Is either a party a resident of the State of California and the county in which the action is to be filed? One of the parties must be a resident of the State of California for at least six months bef
Contact the police if physical abuse occurred recently or a threat of harm has been made. Police will take action if the abuse happened recently and there are signs of physical injury. The police wi
Start with a Petition or Response If you are the first one to go to court to request a divorce, you need to file a Petition for Dissolution Form FL-100 to get the case started. You can find all of t
Complete the Declaration of Disclosure The Declaration of Disclosure Form FL-140 is like a cover sheet. It can be used for your preliminary or final disclosures. The preliminary disclsoure is serve
Is the transfer between spouses? If the parties are still married when the transfer takes place, there is no taxable gain on the transfer unless one of the exceptions discussed below apply. IRC 1041
File Petition for Dissolution/Legal Separation or other applicable petition If no court case is pending, you need to file a Petition for Dissolution/Legal Separation Form FL-100 (if you are married),
Is the attorney a Certified Family Law Specialist? Go to http://members.calbar.ca.gov/search/ls_search.aspx to search for a specialist in your county. The California State Bar, Board of Legal Specia
In some cases, alimony, or spousal support, can be tax deductible. However, there are certain conditions that must be met in order to qualify.