Three important steps in the divorce process
In California, no one goes into a marriage expecting it to end in divorce, but unfortunately, it does happen. If you are going through a divorce, it is important to make sure you are taking the necessary steps.
Original petition for divorce
This document officially starts your divorce case and sets out the grounds for the divorce as well as what you are asking for from the court. It includes your contact information and that of your spouse. You will need to file this document with the court and send a copy to your spouse, known as the respondent.
Temporary divorce orders
A judge then reviews your petition and determines whether to issue temporary divorce orders. These orders will set out things like who gets to stay in the family home, how much child support and spousal support gets paid, and who pays which bills. You will need to follow these orders until a court issues a final decree of divorce.
Discovery is a process where you and your spouse exchange information about the divorce. This includes things like financial information, documents related to the marriage, and any agreements you have made regarding child custody or support.
You can do this either through written requests called interrogatories or by asking for documents and testimony in person at a deposition. The goal of discovery is to make sure both sides have all the information they need to come to an agreement or go to trial.
The process of getting a divorce can be difficult, but knowing what to expect can help make things a little easier. If you are considering a divorce, it is important to do your research on the process before you get started.