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Top Los Angeles Divorce Lawyer: Stephen L. Cawelti
Divorce can be an extremely difficult time in a person’s life. To add to the stress, the process of divorce and its terminology can be intimidating and confusing. With so much at stake, it is important for you to have a divorce attorney who will guide you through the California divorce process and protect your interests.
Los Angeles divorce lawyer Stephen Cawelti was named by Pasadena Magazine as one of the top divorce attorneys in the area for the past 6 years. He has advocated and protected the interests of hundreds of individuals going through divorce in Los Angeles and is prepared to guide and advocate for you through your divorce.
Our office, located in Burbank, is a short drive from Glendale, Pasadena & the greater Los Angeles area.
California Divorce Process
California is a “No Fault” divorce state, which means that the individual who asks for the divorce does not have to prove that the other partner did anything wrong. To get a “No Fault” divorce, one partner has to state that the couple has “irreconcilable differences” or other grounds.
- One spouse files for divorce and serves the other spouse (the respondent) with the court papers. The respondent has 30 days to file a response to the divorce petition.
- The spouses then exchange necessary information and documents that are relevant to the divorce proceedings. This will include the Preliminary Declaration of Disclosure (required forms that disclose each of the spouse’s finances).
- The spouses and their divorce attorneys meet and discuss a settlement agreement. If a settlement is reached, a contract will be drawn up and signed. If an agreement on all issues cannot be reached, the case will go to trial.
- Once the agreement has been signed or after the trial has concluded, a Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage document containing all of the court’s orders will be prepared, signed and entered into the court record.
Want to Avoid Court? A Divorce Lawyer Can Help
Divorce comes with a lot of decisions. Property division, child custody, child support and alimony can often be points of disagreement for couples who are splitting. Disagreements are normal, but settling disagreements in court does not have to be your only option You can save significant time, money and emotional stress by resolving disagreements outside of court with the help of a Los Angeles divorce lawyer.
California Residency Requirements
In order to get a divorce in California, you have to meet California’s residency requirements. The law requires that either you OR your spouse must have lived in California for the past 6 months AND also have lived in the county where you plan to file for the divorce for the past 3 months.
If you or your spouse have lived in California for at least 6 months but have lived in different counties (for at least 3 months), you have the option to file in either county.
Divorce comes with a lot of decisions. Property division, child custody, child support and alimony can often be points of disagreement for couples who are splitting. Disagreements are normal, and settling disagreements in court does not have to be your only option. You can save significant time, money and emotional stress by resolving disagreements outside of court with the help of a Los Angeles divorce lawyer.
An Experienced Divorce Lawyer is Critical
Stephen L. Cawelti
Serving Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena & the Greater Los Angeles Area