It’s no secret that divorces are difficult. Emotions can run quite high. Today, in the era of no-fault divorce, if children are involved, or if significant assets and properties are in dispute, it’s imperative to stay focused on settling the issues rather than expressing the emotions. If you are divorcing in Orange County or elsewhere in southern California, work from the beginning with an experienced California attorney whose practice focuses exclusively on family law. Contact an experienced Orange County divorce lawyer to discuss dissolution or to learn about alternatives to annulment.

It’s now been 46 years since California Governor Ronald Reagan signed into law a measure, the Family Law Act of 1969, making California the nation’s first no-fault dissolution state. Prior to 1969, in all fifty states, one spouse essentially “sued” the other for divorce, claiming that one or more acts constituted “grounds” for annulment. No-fault divorce changes all of that. Under no-fault dissolution laws, if one spouse wants a dissolution, nothing has to be proven, and there’s ultimately no way the other spouse can prevent the dissolution. Divorce is never easy, but the Family Law Act made divorce proceedings somewhat less contentious, because it’s no longer necessary to prove that one spouse did anything providing “grounds” for annulment.

No-fault dissolution is not a perfect system, but no one really wants to return to forcing people to remain married against their will. Since California pioneered no-fault dissolution in 1969, every state in the nation now allows for it. In any dissolution settlement, your future is genuinely at stake, so you must ensure that your legal rights and your long-term best interests are protected. Let an experienced Orange County divorce lawyer handle your dissolution and advocate aggressively on your behalf. If you are divorcing in southern California, now or in the future, make the call and obtain the help you need.

By: Bayati Brian

Brian A. Bayati has been named three times as a top Orange County divorce attorney by OC Metro Magazine. He graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he was a judicial extern to the U.S. Court of Appeals (9th Circuit) and a public service mediator. Prior to founding Bayati Law Group, he was part of a civil litigation firm with offices across the nation. Bayati Law Group focuses exclusively on the practice of family law.