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Filing for Divorce in San Diego? Decrease the Stress – Get a Guide.

Divorce can be one of the most difficult things a person can ever experience — but at Law & Mediation Firm of Klueck & Hoppes, APC, our divorce attorneys in San Diego are determined to help you decrease the stresses involved. We do this by taking care of nearly everything for you and by guiding you step-by-step through the divorce process in San Diego County.

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation. Let our San Diego divorce attorneys help you decide which model best suits your needs.

Your Divorce. Your Choices.

Should you choose to be our client, you will have a great deal of divorce options available for you to choose from. If you choose divorce litigation, then a Board-Certified Family Law Specialist at our office can represent you in San Diego divorce court.

You may also choose divorce mediation and receive the guidance of a credentialed mediator. You may choose collaborative or cooperative divorce, or even unbundling – a la carte services that help you get just what you need at a cost-effective price.

The approach you take will depend on the issues your San Diego divorce involves. Whether you face issues of complex property division, child custody, child support or spousal support (alimony), our San Diego divorce lawyers can help.

How to Get a Divorce in San Diego

First, make sure you meet California's residency requirements for divorce. The next step in any divorce is to consult a divorce lawyer in San Diego. Even if you and your spouse both want a divorce and are willing to work together, divorce is not an easy process. You need a skilled attorney on your side.

Once you are ready to file for divorce, the process will more or less look like this:

  • Obtain a divorce packet from the San Diego Superior Court
  • Complete the required paperwork
  • File your divorce papers with the San Diego Superior Court
  • Serve the divorce papers to your spouse
  • Go through the discovery process
  • Obtain temporary orders from a judge
  • Create a divorce agreement through mediation or collaborative law, or go to court for a litigated divorce
  • Obtain a final divorce decree and orders from a judge

Everything about divorce in San Diego is complicated, from the paperwork to the discovery process to negotiations to litigation. Do not attempt to navigate it alone. Speak with a San Diego divorce attorney today to get the legal counsel you need. Call (619) 577-4900 to get started!

"Gray Divorce" After a Long Marriage

Divorce is never easy, but it can be especially difficult and complicated after a long-term marriage, a phenomenon commonly known as "grey divorce" or "gray divorce." As someone facing divorce after a long marriage, you need the advocacy of a caring team who can support you through the process and protect your rights and assets.

Grey Divorce in San Diego County

When long-term marriages end in divorce, the property division process is more complicated since the marital assets are often far larger and more complex. This can include:

  • Property acquired during the marriage
  • Shared marital debts
  • Retirement accounts
  • Joint investment accounts
  • Joint business ventures

If you are looking to get a divorce in your later years after a long marriage, then our seasoned legal team can help. Let us be your guides and advocates in a gray divorce.

Common Questions About Filing for Divorce in San Diego

How Long Does it Take to Get a Divorce in San Diego?

In San Diego County, the fastest you can get a divorce is 6 months. This is because California has a 6-month mandatory waiting period from the time you file your divorce papers to the time a judge can finalize your divorce. In cases where you had a short marriage, you have no children, and/or both spouses are in agreement about every aspect of the divorce, it is possible to get a divorce in less than a year.

Contested divorces, on the other hand, can take well over a year – or even several years – to be finalized. This is because complex property division and custody disputes can require multiple court dates that are drawn out over long periods of time.

If you are wondering how long your own divorce might take, the most reliable estimate you can get will be from a divorce attorney in San Diego. Call (619) 577-4900 to schedule an initial consultation with our trusted team at the Law & Mediation Firm of Klueck & Hoppes, APC.

Where do I File for Divorce in San Diego? Where Is the San Diego Divorce Court?

In San Diego, you file for divorce at your local San Diego Superior Court location. There are four family courts in San Diego County:

Central Courthouse
1100 Union Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Fourth Floor

East County Regional Center
250 East Main St.
El Cajon, CA 92020
First floor, east side of building

North County Regional Center
325 South Melrose
Vista, CA 92081
First floor, south side of building

South County Regional Center
500 3rd Ave.
Chula Vista, CA 91910
Third floor

How Much Does it Cost to File for Divorce in San Diego?

The court filing fee is $435 to file a divorce petition or to respond. The attorney fees can vary depending on your specific situation. To get a accurate figure as to the potential cost, timeline, and the logistics about how to navigate the divorce process, we recommend that you reach out to a San Diego divorce lawyer at our firm.

No two divorce cases are the same and each can include a variety of expenses, including:
  • Attorney fees
  • Court fees
  • Child support
  • Alimony/spousal support

Consult a lawyer today to explain your situation and get feedback about what a divorce would mean for you financially.

How Do I Know When My Divorce Is Final?

A divorce becomes final after the judge signs the "Judgment for Dissolution of Marriage" and it is entered into the court record by the clerk. The timeline for a divorce in San Diego is different for each case, so if you're curious how long it will take for your divorce to become final, then consult an attorney for some professional insight.

Avoid Common Divorce Myths – Talk With a Divorce Attorney

When you are considering a divorce in San Diego, then you may hear advice from nearly everyone. Suddenly family, friends and neighbors all have opinions. They share their fears and their suggestions, often whether these things are welcome or not.

One problem is that many of the things you will hear are myths and misconceptions. You might hear that a premarital agreement is always enforceable or that all family law issues need to be litigated before a judge.

The only way to get real answers that apply directly to your situation is to talk to an experienced San Diego divorce lawyer about your options. At Law & Mediation Firm of Klueck & Hoppes, APC, we offer one-hour detailed consultations with potential clients to combat these myths and to render sound advice that they can use to feel better about working toward a new future.

Schedule a consultation today by calling our divorce attorneys in San Diego at (619) 577-4900 or complete our convenient online contact form.

Our primary law office is in La Mesa, California, near the San Diego State University College area. We also have a satellite office in La Jolla available by appointment only.

  • San Diego’s Best of 2020
  • Divorce Lawyers El Cajon
  • 2020 IAE
  • California State Bar Certified
  • Super Lawyers
  • Avvo 10.0 Rating
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Best Arbitrators & Mediators in San Diego 2018
  • The National Advocates: Top 100 Lawyers
  • Best of East County

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