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Divorce Process in California

Hands-On Guidance from Our Dedicated Attorneys

Steps in the California Divorce Process

When starting the divorce process, it’s important that you have a firm understanding of what it entails. If you’re contemplating divorce or have just been handed divorce papers, it’s imperative that you retain representation from Cage & Miles. Our priority is to discuss every aspect of your divorce to ensure that you are empowered to make the best possible decision for your future.

At Cage & Miles, we take the time to talk about your goals and your family’s needs. We are backed by years of experience helping clients handle even the most complex divorce cases and we devote our time and energy to providing the service and counsel you need and deserve.

When it comes to divorce, California is a “no-fault” state, which means that spouses do not need to have grounds for divorce. When filing for divorce, you can cite “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for terminating the marriage. Under “no-fault” divorce laws, one spouse can end the marriage, even if the other does not.


Our firm can assist in the following steps of the divorce process:

  • Filing & serving the divorce petition. In this, you'll need to include information about your children, grounds for filing, child support, spousal support, and details about your assets. The petition must be filled out accurately and include all the necessary details.
  • Requesting temporary court orders for child custody, visitation, and/or support. You'll attend a hearing where a judge will decide whether temporary orders should be issued.
  • Exchanging information and documents that are relevant to your divorce - also known as the discovery process. During this, attorneys for each party investigate and review all divorce documents. Sometimes, expert witnesses are brought in to help with the discovery, including specialists such as forensic accountants, appraisers, vocational examiners, etc.
  • Settlement negotiations or trial. Most couples will negotiate a divorce settlement or attend mediation to work out their disputes. If an agreement cannot be reached through these options, then parties will likely proceed to a trial.

Moving Forward in Difficult Times

In California, there is a mandatory 6-month waiting period before a judge can approve a divorce. If you have reached a settlement relatively quickly in your divorce, your divorce will not be final until this waiting period is over. The waiting period begins the day your divorce petition is served.

Our lawyers understand the stress and anxiety associated with the divorce process. Our goal is to provide you with the best possible legal representation to help you put your best foot forward during divorce proceedings. As our client, you can trust that we possess the experience, depth, and knowledge necessary to successfully handle such sensitive issues. Visit our FAQ page for additional questions.


Divorce: The Process

We know that no two cases are the same and that there are no “cookie-cutter” solutions to any problem. This is why the family lawyers at Cage & Miles always apply our full attention and knowledge to every case we take on, ensuring that your matter has the attention it needs.

Cage & Miles exclusively focuses on family law and divorce. Because of this, we have an in-depth knowledge of the unique issues that a family can face when they are going through a stressful legal matter. We're dedicated to maintaining an in-depth knowledge of the law and work closely with your family to find solutions that address your issues and help save you the stress of highly emotional issues.


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