The PetitionYou or your spouse files a petition. You must be a CA resident of six months and three months within the county.
Amendments & ProcedureYou and your spouse must work through all the details together or through your lawyers.
Temporary OrdersUnder special circumstances and pending how amicable the separation is there may be grounds to file motions in court.
Custody, Support, Alimony & FeesYou and your spouse must come to an agreement on child rights, financial divisions and legal fees. All cost more as time prolongs.
Request for Order HearingYou and your spouse must set a date with the court to review your case.
Financial DisclosureYou must share with your spouse your current and most up to date financial situation.
California Discovery ProcessIf there are any areas of information that need to be requested or further reviewed now is the time.
Witnesses & ConsultantsThis is the moment to call forward any needed testimony or advisement of professionals.
Mediation/NegotiationAt this point prior to giving final judgement to the court, you and your spouse through your attorneys can mediate or negotiate final terms.