Filing for Divorce in California
There is no reason why you should have to do it alone. At the San Francisco family law firm of Paul H. Nathan, we work hard to serve the women of our community who are looking for a fresh start by helping them through the process from filing for divorce through finalizing their divorce.
California is a "no fault" state, which means that in divorce proceedings, no one needs to try and prove that her spouse was in the wrong. When you file for "irreconcilable differences," that's your way of telling the court that no matter who is at fault, you two just can't get along for one reason or another.
Another important fact to remember is that both spouses do not have to agree that they want to divorce. If you want to divorce your husband, but he refuses to participate—that's too bad for him. Divorce only requires one spouse that says they no longer want to be married to the other person.
How the Divorce Process Works
If you decide that you want to move forward with filing for divorce, call attorney Paul Nathan for an initial consultation. If you get along well and you both agree that you'd like Mr. Nathan to handle your case, he will begin to prepare a petition and a summons and then file them with the clerk of the superior court in the county where you live. Once that paperwork is filed, your spouse must be served with copies of the petition and summons, as well as a blank response. This is your way of legally notifying your spouse that you've filed for divorce and that he has 30 days to file the response.
What your spouse fills out in the response will basically dictate how the rest of the divorce proceedings are going to go. He will indicate what issues he thinks need be to resolved by the court, such as child custody, spousal support, or division of the marital property. There is always a chance that Mr. Nathan and your husband's lawyer can help you reach an agreement before it ever has to go before a judge.
Do You Really Need a Divorce Lawyer?
You are not required to hire a lawyer to handle your divorce, but the benefits of having one are huge. The legal process is not always easy to understand and when important parts of your life are on the line, trying to deal with everything yourself can be overwhelming, to say the least.
Paul Nathan is there through the entire process to handle paperwork, disputes, and answer any and every question or concern you may have. He's not just there to represent you, but to also be sure you understand everything that is going on so that you feel comfortable and happy with every decision.
If you are thinking of filing for divorce, or already have and are seeking legal representation in San Francisco or Marin County, contact the Law Offices of Paul H. Nathan for a consultation by calling us at 415-341-1144.