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The Law Offices of Beatriz A. Pelayo-Garcia, A.P.C. represent clients throughout California, including Los Angeles, Monterey Park, Alhambra, San Gabriel, Temple City, San Marino, Duarte, Monrovia, South Pasadena, Pasadena, El Sereno, Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Orange County, Newport Beach, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Fullerton, Huntington Beach, Lakewood, Brea, Tustin, Irvine, Los Alamitos, Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, Alhambra, Pomona, West Covina, Covina, Irwindale, Rosemead, Glendale, Burbank, Norwalk, La Mirada, Santa Clarita, Northridge, Canoga Park, Hollywood, Bell, Thousand Oaks, West Hollywood, Carson, Sherman Oaks, Hancock Park, Downey, Cudahy, Bell Gardens, South Gate, Huntington Park, Long Beach, Santa Monica, Gardena, Sylmar, Lake View Terrace,  Rancho Palos Verdes, Hawthorne, Rolling Hills, Torrance, Inglewood, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Agoura Hills, and Marina Del Rey .Arcadia, Artesia, Avalon, Azusa, Baldwin Park, Bellflower, Beverly Hills, Bradbury, Cerritos, Calabasas, Claremont, Commerce, Compton, Culver City, Diamond Bar, El Monte, Pico Rivera, El Segundo, Hawaiian Gardens, Hidden Hills, City of Industry, La Canada, Flintridge, La Habra, La Habra Heights, La Mirada, Lancaster, La Puente, La Verne, Lawndale, Palmdale, Lomita, Lynwood, Malibu, Maywood, Montebello ,Palos Verdes Estates, Santa Fe Springs, Paramount, San Dimas, San Fernando, Sierra Madre, Signal Hill, Temple City, Vernon, Walnut, Westlake Village, Whittier.

A divorce or dissolution occurs when one of the two married persons decide that he or she no longer want to be married and requests that the Court return both to the status of unmarried persons. In California, there are only two reasons why a divorce can be obtained. They are 1) irreconcilable differences, or 2) incurable insanity (CA Family Code §2310). Although many times it may be tempting to think that the second reason applies, almost all divorces in California occur because of irreconcilable differences.

What are irreconcilable differences?
Simply put, a husband and wife have irreconcilable differences when he or she alleges that the marriage has broken down to the point where it can no longer be fixed. Generally, even if one side believes that the marriage can be fixed, but the other side does not, the Court will most likely find that the husband and wife can not work out their marriage.

How long does a divorce take?
There is no definite answer to this question. Legally, a divorce can not be granted until six months after the Petitioner (the party filing the divorce) has the Respondent (the party answering to the divorce) served (CA Family Code §2339). However, a resolution of all issues in a divorce may be completed prior to this six-month date or it can occur after the fact. Every divorce case is different and a lot depends upon how closely you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse view the matters in your case.

What types of orders can a judge make in my case?
In a divorce case, the judge not only decides your status as a married person, but also decides the division of property and debts, spousal support, child custody and visitation, child support, attorney fees and costs, restraining orders and restoration of former (maiden) name

Can you help me with a Legal Separation?
A legal separation may be filed when there are moral (e.g. religious) or ethical (insurance) reasons a couple may still wish to remain married, but living separately. The Law Offices of Beatriz A. Pelayo-Garcia can assist you with this situation.

When is an Annulment appropriate?
There are two types of Annulment filing. The first, called “voidable” annulment, occurs when there was fraud perpetrated in the marriage, for instance a license was not issued. The second, “void” annulment may be filed because one of the parties is still married or was a minor child at the time of the wedding.  

What are the costs for a divorce?
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