Every state has different regulations when it comes to divorce. There are great online resources to help you understand the laws and procedures for each state. It is always important to know what to expect when entering into a new situation. The more you know, the more equipped you will be to handle situations that come your way with ease and preparedness. Divorce can be messy, especially when there are children involved, or when there is disagreement beyond resolution. A resource to help you understand the process of getting a divorce in California and what is involved (or in any other state) can be found here at California Courts.
Here is a roundup of some helpful resources:
How to file in CA
Calculator for Child Support in CA
List of local Child Support Agencies
Tips to help find a Lawyer
California is no fault state, which means there does not need to be evidence of mistreatment to file for divorce, the existence of irreconcilable differences is sufficient. In order to file for a divorce one must have been a resident of California for at least six months. Otherwise, see rules and regulations from the previous state of residency. A divorce may become finalized in as little as six months and one day after a petition is filed, at the very least. However, often this process takes much more time than that. It will depend on how long it takes to settle the myriad of issues, such as child custody, child visitation, child support, spousal support, property division, valuation of assets, etc. Cooperation is imperative and will determine the finalization of the process.
Once the court signs a judgement to be complete, there are certain terms such as division of property and orders regarding attorney fees that cannot be changed. However, things like child support, custody, visitation and spousal support are items that can be modified over time. In regards to child custody, it is California law to determine what is in the best interest of the child. The wide acceptance is that the child is best served when both parents are actively supporting and nurturing the relationship with their children.
By law in California, both parents of a minor child have equal responsibility to support their child financially until the completion of 12th grade or age 19. Should a child become incapacitated, the responsibility is extended to provide for that child at any age. Depending on the age of the children when the divorce occurs, this process can go on for a very long time and cause a lot of unrest in the midst of trying to raise children.
The need for a system to track expenses and share child support with ease has been long overdue. Sharing child support takes cooperation, communication and focus on the child. To save yourself peace of mind and halt the constant battle over child support, whether you live in California or anywhere else across this nation, visit SupporPay. This system is set up to support you and your child, make your life easier, and allows for the fluidity of change in support that can occur as the child grows. Take the focus off the fight and put it back on the child.