One of the first and most difficult questions a divorce client asks is “Can I make my spouse move out of the house?” This is understandable – when a marriage is no longer working and divorce is looming, you may no longer want to continue to living under the same roof with your spouse, and living in the same house will likely create more friction between the spouses. This can be especially challenging when the couple has minor children. Unfortunately, the answer to this question is usually disappointing to the client – you cannot force your spouse to move out of the family home absent abuseRead More →

Question: My spouse and I both agree we want a divorce, and we also have a domestic partnership; is there a quick and easy way to get end both? Answer: Yes, there is a quick and easy way to obtain a divorce and terminate your domestic partnership all at once, called “summary dissolution,” if you and your spouse meet certain requirements.   In California, if you qualify for a summary dissolution, you will not have to talk to a judge and can complete your divorce with a one-time filing with the court of a single set of documents. Your divorce will become final automatically sixRead More →

Question: My partner and I both agree we want to terminate our domestic partnership; is there a quick and easy way to terminate our domestic partnership? Answer: Yes, there is a quick and easy way to terminate your domestic partnership, called “summary dissolution,” if you and your partner meet certain requirements. In California, if you qualify for a summary dissolution, you will not have to talk to a judge and can terminate your domestic partnership with a one-time filing with the Secretary of State. Your partnership will automatically be terminated six months after your file your Notice of Termination of Domestic Partnership. After these sixRead More →

Question: My spouse and I both agree we want a divorce, and we really do not have any assets or debts; isn’t there a quick and easy way to get divorced without all the usual hassle? Answer: Yes, there is a quick and easy way to obtain a divorce, called “summary dissolution,” if you and your spouse meet certain requirements.   In California, if you qualify for a summary dissolution, you will not have to talk to a judge and can complete your divorce with a one-time filing with the court of a single set of documents. Your divorce will become final automatically six monthsRead More →

Bifurcation of the status of the marriage (also called “status only dissolution”) is a process that allows the court to grant an early divorce and restore each spouse to their single status, before issues such as spousal and child support, child custody, and property division are decided. In simple terms, bifurcation is an early termination of the marital status, prior to finalization of property division. It is important to note that even if bifurcation of marital status is granted, you cannot obtain a divorce decree less than 6 months from the day the Respondent (the spouse who did not file for divorce) was served. RequirementsRead More →