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Orange County Divorce Attorney

Protecting Your Rights & Interests

At The Buncher Law Corporation, our job as family law attorneys is to help our clients navigate the divorce process as successfully as possible. Divorce is often known to be the most stressful event in a person's life, especially when the divorce was unexpected or involves dramatic changes to the children in the marriage. We recognize that each aspect of a divorce presents its own unique challenges to you and your family. We know that at the heart of each case is a client who is in need of assistance in dealing with the way family law impacts their life.

Each case can be an emotional and challenging process; we are here to assist you with integrity, compassion, and a personal touch all the way. We provide highly skilled and competent legal representation at a reasonable fee. Our firm recognizes that each client has a unique set of circumstances and we work to quickly and successfully resolve their family law issues. We will work to identify our client's needs, maintain contact with them, and protect their interests.

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What Happens During the Divorce Process in California?

The divorce action is begun with the filing and service of the Summons and Petition for Dissolution in your county of residence. If it is necessary to have the court set the temporary terms and conditions regarding children or finances, the parties are to follow during the pendency of the divorce action, then an Order to Show Cause for Temporary Order and an Affidavit for Temporary Order will be filed concurrently with the Summons and Petition, or shortly thereafter.

Prior to the first hearing, you will need:

  • A completed financial statement (Referred to as a Declaration of Income and Expenses)
  • Copies of your wage statements for the previous eight weeks
  • Federal and state tax returns for the previous two years

The draft financial statement form should be forwarded to your attorney as soon as possible after the filing of the action, but no later than one week before the first hearing to allow time for verification, corrections, and typing. Whether or not there is the first hearing in your case, the financial disclosure statement must be prepared within 90 days of the start of the action.

If a settlement cannot be worked out, the case will ultimately need to be tried. The trial may be on all issues in your case, or just one or more limited issues that could not be settled. Some attorneys are afraid to try cases. Others want to try them to generate more fees. Whether we recommend trial simply depends upon your specific situation.

Enforcing Orders of Contempt

If either you or your spouse fail to abide by any court order including temporary orders made by the court (for example, failure to pay child support or refusal to grant visitation), the court may be asked to hold the offending spouse “in contempt” and to impose appropriate sanctions (punishment). Contempt actions are very serious, as they are quasi-criminal in nature, and can result in fines and imprisonment. You should inform your attorney immediately if your spouse does not follow through on any orders of the court.

Divorce Mediation: An Effective Alternative to Divorce

Mediation is an option to try and settled a contested divorce outside of the court room. We are often successful in settling a case without the added cost of a mediator. However, when necessary, they can be a better alternative to litigation in many cases.

Mediation utilizes a neutral third-party specially trained to assist parties in reaching agreements on:

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If you would like more information about the divorce process and how we can assist you, our Irvine divorce lawyers can help you become better informed about your rights and options. We are here to help in any way that we can, and are available to serve clients throughout Orange County.

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