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Seeking Divorce in Ventura?

Need Help with Filing for Divorce in California? Call Zahn Law Office!

Zahn Law Office has over 19 years of combined experience in providing legal representation for those facing divorce. There are many complex laws involved, so it is important that you have a divorce lawyer in Ventura that has the reputation and the experience, and that is what our team offers.

Why Zahn Law Office?

  • We have 19+ years of combined legal experience in divorce & family law.
  • We go through every detail in your case with a fine-toothed comb.
  • We offer creative solutions that are designed to meet your specific goals.
  • Paul Zahn has practiced family law and handled divorce in Ventura, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara Counties for over eight years

What Is the Divorce Process in CA?

To pursue a divorce in California, one spouse must have lived in the state for at least six months. A three-month or more residency in the specific county in which the paperwork is submitted is also required. Once the petition for divorce is filed, there is a mandatory six-month waiting period before it is finalized.

California's No-Fault Divorce Law

California is a no-fault divorce state, meaning neither party needs to prove the other is to blame for the end of the marriage. Either spouse is able to file for divorce at any time on the grounds of irreconcilable differences with no further explanation required.

California is also a community property state, meaning that all assets acquired during the marriage, including property, income, and personal funds, are considered community property equally owned by both spouses. Upon termination of the marriage, the court will attempt to divide these assets equally.

Call (805) 804-9100 to schedule your free, in-person consultation with our skilled Ventura divorce lawyers in Ventura.

The Importance of RepresentationSigning Divorce Papers

Even in amicable cases, divorce proceedings require seasoned legal counsel. With over 19 years of combined experience and hundreds of cases handled, our team is thoroughly experienced and prepared to protect you and your rights.

The manner in which the process unfolds can impact your life for years to come, such as in regards to:

How to Serve Divorce Papers in California

Serving divorce papers is especially tricky when you cannot find or cannot locate your spouse. This is a common issue that arises when parties who are long separated (often without children), when one spouse finds they may no longer know where the other side lives. The standard rule is that in order for a lawsuit to proceed, the Respondent must receive actual notice of the pendency of the action which has been filed against them.

These are the steps:

  1. The spouse must be personally served with a copy of the Summons and Petition for Dissolution of Marriage (and supporting documents). When one side doesn't know whether the other lives, however, this can present a significant problem in that if the Petitioner doesn't know where the Respondent lives, how can they give them a copy of the documents, effectuating "good" service? Luckily, alternatives do exist.
  2. The court does provide for Service by Publication, whereby a copy of the Summons and Petition is published in a local newspaper once per week for four consecutive weeks, but in order to do this, permission from the court is required.
  3. Before the court will give permission to serve by publication, you must show that all reasonable efforts have been made to locate the Respondent, including but not limited to, a records search of the local area (or area where they last lived) and a skip-trace (which is done by a private investigator or other type of business which provides locate services). Proof of your attempts will be required.

The process can be a little complicated, so the services of an attorney experienced in doing this type of work can help resolve a long dormant divorce and allow for the case to be resolved.

Why Choose Zahn Law Office?

At Zahn Law Office, we understand that divorce proceedings can cause a wide range of emotions. Whether this divorce brings you relief or heartache, we will handle your case with extreme sensitivity and personal care. The moment you entrust us with your case, your problems become our problems. Together, we will work towards securing the future that is best for you.

Choose a skilled divorce attorney in Ventura that puts your well-being first. Call (805) 804-9100.

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