Written by attorney Paul Jan Nelson


Starting a Divorce Action - What Happens First?

Every divorce begins with one party filing documents with the Court and serving (personally delivering through a third party) those documents to the other party, (this includes spouses and domestic partners). Standardized forms are used in California

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About the Author Firm founder Paul J. Nelson is a Certified Specialist in Family Law, and a highly experienced trial attorney who has tried hundreds of family law matters in Newport Beach and throughout Orange County. Mr. Nelson's courtroom experience, knowledge of California family law, and familiarity with local judicial officers and opposing counsel has helped him build a track record of successful outcomes for a wide range of clients. Mr. Nelson has been designated as a Certified Family Law Specialist by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. He is the recipient of numerous awards such at The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys™ 10 Best List as well as The National Trial Advocates Top 100 Lawyers. He is a member of the Family Law Section of the Orange County Bar Association. He also belongs to the Family Law Section of the State Bar of California and the J. Reuben Clark Law Society. When he is not practicing law, Mr. Nelson enjoys spending time with his wife and four daughters. He is also an avid cyclist, alpine skier, world traveler, and a licensed private pilot, which allows him to handle cases throughout the state.

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