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In the unfortunate event that irreconcilable differences have arisen between you and your spouse that makes your marriage impossible to continue, you may petition the Superior Court of California for a dissolution of marriage order, more commonly known as a divorce. Unlike some states in the Union, California is a "no-fault" divorce state, meaning a person can be divorced from their spouse for any reason whatsoever and does not need to prove that their husband or wife was unfaithful, neglectful or intolerably cruel. Whatever their cause, divorce cases, especially those involving child custody and dividing property that has been accumulated by the married couple over many years is one of the most emotionally charged and heartbreaking areas of law.
When a couple goes through a divorce, under California's community property laws, most property that was obtained during the marriage (such as land, financial accounts, businesses, and vehicles) must be equally divided by the spouses. The issue of which spouse pays which debts obtained during the marriage is also decided as well. In addition, temporary or permanent spousal support (better known as alimony) can be assigned depending on the income of the spouses, or the income they could potentially make. It is during these times that former spouses can behave at their absolute worst, trying to hide assets or income, or make off with the property of the marriage, or unfairly demand a greater share of the marital property goes to them.
Because divorce is such an emotionally-trying ordeal, it is important to have an experienced family law attorney on your side to help ease the already-heavy burdens and to uphold your rights so that you are not taken advantage of. The seasoned attorneys at the Law Office of Scott Lyons Attorney at Law are here to offer such assistance and counsel during these trying times. For over twenty-eight years the Law Office of Scott Lyons has served the residents of Tulare and Kings County in divorce matters. If you are a resident of Tulare or Kings county facing the prospect of divorce and do not believe you can reconcile with your spouse, and you wish to understand your legal rights and responsibilities, please call (559) 636-8122 to schedule a free consultation today.