Dissolution of Marriage

Eligibility for filing for dissolution of marriage largely depends on residency, as opposed to your reason for divorcing. In California, as in many states, you can simply claim to be divorcing due to irreconcilable differences. California is a no-fault divorce state, so one party need not be deemed "guilty" in order to proceed with divorce.

Paternity Actions

Paternity actions or parentage cases are used to determine who a child’s legal parents are. If the child’s parents are married, there is no question from a legal standpoint who the child’s father may be. The law will assume that the married couple is the child’s legal parents in most cases.

Spousal Support

Alimony in California is called "spousal support." When a married couple divorces after building a lifestyle together, a court may require the higher earner—whether the husband or the wife— to assist the lower earner in maintaining that lifestyle for at least some period of time.

Child Custody

Divorcing parents must make important life-changing decisions about child custody, child visitation, and child support. Courts prefer couples to work out their own parenting plan, generally with the assistance of their child custody attorney. If they can do this, the court will review the plan and decide whether or not to approve it.

Child Visitation

A parenting plan, also called a "custody and visitation agreement" or a "time-share plan," is the parent's written agreement about how much time the child will spend with each parent, and how the parents will make decisions about the child's welfare and education. Learn what you should think about when deciding on a parenting plan that is in the best interests of your child, what should be in your parenting plan, and how to write up your parenting plan.