Divorce Lawyer in Santa Barbara Compassionately Guides You Through the Process
Navigating California divorce law
Next to death, a divorce can be one of the most painful experiences a family endures. At McCleary (Mac) H. Sanborn, III, Attorney at Law I offer experienced and compassionate representation to you when you’re going through a divorce. I take the time to clearly explain your options so you know how best to proceed with your case. Several options are available. Each process involves different criteria and procedures. I offer sound legal assistance for you to determine which process works best for you and your family. The options in California include:
- Legal separation
- Summary dissolution
- Contested divorce
The grounds for legal separation are the same as those for dissolution of marriage. The issues are the same as well. The primary difference, however, is a legal separation is uncontested. Further, either party may amend the Petition for Legal Separation to a Dissolution of Marriage during the proceeding, After a Judgment of Legal Separation either party may petition to terminate the marriage by requesting a dissolution of marriage.
What is summary dissolution?
A summary dissolution is a divorce where certain criteria must be met:
- The marriage must have produced no children
- The marriage must have been less than five years old
- The wife must not be pregnant when divorce proceedings are begun
- The worth of the couple’s shared property must be less than $25,000
- The couple must not have accrued more than $4,000 in debt since the marriage began
Because of the lack of shared wealth and property and the absence of children, summary dissolution is an easier process than Dissolution of Marriage.
What is contested divorce?
A contested divorce occurs when a spouse disagrees. For example, one spouse demands full custody of a child. This is an emotionally draining type of divorce, one that can cause significant friction between spouses. All matters may be at issue: Child custody, visitation, child support, spousal support, property division and payment of attorney’s fees. A contested divorce is a daunting matter.
What issues should I consider when filing for divorce?
When you file for divorce, you are faced with a wide range of additional issues that you and your spouse must settle. These include:
As your divorce attorney, I provide trusted guidance throughout your divorce proceedings and throughout these other critical matters as well.