What are some of the most important things to know about a San Diego divorce? The Certified Family Law Specialists at Burke & Domercq have decades of experience in San Diego divorce cases. If you are considering a divorce there are several important things you will need to know.
In order to file for divorce in San Diego you or your spouse must reside in California for the past six months and at least 3 months here in San Diego County. If you are concerned about residency requirements you may want to consider working through a post-marital agreement or a legal separation until residency requirements for divorce are met.
The “Date of Separation” is a very important legal date in your divorce. Technically speaking, the date of separation will have an impact upon not only the duration of marriage but the ability of each former spouse to begin to have “separate” money, assets and debts.
One of the most important things to know about a San Diego divorce is the cost of your divorce and the time it will take to complete are both directly the result of the amount of things you and your spouse disagree upon, and your ability to work through these challenges and resolve them.
Your divorce cannot be finalized until all aspects of the case are completely resolved. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Division of all assets, debts and personal possessions as well as the family home
- Child custody and parenting time
- Division of retirement accounts and pensions
- Disposition of any business interest, closely held company or professional practice
- Questions associated with child support or spousal support
- The disposition of the family pet(s)
Another of the important things to know about a San Diego divorce is more than two-thirds of the divorces in California are actually filed by one of the spouses without counsel. Unfortunately, most of these cases face multiple delays and challenges. Ultimately the vast majority of parties in these cases retain an attorney before being able to complete the divorce. This is why you need experienced, proven counsel from the Certified Family Law Specialists at Burke & Domercq.