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Divorce can be one of the most difficult things a person can ever experience — but at Family Law San Diego, 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.

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Facing Divorce in San Diego, CA? Experienced Lawyers Guide You Through Every Step

San Diego families facing divorce need sensitive and respectful guidance, especially when children are involved. Our experienced divorce lawyers in San Diego, CA, can help navigate complexities such as property division, child custody, and spousal support. We protect your rights and secure a fair outcome. Reach out to our family lawyer today for a compassionate and efficient resolution prioritizing your family's well-being.

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation. Let us help you decide which model best suits your needs for your divorce in San Diego by calling (619) 577-4900.

Your Divorce. Your Choices.

Close up of a San Diego woman and man sitting on a couch, each touching the ring on their finger.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, Family Law San Diego, 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 attorneys can help.

Gray Divorce in San Diego County

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 assets and rights.

"Gray Divorce" After a Long Marriage

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 Do I Get a Divorce in San Diego?

  1. Meet California's residency requirements for divorce
  2. Obtain a divorce packet from the San Diego Superior Court
  3. Complete the required paperwork
  4. File your divorce papers with the San Diego Superior Court
  5. Serve the divorce papers to your spouse
  6. Go through the discovery process
  7. Obtain temporary orders from a judge
  8. Create a divorce agreement through mediation or collaborative law, or go to court for a litigated divorce
  9. Obtain a final divorce decree and orders from a judge

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 divorce lawyer in San Diego 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.

Protect Your Interests with Experienced Divorce Attorneys

Going through a divorce can be emotionally and financially challenging. It is crucial to have a knowledgeable and experienced divorce attorney by your side to protect your interests and guide you through the process. At Family Law San Diego, our team of dedicated divorce attorneys has extensive experience in handling a wide range of divorce cases.

Here are some reasons why you should choose our divorce attorneys:

  • Expertise in family law: Our attorneys specialize in family law and have a deep understanding of the complexities of divorce cases. We stay updated with the latest laws and regulations to provide you with the best possible representation.
  • Personalized approach: We understand that every divorce case is unique, and we tailor our approach to meet your specific needs. Our attorneys will listen to your concerns, provide you with honest advice, and work towards achieving the best possible outcome for your case.
  • Negotiation and litigation skills: Whether your divorce can be resolved through negotiation or requires litigation, our attorneys have the skills and experience to handle both. We will advocate for your rights and ensure that your voice is heard throughout the process.
  • Compassionate support: We understand that divorce can be emotionally draining, and we are here to provide you with the support and guidance you need during this difficult time. Our attorneys will be by your side, offering compassionate guidance and helping you make informed decisions.
  • Strong track record: Our divorce attorneys have a proven track record of success in handling divorce cases. We have helped numerous clients achieve favorable outcomes and move forward with their lives.

Don't navigate the divorce process alone. Contact our experienced divorce attorneys at Family Law San Diego to schedule a consultation and get the expert legal representation you deserve.

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 Family Law San Diego, we offer free 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.

Commonly Asked Questions

What are the residency requirements for filing for divorce in San Diego?

To file for divorce in San Diego, you must meet California's residency requirements. You or your spouse must have lived in California for at least six months prior to filing for divorce, and you must have lived in San Diego County for at least three months.

How long does it take for a divorce to become final in San Diego?

The timeline for a divorce to become final in San Diego varies for each case. It depends on factors such as the complexity of the issues involved and whether the divorce is contested or uncontested. It is best to consult with an attorney to get a better understanding of the timeline for your specific situation.

What are the alternatives to litigated divorce in San Diego?

In addition to litigated divorce, there are alternative options available in San Diego. These include divorce mediation, collaborative divorce, and unbundled or a la carte services. These alternatives can provide a more amicable and cost-effective approach to resolving divorce issues.


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    As skilled litigators, mediators, and negotiators, our firm is prepared to handle any type of family law case.

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    Working together, we pull from our unique backgrounds and resources to achieve the best results possible.

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    We create tailor-made solutions to fit the unique needs of every client and help them move forward favorably.

  • Dedicated

    We are committed to serving a diverse clientele, all the while protecting the interests and fulfilling the needs of clients.

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