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How Can I Complete My Divorce More Quickly?

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Los Gatos divorce mediation lawyerWhile the divorce process can be a challenging experience for both parties, the end of your marriage does represent an opportunity to move forward in your life. Recognizing this, many couples will look to complete the divorce process as quickly as possible. In the state of California, the court requires a six month waiting period prior to the dissolution of a marriage. While this waiting period will hold true regardless of how you pursue your divorce, there are a number of ways in which you can simplify the divorce process and alleviate the stress of the dissolution. 

Understanding Divorce in California

In the state of California, the divorce process begins with one spouse filing for a petition for divorce. It is important to note that in order to file for divorce in California, a person must reside in the state for a minimum of six months, and they must be a resident of the county in which they are filing for a minimum of three months. According to California law, a minimum of six months must pass between the date the other spouse is served with the petition and the date in which the divorce decree or judgment is entered in court. 

Strategies for a Faster Divorce Process

While the six month waiting period is required in all California divorces, it may be possible to simplify the divorce process and ensure that all issues will be addressed by the end of this period. One way of doing this is through jointly filing for a summary dissolution. In order to qualify for a summary dissolution, spouses must meet a number of criteria. The duration of the marriage must be five years or less, the spouses must have no children together, and both spouses must sign an agreement that specifies how community property will be divided and states that neither party will receive spousal support

Spouses who do not qualify for summary dissolution may also take steps to address and resolve their legal issues as quickly and efficiently as possible. One way of doing so is through divorce mediation. During this process, they will work with a neutral mediator who will help facilitate conversations and guide them in making mutually agreeable decisions. Mediation can be used to reach agreements on the division of assets, child custody, spousal support, and any other issues that must be resolved before a couple’s marriage can be legally dissolved. While a divorce cannot be finalized until the six-month waiting period has passed, the mediation process can help spouses have a divorce settlement and be prepared to move on once they reach the end of this period.

Contact a Los Gatos, CA Divorce Lawyer

At the Law Offices of Benita Ventresca, we understand the difficulties involved in the divorce process, and we work to help spouses resolve their legal disputes and end their marriages as quickly and efficiently as possible. Attorney Benita Ventresca can provide you with legal representation during your divorce or help you resolve disputes through mediation. Contact a Los Gatos family law attorney today by calling 408-395-8822 to set up a free consultation. 


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