Marriage Dissolution in Irvine
Helping Clients Navigate Divorce throughout Orange County
The Neshanian Law Firm, Inc provides knowledgeable representation to clients throughout the region in divorce matters. A compassionate lawyer and experienced negotiator, Attorney Amy Neshanian understands the fear and uncertainty that her clients are experiencing, and she makes every reasonable effort to effectively and efficiently resolve your case through settlement negotiations.
However, if the other spouse refuses to enter into negotiations in good faith, fails to disclose assets, is unreasonable and uncooperative, or if there is a history of domestic violence in the marriage, our lawyers possess the necessary litigation experience to fight and protect your best interests.
What You Can Expect
During your consultation, we will meet with you to obtain a clear understanding of your needs, concerns, and goals, identify potentially contentious issues, and review potential strategies that may be utilized to obtain a fair and just outcome on your behalf. We also offer free 15 minute phone consultations.
Dedicated to providing personalized, quality representation, Irvine divorce attorney Amy Neshanian strives to ensure that you are fully informed as to all of your options and potential results, thereby enabling you to make intelligent and educated decisions.
Grounds for Divorce in California
Because California is a no-fault state, it is not necessary for you to provide a reason for the end of your marriage. You only need to state that there are “irreconcilable differences” between you and your spouse, and that there is absolutely no chance of the two of you reuniting. Fault may be considered in certain circumstances, however, such as deciding upon the division of property or awarding spousal support.
You must also fulfill the residency requirement. In California, you must have been a resident for at least six months, as well as a resident of the county where you will be filing for at least three months, all before you can file for divorce.
How Long Does It Take to Finalize a Divorce?
The answer to this lies primarily in each case’s circumstances. It is not easy to put a specific timeline, as one case may have very issues and thus be resolved relatively quickly, in as few as six months. In other scenarios, one case could last up to a year or more when both spouses are unable to come to an agreement on their settlement. At the very least, both parties are required to wait at least six months from the time the receiving spouse responds after being served the divorce papers.
Is California a 50/50 Divorce State?
California is a community property state, which means that all property acquired during the marriage is to be owned equally by both spouses, regardless of who earned it or whose name is on the title.
This means that, generally, when a couple divorces in California, the property will be divided equally. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. For example, property acquired before the marriage or after the separation is not considered community property and will not be divided equally.
Additionally, the court may order a different property division if it finds it equitable to do so.
If you are considering divorce in California, speaking with our divorce lawyer to discuss your situation and understand the laws that apply to your divorce case is essential.
Providing Strong Legal Representation
California is a no-fault state. Under California law, parties may dissolve their marriage or domestic partnership solely on the basis of irreconcilable differences. It is no longer necessary to prove that one spouse engaged in illicit or wrongful activity to obtain a divorce. The term “irreconcilable differences” simply means that the spouses no longer get along with each other. Either party may end the marriage, even without the consent of the other.
The Neshanian Law Firm, Inc represents clients in a broad range of cases, including the following:
- Contested divorces
- Uncontested divorces
- Dissolution of domestic partnerships
- High-asset, complex divorces
- Same-sex divorce cases
- Uncontested divorces
An annulment may be granted when requested as long as specific conditions are met. For additional information regarding obtaining an annulment, please contact Irvine divorce attorney Amy Neshanian by calling (949) 577-7935 to schedule a consultation and obtain answers.
If you and your spouse entered into a domestic partnership prior to marriage, it will be necessary to formally dissolve the domestic partnership in accordance with state requirements prior to filing for divorce.
Remember that under California law, when seeking an annulment, dissolution of a domestic partnership, or a divorce, at least one party to the action must be a state resident for six months prior to filing legal action.
Contact Our Irvine Divorce Attorneys for a Personal Consultation
Whether you wish to file an annulment, dissolve a domestic partnership, or obtain a divorce, Attorney Amy Neshanian is here to help you and provide effective, caring legal representation. We can also help with matters related to divorce, including legal separation, child support, post judgement modification, spousal support, property division, civil harassment restraining orders, and more. The Neshanian Law Firm, Inc can guide you through the process and actively strive to ensure that your best interests are defended.
For immediate assistance, call (949) 577-7935. Devoted solely to the practice of family law, our attorneys have been successfully representing clients who live in Irvine and the surrounding communities since 2005. As results-oriented lawyers, we can fight vigorously on your behalf and work to ensure that you receive the highest-quality legal counsel and representation.
Call (949) 577-7935today to obtain answers to all of your divorce and family law-related questions.