Are you considering a divorce in Carlsbad, Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe, Oceanside, Vista or Escondido? What are the basics you need to know about a Carlsbad divorce? What actions should you consider and what are some of the things to avoid?
Each divorce is unique to the circumstances surrounding the parties. If you are served divorce papers it is important to take the matter seriously. You can’t ignore simply ignore them. California is a “no fault” divorce state which means the parties do not have to prove fault or any reason for the divorce. The court will presume “irreconcilable differences” and is generally not interested in the circumstances which led to the divorce unless domestic violence is present.
You have a serious legal and financial obligation to complete your disclosures accurately, fully, truthfully and in a timely manner. It is in your best interests to do so. Our courts deal harshly with those who attempt to misrepresent assets, income or debts as well as those who attempt to hide them. You need to learn about the “Date Of Separation” and when you can and should open a separate account and when you shouldn’t.
It is in your best interests to avoid social media and electronic communications during the course of a divorce. If you think social media and associated messenger service is private think again. More than half of the divorces in the United States and and here in California involve evidence based upon social media, texting and e-mail. It’s helpful to imagine that everything you are writing will be read by a judge, your family and friends, clergy and ultimately broadcast on local news for all the world to see.
These are some of the basics you need to know about a Carlsbad divorce. In the majority of divorce cases in California and here in North County San Diego, the parties initially attempt to handle the divorce on their own. More than half of these cases wind up taking more than a year and the majority of parties wind up retaining counsel down the road.
Divorce is obviously a substantial and complex process with important family and monetary consequences. You will need the sound advice and counsel of an experienced Carlsbad divorce attorney who can guide you through the process, reduce some of the mental and emotional burden of divorce and protect you from being pressured into agreeing to something which isn’t in your best interests.
The partners at Burke & Domercq are California Certified Specialists in Family Law and each have decades of experience in Carlsbad family courts.
If you and your former spouse are pretty much in agreement on how things should go our cost-effective divorce services can help to make sure your agreements are memorialized, and that your paperwork is properly structured (and enforceable). If there are areas of genuine disagreement between you and your spouse it is important to learn about options such as mediation and other strategies which help to resolve important issues while protecting your goals and interests.
What are some more of the basics you need to know about a Carlsbad divorce? We invite you to review the strong recommendations of our clients and the legal industry and contact Burke & Domercq or call 760-434-3330 to schedule an appointment.