- divorce litigation
- the division of marital and or non-marital assets including financial interest, accounts, and real property
- child custody and visitation terms
- child support
- spousal support
- restraining orders
Marital dissolution is sometimes referred to as a quicker and less costly process for terminating a marriage when neither party contests the decision. In California, once a petition is filed for marital dissolution, the next step is to call the discovery process. This is when each party exchanges request for documents and other documentation regarding child custody and visitation rights, living standards and other relevant matters.
From the outset of legal separation, having an attorney in your corner to assist in protecting your rights and, in the event there are children, to ensure that the children’s best interests are properly considered and weighed, is essential. Our attorneys will advocate for your interests while we ensure that your dissolution process is handled in the most amicable, expeditious, and cost-effective manner possible.