Divorce and Spousal Support/Alimony
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If you cannot afford the filing fee or other court costs, you may qualify to have these fees and costs waived by the court.
Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.
This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.
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When a couple legally separates or divorces, the court may order 1 spouse or domestic partner to pay the other a certain amount of support money each month. This is called "spousal support" for married couples and "partner support" in domestic partnerships. It is sometimes also called "alimony."
Your options if you were asked for a divorce or separation.
ADR is usually less formal, less expensive, and less time-consuming than a trial.
Except in the case of Social Security and Tier I Railroad Retirement benefits, a court order is necessary for someone who has been divorced to get a share of a pension.
The legal way to give formal notice is to have the other side "served" with a copy of the paperwork that you have filed with the court.
If you are getting divorced and want to change your name to back to your maiden name, you can usually do that in your divorce case.
You can request a free interpreter to be with you in court.
A court interpreter verbally translates (called “interpreting”) everything the judge and others say from spoken English into your primary language, and everything you say back into spoken English.
This resource has the answers to commonly asked questions about court interpreters, including how to ask for one.
Alphabetical Listing of Resources
Getting an earnings assignment (wage garnishment).
Steps for changing Spousal/Partner Financial Support.
A step-by-step outline of the process for divorce/separation.
Types of property: community, separate, quasi-community, and mixed community.
This link includes videos that provide information about child custody, divorce, and and representation in family court.
Find out more about the spousal support process.
My Spouse/Partner Filed a Response and We Have an Agreement.