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.
Ready to file for divorce? Schedule an initial consultation.
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
- 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:
Call The Buncher Law Corporation at (949) 536-7500.
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.
Give us a call to learn more about filing for divorce in Orange County.