Eventually, as I develop the blog on this site, I hope to grow into a detailed resource that answers a lot of the questions clients tend to have when they are thinking about divorce. However, there are many great resources available on the internet right now that other attorneys have developed over the years.
This list provided below is simply to give you access to the background information that is necessary to make the most out of a meeting with an attorney. The more you understand the way the process works, the less time you have to spend having your attorney explain the process to you.
One detailed source that is available is the California Court Self Help Guide. It provides help with understanding what forms are necessary for various requests to the court. There are separate sections for helping you understand issues relating to families and children (including child support and child custody), divorce or separation, abuse and harassment (including domestic violence restraining orders), and changing your name.
Law Firm Dishon & Block provides a detailed divorce guide on their web site. The divorce guide walks through important issues to consider related to divorce or legal separation, child support, spousal support, and issues to consider to ensure that the process is as painless as possible for your children. You can jump to the specific area you are interested in learning about and find specific questions and answers to help you.
For information about California Domestic Partnerships, the National Center for Lesbian Rights provides California-specific information about Domestic Partnerships on their relationship recognition help page.
For a more detailed look at various legal issues that you may encounter in the divorce process, the law firm of Thurman Arnold maintains an in-depth legal blog. The web site also contains helpful family law forms and list of family law statutes you are likely to encounter.
If you face complicated issues related to your divorce, you are urged to contact an attorney who can help you navigate the process. California treats self-represented litigants the same as anyone represented by an attorney so you are expected to know all the complicated rules set forth in the rules of court, the family code, and the code of civil procedure.
Settling a case early can save you money on attorneys fees and the headaches of dealing with a trial before a judge. If you want an attorney who will help you reach a compromise that is good for both parties, call Paul D. McGuire at the Law Office of Paul D. McGuire to schedule a free consultation.