Divorce is, more often than not, a complex and overwhelming process. Not only do people manage significant changes in their daily life, but they also have important decisions to make about child custody, property division and debt. The Law Office of Layla Summers aims to help make these decisions easier and the process smoother, allowing you to save your mental and emotional energy for adjusting to your new normal.

Important Things To Know About Divorce In California

The procedures for filing for divorce are governed by state law. In California, there are a few important laws to keep in mind:

  • Six-month waiting period: If you are seeking a divorce, it will not be finalized until six months after you provide your spouse with the divorce paperwork (or the first time your spouse appears in court, whichever comes first). A judge can stop divorce proceedings if they think there is a reasonable possibility that the two of you will work things out.
  • "No-fault" grounds for divorce: Neither spouse needs to point to a specific thing their partner has done wrong in order to obtain a divorce. Instead, in most cases, the parties cite "irreconcilable differences," which simply means there is no chance the couple will work out their issues.
  • Contested vs. uncontested divorce: In an uncontested divorce, both spouses agree that divorce is the right path, while also agreeing on major issues such as division of assets and child custody. Spouses who cannot agree on the major issues pursue a contested divorce, which is more complicated. Uncontested divorce works well for couples who can support themselves on their own, and there are no large assets to deal with. High-asset or high net worth divorces are often contested because, financially, there is more at stake.

Any divorce involves a tremendous amount of time, preparation and paperwork. You likely have many questions. With over 10 years of experience in family law, attorney Layla Summers has the skills and dedication to guide anyone through the process.

Contact The Firm

No matter where you are in the process of getting a divorce, it is important to seek the advice of a lawyer. In her practice, Layla Summers provides clients with intelligent answers and compassionate advice. To schedule an appointment, call the firm's offices in Culver City at 310-874-4088. You can also send a message online via the contact page.