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Frequently Asked Questions about California Dissolution of Marriage

Q: What is dissolution of marriage?

A: Rather than referring to "divorce," California law refers to "dissolution of marriage." There is no fundamental difference between what is called "divorce" in another state and what is called "dissolution of marriage" in California. Both terms refer to the process by which a marriage between parties is terminated and their respective legal rights and obligations regarding property, child custody, and child and spousal support are determined.

Q: Because California is a so-called "no-fault" divorce state, does misconduct by either spouse ever come into play in the final judgment of the court?

A: Perhaps, in some circumstances; for example, under California law, when making a custody determination, the court must consider whether there is evidence of domestic violence. Also, a determination of whether one party will be awarded spousal support may hinge on the issue of a domestic violence conviction. California law also provides that in making a property award, the court may consider misappropriation of an asset by one party to the detriment of the other.

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In recent years, more than 60% of California marriages have ended in divorce. If you have questions about how California law may address the issues in your marriage, or if you were to end up in family court, contact a California family law attorney.

California Divorce Attorneys

California State-Certified Family Law Specialist

One of the hardest parts of any divorce is the extensive documentation of assets and debts that goes into any property division settlement. It is well known that California is a “community property state.” This impacts the outcome of equitable property division in divorces. But exactly what will that mean to your divorce? Clients of the San Jose, California, law offices of Robert L. Lewis, Attorney at Law, are assured of personalized attention to detail by experienced family law lawyer Bob Lewis. From the time of your free initial consultation, I will be your legal counselor and advocate. If your case goes to court, I will be the one representing you and protecting your interests.

The following California divorce information center is provided as a courtesy. The content below is not intended to address your individual family law needs.

To schedule a free initial consultation regarding divorce, child custody, child support, spousal support, enforcement, modifications, domestic violence, community property division, paternity, or matters involving the Department of Child Support Services, contact me.

California Dissolution of Marriage - An Overview

The breakdown of a marriage is likely one of the most stressful times in a person's life, and divorce is a daunting task to undertake alone. An attorney experienced in California family law can guide you, professionally yet compassionately, through this often-difficult time. If you are contemplating dissolution of marriage, call an attorney today.

Many individuals experiencing divorce find themselves so involved in the emotional and psychological aspects of the breakup of their family that they are unable to focus on the fact that the process of dissolution of marriage is a legal process. It is wise for parties to have a working knowledge of the legal issues involved in the divorce to avoid being overwhelmed by the emotional aspects. An experienced California dissolution of marriage lawyer will work to protect your legal interests, allowing you to focus on yourself and your family.

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Division of Property

Because classification of property and its division can become one of the most contentious issues in a divorce, seek the advice and assistance of a California dissolution of marriage attorney familiar with the particulars of California community property law.

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Domestic Violence and Child Custody

Even though California is a no-fault state for dissolution of marriage, evidence of domestic violence in a marriage can play a major role in decisions regarding the children of the parties.

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Spousal Support

In California, married persons have a right and an obligation to support each other during their marriage. Depending upon numerous factors taken into consideration by a court in a dissolution case, this obligation may extend beyond the marriage.

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Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in California Dissolution Cases

In California, parties wishing to lessen conflict and work toward more win-win solutions to their disputes can take advantage of many modes of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), including, in the larger counties, conciliation court (in larger counties), mediation and collaborative law.

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