California Divorce Law

Los Angeles Divorce Attorney

Ready to File for Divorce in California?

If you are in the midst of a divorce or legal separation, you are likely experiencing uncertainty about the future and the impact your divorce will have on your family relationships. Divorce and legal separation can also create disagreements over the division of property, custody of children, and the amount of child support or spousal support that will be required.

These issues can be extremely difficult to navigate during the emotionally-charged process of divorce. Having the support, advocacy, and counsel of a trusted divorce attorney in Los Angeles will never be more important than during this sensitive and personal legal matter.

Step-by-Step Guidance Through the Divorce Process

Nathan W. Gabbard is an experienced Los Angeles divorce attorney and is here to walk you through the divorce process. He provides responsive legal services tailored to your needs, communicating with you using a personalized approach to help you understand your rights and options.

Backed by over 13 years of legal experience—and the qualifications of a Family Law Specialist certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization—this premier family law office brings legal excellence and superior service to everyone it represents in divorce cases and their attendant issues.

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Uncontested divorce

When both parties agree on all issues and terms of their dissolution of marriage and wish to memorialize it in the form of a default judgment.

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Contested Divorce

If spouses are unable to agree on some or all issues, then a judge will decide the issues after receiving tesimtony and evidence.

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Legal separation

Virtually all of the same legal issues as a divorce, except that the relationship status becomes that of a legally separated person instead of single.

Comprehensive Divorce Services in Los Angeles

Clients of this office include men and women with simple to complex estates in cases such as high net-worth divorces and matters involving family businesses and professional practices. This Los Angeles divorce lawyer serves clients’ best interests in mediation proceedings and other alternate dispute resolution methods. When negotiations appear futile, this office is prepared to zealously advocate for your rights.

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Annulment

A determination that the marriage was void or voidable and legally treated like it never existed, with some exceptions for putative spouses.

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Dissolution of Domestic Partnership

A divorce for RDPs with the same legal issues as a dissolution of marriage and resulting in a relationship status of single.

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Mediated divorce

A form of alternative dispute resolution where spouses engage the professional assistance of a neutral mediator to help reach resolutions.

Mediated Divorce

Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation

This law office dedicates its efforts to help you settle your divorce without protracted and stressful litigation. However, in cases where it becomes necessary, this Los Angeles divorce attorney is a highly-experienced trial lawyer who will aggressively protect your rights.

How Do I Get a Divorce in Los Angeles?

Make Sure You Meet the Requirements

Before you can file for divorce in California, you will need to verify that you and your spouse meet the following requirements:

You or your spouse must have been a California resident for at least six months prior to the divorce.
You or your spouse must have lived in the county where you plan to file for divorce for at least three months.

File the Required Paperwork

Once you are certain that you meet the state’s divorce requirements, you will then need to file the required paperwork (a Form FL-100, Petition for Dissolution, and a Form FL-110, Summons) with the court in your jurisdiction. If you have children together, you may need to complete additional forms.

After filing the paperwork, you or another adult (aged 18 or older) will need to serve your spouse with the divorce documents. Your spouse will need to respond within 30 days. If your spouse does not respond, the court may issue a default judgment.

Wait for Six Months

California has a mandatory six-month waiting period to allow spouses the opportunity to resolve their conflict and reconcile.

Receive a Judgment and Termination

After the six-month waiting period, the court will issue a judgment which will outline the division of assets, custody, and other terms.

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Residency Requirements

A person must have lived in the State of California for 6 months and the County in which the action is filed for 3 months prior to filing of the initial pleading for divorce.

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Alternative Pleading

A legal separation action may be commenced with alternative relief requested in the initial pleading to seek a divorce upon meeting residency requirements.

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Six Month Cooling

Even if all issues are resolved and memorialized in a judgment, a marital relationship will not be terminated sooner than 6 months.