Costa Mesa Divorce Attorney

Compassionate and Reliable Divorce Lawyer in Irvine, CA

If you are considering divorce in Costa Mesa, it is crucial that you explore all your options and potential outcomes. If you're considering divorce or have already begun the divorce process, you probably have more questions than answers. Divorce considerations range from the need to go to court to hiring an attorney, as well as how you will manage your finances after the divorce.

Divorce can be a difficult process mentally and emotionally. Depending on the cooperation of your spouse, the filing process could take months. Attorney Joyce Komanapalli Jones is an experienced divorce attorney who will take a compassionate and personalized approach to your case. She will work individually with you from the filing process to the negotiations process in and out of the courtroom.

Contact us today or call us at (949) 264-0323 to speak with our Costa Mesa divorce lawyer.

What Happens When Filing for Divorce?

The divorce process begins when a spouse files the specific divorce forms with the court, particularly:

  • The Petition – Marriage/Domestic Partnership giving the court basic information about the marriage and/or domestic partnership and asking for the orders they want the court to make.
  • The Summons – contains important information for the other partner about the divorce process and standard restraining orders limiting what they can do with their property, money, children, and other assets or debts.

Depending on the case, the petitioner may also seek to file a Property Declaration form and, if they have children under the age of 18, a Declaration Under Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA).

After filling out the forms, the petitioner should turn in the forms (originals and copies) to the court clerk, who, after approval, will take the original and return the copies stamped “Filed.” Note that the petitioner will have to pay a filing fee, depending on the nature of the complaint.

How Are Divorce Papers Served?

One of the most important steps during the divorce process is serving the other spouse. The petitioning spouse must inform their partner that they have started the legal process for divorce by “serving” them with copies of all their court papers. The judge cannot make any orders or judgments in the divorce case until the spouse has been properly served.

To serve their spouse, the petitioner may have someone 18 or older to deliver a copy of the papers to their spouse or domestic partner. The “server” can be a friend, relative, county sheriff, or process server.

The subsequent steps in the divorce process will depend on whether the spouse responds to the petition and whether they can reach an agreement on the terms of the divorce. It is best to consult a divorce attorney to better streamline the filing process and any necessary communication between the separating spouses, especially when sensitive negotiations loom ahead involving matters like child custody and alimony.

Contested vs. Uncontested Divorce

In matters of divorce, decisions are seldom easily made. Getting a divorce requires compromise on many issues including asset and debt division, child support and custody, alimony, among many other matters. Sometimes these compromises are amicably made and others, there may be arguments back and forth about what is the right choice. Whether the couple is able to agree on major issues or not can affect the time it takes for the divorce to be finalized.

  • Uncontested divorce: the couple agrees on most issues and are able to come to their own conclusion. Uncontested divorces are often quicker than contested divorce and likely won’t require a trial.

  • Contested divorce: the couple is unable to agree on the terms of their divorce and must be settled in court by a judge. Contested divorce is sometimes unavoidable and can take a considerably longer time to be finalized.

Contested divorce is often emotionally charged. Having experienced Costa Mesa divorce attorney by your side to fight for you is crucial to ensuring you get the best possible outcome. Our team is well-experienced in divorce proceedings and are here to support and help you.

Speak with Attorney Jones in a free consultation at (949) 264-0323 or online to learn more about how she can protect your rights as a spouse during divorce.

What are the Residency Requirements to File for Divorce in California?

To file for divorce in California, at least one spouse must be a resident of the state for 6 months or 180 days. It is not necessary to file for divorce based on a fault of the other spouse. That is, California is a “no-fault” divorce state, so divorce may be granted as long as the spouses cite irreconcilable differences have caused an irrevocable breakdown of their marriage (there is no potential for reconciliation). If a couple does seek to pursue fault-based divorce, the presence of fault might not necessarily determine the outcome of the divorce, but it may determine certain post-divorce settlements like property division or alimony.

Contact our Costa Mesa Divorce Attorney Today!

If you seek to file for divorce in Costa Mesa, consult an experienced divorce attorney immediately for legal guidance. The filing process can be nuanced, and even the smallest detail in a divorce form can impact the status of your case. Attorney Joyce Komanapalli Jones can take a look at your family’s situation and help you through the divorce process, from filing to serving to negotiating post-divorce settlements.

Schedule a free consultation with the Law Offices of Joyce Komanapalli Jones online or by phone at (949) 264-0323 to get started on your Costa Mesa divorce today.

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Why Choose the Law Offices of Joyce Komanapalli Jones

  • Experienced

    Attorney Joyce Komanapalli Jones has over 15 years of experience. She is committed to promoting peace, stability, and freedom for individuals and families throughout California while guiding them through the complexities of the legal system.

  • Responsive

    Communication is a key differentiator in our practice. We want you to feel informed about the status of your case every step of the way. Our goal is to never leave you guessing on where we are at with your case.

  • Personal Attention

    We sit down with every client to give them the personal attention their case needs. We want to build a relationship with you and understand the importance of fostering a comfortable environment.

Awarded & Top Rated

  • AVVO Client's Choice
  • Top Rated Lawyer 2020
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