Same-Sex Divorce in California: Important Information for Protecting Your Best Interests
The decision to end a marriage is never easy. If you are considering filing for a same-sex divorce, we can help you. At the Pedrick Law Group, we understand how California divorce laws apply to same-sex divorces. A family law attorney from our office can provide the representation you need for the best outcome possible. To learn more about how we can help you, contact us today for a free case evaluation.
Common Causes of Divorce
There are various reasons why people divorce. Life challenges throughout the years can cause a couple to grow apart. Among the most common causes of divorce are:
- Domestic violence
- Financial problems
- Substance abuse
Some couples simply fall out-of-love. Research shows that remaining in an unhappy marriage can negatively affect your mental and emotional state. An unhappy marriage can also have a negative impact on children.
No matter why you choose to pursue a divorce, our team will stand by you. From possible mediation to protecting your best interests, we will provide strong and caring legal representation for you.
California is a no-fault state when it comes to divorce. State law does not require that the party filing for divorce prove fault with their spouse. There are three ways to end a marriage or domestic relationship in California:
- Legal separation
If you and your spouse are both married and have a registered domestic partnership, you may qualify for a summary dissolution. Specific requirements for a summary dissolution include:
- Married less than five years
- No children, either born or adopted
- Do not own land or buildings
- Do not own debts of more than $6,000
When it comes to filing for a summary dissolution, residency is an important issue. For example, you or your spouse must have lived in California for the last 6 months. You must reside within the county where you file for the dissolution for at least the past three months.
These and other complex legal issues can leave you feeling overwhelmed, confused, and anxious. Take a deep breath and seek help from our team. Let us review your information and handle the legal details. By securing legal representation from the Pedrick Law Group, you can focus on other matters during this stressful time.
The Pedrick Law Group will work with you to identify whether a summary dissolution is the right path for ending your marriage and partnership.
Types of Issues Possible in a Same-Sex Divorce
Same-sex couples facing a divorce are not without issues faced by other couples. If you are in a same-sex marriage and considering divorce, your key issues may involve:
- Child support
- Child custody and visitation
- Spousal support
- Division of community and separation of property
Division of financial assets, like that of a — 401(k) retirement fund — are extremely important matters in a same-sex divorce. At the Pedrick Law Group, we can address any legal issues you may face when it comes to making important financial decisions.
Hiring a California LGBT divorce lawyer is a proactive way to protect your best interests. If your partner is reluctant to divorce, their reluctance has no impact on you pursuing legal action, other than to make a difficult time harder for everyone.
Issues involving child support and child custody are especially emotional. Our team can guide you to resources that can help your child or children adjust to the changes a divorce brings to their lives.
Reaching out to our team sooner rather is best for your case. A member of our team needs time to carefully review information about your marriage. Financial documents, property listings, and other important information can help us get started on your divorce.
Taking the first initial step toward a possible divorce is sometimes scary. We acknowledge that this is a decision you did not make lightly. If you are in a same-sex marriage that is on a path to divorce, we are here for you. Our free case evaluation opens the door to the legal help you need, when you need it most.
Your Orange County Same-Sex Divorce Lawyer
A divorce is an emotional and stressful time in your life. As family law attorneys, we understand the toll a divorce can place on your mental, emotional, and physical health. We strive to deliver quality customer service to our clients, from open communication to timely updates regarding your divorce.
Having a member of our team by your side throughout the process assures you are not alone. California divorce laws regarding same-sex divorce are sometimes complicated, depending upon the details. For example, property ownership and child custody issues can complicate your divorce, especially if your partner challenges both issues.
At the Pedrick Law Group, we take great pride regarding our practical approach to managing divorce cases. We are highly skilled in mediation aimed at reaching an agreement and, if necessary, highly skilled at reaching fair settlements.
While the outcome of your case will depend upon the specific details of your divorce, we are here for you. Divorce is a serious legal matter that requires a dedicated focus to state laws and processes. Our team has the experience necessary to handle your case effectively and professionally.
California laws regarding same-sex marriages and divorces continue to evolve. Our team stays abreast of any legal developments that can impact your case.
Dividing money, fighting for custody, and separating property are all common components of same-sex divorces. If mediation for an agreeable resolution is not possible, we will fight on your behalf for the outcome you desire.
The Pedrick Law Group has an extensive history of helping Orange County and Irvine same-sex couples with divorce. If you are seeking a divorce from your same-sex partner, let us help you. Contact us online or call us at 949-388-8682 for a free case evaluation to start your journey toward a happier future.