A dissolution of marriage legal matter (“divorce”) can often turn into an uncomfortable chapter of a person’s life. No two divorces will ever be exactly the same – each divorce matter has its own unique legal, financial, and/or parenting issues that require unique strategies to achieve the desired solutions. Although differences exist within each case, each case has available the same general stages that may have to be completed before complete resolution. While the same general stages exist, an experienced divorce attorney should know that a case strategy unique to each case is the first step towards resolving a divorce case effectively.

Generally speaking, there are two types of divorce: contested and uncontested. If the divorcing parties cannot come to an agreement as to the terms of their divorce, their case is generally referred to as a contested divorce. An uncontested divorce is generally one in which both parties agree on how the assets and debts are divided, who gets custody and pays child support, and whether spousal support is needed.

Like anything else, a divorce can be handled in various ways. Some parties elect to represent themselves, while others allow experienced counsel to handle the case on their behalf. How long the process takes, how costly it turns out, and the amount of stress involved are issues in control of which are the two parties involved.

Generally, a divorce starts with the filing of a Petition for dissolution of marriage. Depending on the pending issues, temporary orders may be necessary to establish handling of various issues between the time of filing and the final judgment in the case. Temporary orders or agreements may be used to establish temporary child custody, property division, use of the marital home, child support, spousal support and a wide range of other issues depending on the parties’ circumstances.

An important step in a divorce case is the disclosure phase. In California, both parties have a duty to disclose to the other their true and complete financial circumstances. This may include disclosure of income, assets, debts and business opportunities. The correct handling of the disclosure phase is critical to a party’s credibility and future financial security.

If the parties simply cannot come to an agreement regarding the terms of their divorce, the case may need to proceed to a trial. The family courts in the State of California are currently experiencing heavy burdens on their available resources due to their budgetary issues and the volume of cases pending. In Orange County, a trial date may not be scheduled as quickly as the parties or their attorneys would like – this is not the fault of the attorneys or the judicial officers. It should also be noted that trial can be strenuous on the parties due to the amount of time and effort required to effectively prepare a case for trial.

Proper handling of a divorce or custody case most often requires the expertise of an experienced family law attorney. At Bayati Law Group, our firm is solely dedicated to resolution of family law cases in Orange County, CA. At our retention, we invest the time required to understand our client, their family, the nature of the pending dispute, the other side, the kids, the finances and the available means of resolution. Each case is different, and we have the resources and experience to tailor the family law process to each client’s individual needs. If you or someone you know is need of experienced Orange County divorce or custody attorneys, contact Bayati Law Group for a consultation. We look forward to helping you.

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.