View Post

What is Divorce Mediation?

If you’re like many people, you’ve heard of divorce mediation—but what is it, and would it be the right choice for you and your spouse? What is Divorce Mediation? Divorce mediation is a way for you and your spouse to come together and decide the outcome of your divorce. It includes hiring a mediator—a neutral third party to your case—whose …

View Post

Let’s Talk About Spousal Support in Stockton, CA

When you’re divorcing your spouse, you have the right to ask for spousal support. While every case is different, and there’s no way to predict how a judge will rule in an individual case, chances are good that if you need spousal support, the state of California will award it to you. What is Spousal Support? Commonly called alimony, spousal …

View Post

How to Serve Divorce Papers in California

When you initiate the divorce process, you’re supposed to let your spouse know—and you do that by service. California law says that you must give the other party formal notice that you’ve begun the legal process; the legal way to do that is by having him or her served with a copy of the same paperwork you filed with the …

View Post

I Want a Divorce: Common Reasons Couples Split

“I want a divorce.” If you’re here, you’ve either said it or heard it very recently. And you’re not alone. Some of the most common reasons couples split up, whether they’re married or dating, may be affecting you—and it may make it easier on you to know that others have experienced something similar. In our practice as Stockton family law …

Divorce In California

Hi! I’m Anna Maples, attorney with the Family Advocacy Center.  Today, I want to talk about divorce in California. Before you can file for divorce in California, you have to live in California for at least six months and in your county for at least three months.  You also would need to know your date of marriage and date of separation. Before filing …