Newport Beach Family Law Attorneys Providing Legal Representation for Divorce Cases
Getting served with a petition for the dissolution of marriage document is often troubling. Unfortunately, this happens, and it doesn’t even have to be your fault. California is a “no-fault state”, so they don’t even need a solid reason to file for a divorce.
The important thing is to try and move forward when this happens, and do everything possible to secure your future, and that of your kids, if you have any. We understand that this is difficult, particularly when you’re blindsided and didn’t see it coming.
This is why you’ll need the services of a divorce attorney to help you figure things out. A good lawyer will help you get your affairs under control while you’re reeling with the emotional trauma. Sarieh Law Offices, ALC has very experienced just got served lawyers in Newport Beach, CA.
Our attorneys have handled many divorce cases, and understand the state of mind of people who are going through such a tough time. This experience means that you’ll be in good hands, and will get the appropriate legal representation you need to secure your interests.
What Happens When You’re Served Divorce Papers in Newport Beach?
Every summons and petition file has a response deadline, as well as the terms of the divorce. There are usually two forms:
- The Petition – also known as Form FL-100 which contains your partner’s/spouse’s requests
- The Summons – also known as Form FL-110 which provides information about the process as well as your rights. The latter usually places restraining orders on co-owned or personal assets, out-of-state travels with the children, and much more
How fast you respond to this filing will determine how quickly the dissolution of marriage process will move. In California, a marriage or domestic partnership can be dissolved within 6 months, but you have 30 days to respond to the filing.
Defendants usually have two options open to them after they’re served the papers:
1. Not To Do Anything
There are two scenarios here:
- You can choose this option if you wish grant your spouse’s or partner’s requests or
- If you already had a notarized agreement (which would make the filing a mere formal proceeding).
If you choose the first option of not participating in the divorce because you’ll grant the petitioner’s request, this is known as True Default. The second option, also known as a default, is better referred to as Default With Agreement.
2. You Can Respond
As with the first, there are two scenarios here as well:
- File a response including an agreement with your spouse or partner
- File a response that disagrees with your partner’s or spouse’s requests
The first is called an Uncontested Case because you’re not fighting over issues, property, assets, debts and the children (if any). The second, however, is called a Contested Case because you disagree with some or all of the petitioner’s conditions/requests.
How Can Our Newport Beach Just Got Served Attorneys Help?
Whatever option you choose, you’ll need the help of competent family law and divorce lawyers in Newport Beach to determine if the terms are agreeable. Whether you’re choosing the True Default, Default With Agreement, Contested or Uncontested option, you still need legal advice.
Call Sarieh Law Offices, ALC at (949) 542-6209 to talk to our capable lawyers today. We’ll walk with you throughout the course of the case, and ensure you get your due.