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Filing for Divorce in Orange County CA

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When a couple reaches the point at which the marriage has come to an end and divorce is imminent, it is important to seek counsel from a specialized attorney to navigate the legal system. At Bremer Whyte Brown & O'Meara, our team of professionals in Newport Beach can guide you through every step of this process.

Do you have questions about how to file for divorce in Orange County, CA? Call (949) 229-8546 to schedule a consultation at our firm today.

What Is a Marital Dissolution?

A divorce is a legal dissolution of a marriage by a court or other appointed entity. Each state has its own laws which apply to the dissolution of a marriage. While courts will often use “marital dissolution” and “divorce” interchangeably, it is important to know the law and divorce process that applies to your specific location.

California No-Fault Divorce

In California, you can file for a divorce if you claim “irreconcilable differences” with your spouse or domestic partner. Because there is no “guilty” party, California is known as a “no-fault” divorce state.

Divorce can typically involve the following matters:

All cases have the potential to become extremely complex, costly, and time-consuming. Feeling weighed down with the emotional stress of having to sift through the relationship is not uncommon.

    The Orange County Divorce Process

    Contested divorces are when the parties cannot come to a mutual agreement on some aspects of the divorce. These divorces often require spouses to go through numerous steps before the marriage can be ended. Our lawyers know just how much this can complicate the proceedings and extend the divorce process significantly. This can lead to increased hardships and increased legal fees, which is why we work hard to simplify and expedite the divorce process in Orange County for each of our clients.

    Steps in the Orange County Divorce Process:

    • Divorce Petition – Preparing, filing, and serving a divorce petition, which is a legal document requesting the divorce and stating the grounds for the marriage to be dissolved
    • Discovery – The divorce discovery process, which includes gathering information from your spouse and witnesses
    • Attorney Consultation – An initial consultation with and hiring of a divorce lawyer
    • Motions & HearingsPre-trial motions and hearings
    • Settlements & Negotiations – Settlements and negotiations between legal counsel on matters such as child custody and visitation rights, spousal support, property division, and other relevant matters
    • Litigation – Family court trial
    • Appeals – Appealing court decisions

    Orange County Uncontested Divorce

    An uncontested divorce can result in a quicker and less costly process for terminating a marriage when the parties are in agreement regarding all terms of the divorce and are able to work amicably toward a mutually agreeable resolution.

    In Orange County, uncontested divorce requires complete agreement between the two spouses on every aspect of their divorce, including division of property, child and spousal support, and custody/visitation rights.

    An uncontested divorce allows spouses to skip costly courtroom litigation by completing all required documents out-of-court. An attorney can be retained to assist with preparation of these documents in order to prevent errors. Then, the spouses simply need to appear before a judge to have their divorce agreement entered.

    Uncontested divorces can be finalized in as short as six months.

    Call Our Newport Beach Office to Consult a Lawyer

    From the outset of separation, having an attorney in your corner to assist in protecting your rights and, in the event there are children, to ensure that the children’s best interests are properly considered and weighed is essential. Our experienced attorneys can advocate for your interests while we ensure that your dissolution process is handled in the most amicable, expeditious, and cost-effective manner possible.

    Have someone looking out for your best interests during a divorce. Call our Newport Beach office at (949) 229-8546 today.

    Why Hire Bremer Whyte Brown & O'Meara, LLP?

    • Experience with Complex, High-Value Cases

    • Highly Awarded by Prestigious Associations

    • Thoughtful, Competent Representation

    • Four Certified Family Law Specialists

    • Experienced Trial Attorneys

    • 70+ Years of Combined Experience