How does the divorce process work in California?
There are several legal steps to the divorce process in California. Once a spouse decides to file for divorce, he or she will have to acquire and fill out all of the required forms, including any forms the local courts may require. Forms can typically be found on the government website or in the courthouse or county law library. Once filed, a non-involved third person will serve the divorce papers to the other spouse, or respondent. The respondent then must either file a response with the court or try to work out an agreement about the terms of the divorce with the original filer. The court must sign and approve a judgement in order for the couple to become officially divorced or legally separated. The divorce process can be complicated, especially when children are involved, so it’s best to speak with a lawyer before you file.