How To Divorce When Money Is Tight | Santa Clarita Divorce

How To Divorce When Money Is Tight | Santa Clarita Divorce

Is money tight, but you still need to get divorced?  I have lots of people tell me that money is an issue and they can’t afford to get divorced.  That is why they are calling me to begin with.

I just got off the phone with a lady who said she is not sure if she should hire and attorney for her divorce.  I asked her one question to help her decide.  I asked, “Do you have $10,000 to $15,000 laying around to spend on an attorney”?  Of course she said no, and I believe that most people would say no.  Even if you did, is this what you would want to spend it on?

Money is tight for a lot of people these days, and this is exactly why I started this business of providing affordable divorce services in Santa Clarita.

Look, I worked for a divorce law firm in Santa Clarita.  I can tell you that 90% of the folks that hired a law firm, did so by paying for it with a credit card.  This means that they could not afford it.  If you have to go into debt to get divorced, you are cannot afford it.  All you will be left with is more debt to pay off.

The (not so funny thing) about the cost of hiring an attorney is when people would receive their bills from the attorney office.  The phones would ring off the hook when people found out how much the previous month of attorneys fees cost them.

We would routinely have people call the law firm and say how they can no longer afford to be represented.  The fact is, they never could afford to hire a law firm.  They were just blinded by anger and emotion which drove them to hire an attorney for their divorce.  The bill is what snapped them out of it.

If money is tight and you need to get divorced, give us a call.  We have been providing affordable divorce services in Santa Clarita and helped 1000’s of clients negotiate their divorce without the need of hiring a divorce attorney or going into debt.

Waiting Period For Divorce Now One Full Year? Santa Clarita Divorce

Waiting Period For Divorce Now One Full Year? Santa Clarita Divorce

Don’t panic.  At least not yet.  The waiting period for getting divorced in California is still 6 months.  But states such as Washington are working on passing legislation that would increase their current 90 day waiting period, to a full year.

The legislation is known as Senate Bill 5614 and dubbed the “Family Second Chances Act”.

Senator Benton has sponsored the bill and cites several reasons for increasing the waiting period for divorce.  He says that “divorce causes poverty, juvenile delinquency and lower scholastic achievement among children of their state.”

I am all for families staying together, but how much government involvement should there be when it comes to families and divorce.  While I understand the reasoning, I personally don’t think that a State should be able to have this much control.

Perhaps they should take baby steps and move their current 90 day waiting period to 6 months as it is in California.  I have been helping people get divorced in California for quite a while and can tell you that the 6 month waiting period is just about right.

The reason I say this is because even if the time was shorter, it is doubtful that many divorce cases would finish in a shorter amount of time due the the backlog of cases at the courts.  As it stands now, it is taking 3 months just to have your final judgment approved.  This is after you have completed all the other paperwork.

What is your take on how much involvement the Government should have over your decision to get divorced?  Do you think there should be a waiting period at all?

While we are on the topic of the waiting period, I want to clear up a frequently asked question.  Some folks have asked me if they have to wait 6 months before starting their divorce or if they have to file and then wait.  You can start your divorce and even complete all the paperwork and submit it to the court.  The effective date of the divorce will be 6 months after the time you or your spouse was served the initial divorce papers.

Divorce Season Begins After Valentines Day | Santa Clarita Divorce

Divorce Season Begins After Valentines Day | Santa Clarita Divorce

I was recently meeting with a local divorce mediation company in Santa Clarita and we got to talking about the ebb and flows of the business.  Specifically about when our business may busier and when it may be slower in terms of people filing for divorce.

One thing that was mentioned is that she noticed that it always got busier after Valentines Day.  I thought it was a pretty interesting observation and decided to look into it.

Apparently she was right.  There has been all kinds of discussions about how the divorce rate increases right after Valentines Day.  In fact, some folks referred to Valentines Day as the beginning of “Divorce Season”

There has been all types of reasons given for this so called divorce season being tied to Valentines Day, so I thought I would share them with you.

Folks that have wrote on this topic mostly agree that Valentines Day comes as the holiday seasons have worn off and reality of pushing through another year is underway.  For some it marks the day to follow through with their new years resolution to become single, and for others are just the result of having one more lackluster Valentines Day.

It is almost like Valentines Day is a wake up call to snap people back into reality about the status of their relationship and life in general.

It is reported that there is as much as a 40% spike in divorce filings around Valentines Day.  It makes me wonder how many of these divorce filings really end in the couples finalizing their divorce.  I would tend to think that many of these people that filed may come to their senses later.  But maybe not.

To be honest with you, doing this research about divorce and Valentines Day really got me thinking.  I, for one, am guilty of not being the best at remembering holidays or giving flowers.  Maybe this year I will give flowers and Chocolate.

Regardless of your reasons for deciding to get divorced after Valentines Day, we are here to help you get through your divorce.

We are a full service divorce document preparation service in Santa Clarita and provide an affordable way to complete your divorce.  Please give us a call for more information about our services.


Divorce Services In Santa Clarita

Divorce Services In Santa Clarita

We are a full service divorce document preparation firm in Santa Clarita.  We do a lot more than just prepare divorce papers.  We can help with just about any type of family law matter.

One of our divorce services is providing and preparing motions for hearings.  These are what used to be called OSC’s, Order To Show Cause, now called, RFO’s, Request For Orders.  We can help you prepare a motion or respond to a motion.

There are occasions when we have to do both a divorce filing and also complete a motion for you.  Motions are generally used to get temporary orders while you are waiting for your divorce to conclude.  Sometimes, we will prepare a motion post judgment where the divorce is already finalized.

We had both types of situations come up this week.

We help a client prepare a post judgment response to a Request For Order.  We prepared the application, drafted the declaration and got her ready for court.  She was representing herself, so we made sure to instruct her on where to go and how to file the paperwork.

Another case we handled this week was where the couple had just separated, but the husband was not paying child support.  Because the wife was not working, if she wanted to get temporary orders for child support, she would have to file a motion.  So in addition to preparing her divorce paperwork for filing, we also filed a motion for child support so hopefully she could start getting some money in while we were working on completing the divorce.

I think most people are surprised how knowledgeable we are and how much you can get accomplished when using our divorce services in Santa Clarita.

Feel free to give us a call to discuss how we can help you in your particular situation.

Using Your Tax Return For Divorce | Santa Clarita

Using Your Tax Return For Divorce | Santa Clarita

I hope it does not seem to tacky, but it was something that came up today when discussing the costs of getting divorced.

I was talking to a new client who said they wanted to get divorced, but they just needed to wait for their tax return so they would have the money.

It got me thinking about what I do as a business and why I have this divorce legal document preparation service to begin with.

I never thought we would be in the business of providing affordable divorce document preparation.  In fact, I was working with a divorce law firm here in Santa Clarita getting experience in family law while I went to law school.

I became a bit disappointed when I saw how much money people were throwing away on divorce attorneys, just to end the marriage they were in.  It was only by chance that I learned of this little known field called Legal Document Assistants that could help prepare divorce documents for a fraction of the cost.

The reason I got into the business of preparing divorce documents was because of how many people could not truly afford the cost of attorneys for their divorce.  I thought how ridiculous it was the amount of money people were spending to get divorced.

You know how I know that people don’t have or don’t want to spend a lot of money on their divorce?  Because from the minute I opened up our doors and got the word out about our divorce services, people flocked in.  I mean there is a huge demand for what I offer.  And despite the fact that I could probably charge more due to demand and the lack of people supplying what I offer, I still choose to keep our expenses down, so I can keep the prices we charge for divorce down.

If you are going to get divorce using an affordable divorce document preparation service, using your tax refund for divorce might be your best bet.  At least you won’t go into debt hiring divorce attorneys and hopefully keep some of your tax return.

New Girlfriend Is Motivation For Divorce | Santa Clarita


New Girlfriend Is Motivation For Divorce | Santa Clarita

I can’t tell you how many calls I get from the new girlfriend of a man that is still married.  I don’t mean this in a disrespectful way, but guys, you know, sometimes the women have to keep us in check.

I love when the new girlfriend calls.  They are so motivated to see that their man gets divorced so they can move on with their relationship.

Hey guys ( or gals that never finished your divorce) you’re not alone.  We work with clients that have been separated for up to 20 years.  Some of which don’t even know where the other person lives anymore.

It makes for an interesting process, because of the fact that you have been separated for so long.  Let me explain.

When people get separated, they have already divided all their property long ago.  But what about all the property each of you have accumulated over the period you have been separated?  Well, you still have to declare it, as you are still legally married.

I know, it seems weird that you have to disclose your financials to someone you barely know because you have been separated for 3, 4 or 5 years or more.  A lot of things can happen during that time.  It is almost like you are telling a stranger about your assets and debts.

No doubt, period of long separation make for an awkward feeling when having to disclose how much money you may.

Trust me, you are not the only one who is asking me if this is necessary.  It is, and I understand that it is strange that you have to prepare your financial disclosures when there has been such a long period of separation.

I understand that you don’t want to have to deal with your divorce.  That is why it has been several years and you have still not completed your divorce.

But like I said at the beginning, the new girlfriend is motivation for divorce.  In fact, they are the one’s who normally are calling me to see what it will take to get their man divorced so they can move on with their lives.

We can help you get through your divorce in Santa Clarita.  It does not matter if you have a long term separation or not.

LegalZoom Refers The Most Divorce Clients | Santa Clarita

LegalZoom Refers The Most Divorce Clients | Santa Clarita

LegalZoom is a company with millions of dollars in advertising that smaller companies like us could never compete with.  They offer legal forms for just about anything you could think of.

It is true that they provide the forms and will even fill them out for you.  Unfortunately, despite the fact that you paid for the service you received, it leaves a lot to be desired.

I am not saying Legal Zoom provides a bad product.  Are you kidding.  One lawsuit from them would put me out of business.  I am just saying that you will get exactly what you pay for when you use their service.

This is not speculation, rather is what I have experienced by speaking to the many clients that have used their service and now have come to me to clean up the mess.

A recent client used Legal Zoom for their divorce.  They paid their fee, answered the questionnaires they use and then LegalZoom sent them every divorce form known to man to file.  They do provide a lengthy description of the process, but even me, with all my experience with divorce, was like, “WTH – What the hell!”  You know the three letters I wanted to say, right?

So this client thought they were following the directions, filed their forms and their judgment and thought they were done.  Only to learn later that their divorce judgment was rejected.

When they came to our office, I reviewed all the forms that Legal Zoom had completed.  Want to know something?  They were all wrong. 

It is not that Legal Zoom did anything wrong.  No!  They typed in the forms, just like you asked.  But where you did something wrong, they just typed it up anyways without a second thought.

If that is the type of service you want, go right ahead.  Either way, I’m sure our paths will cross when you call us to fix the problems.

When I say LegalZoom refers me a lot of business, I mean that a lot of people come to me for help after using Legal Zooms services.


Divorce Without A Lawyer In Santa Clarita

Divorce Without A Lawyer In Santa Clarita

Did you know that you can get divorced without a lawyer?  Most people are aware that divorce lawyers are not a necessary part of getting divorced.

If you are going to get divorced without a lawyer, let us make one recommendation.  Even though you are not going to use a lawyer for your divorce, you should still get the professional assistance and guidance from our divorce legal document preparation firm.

With out service, you can avoid using a lawyer for your divorce and still get attorney-quality divorce documents prepare for you.  When it comes to divorce, there is a lot you need to know and understand about the process and how to fill out the forms.

We have seen too many folks who have attempted to complete their own divorce fail to make it to the end.  Even those that do have the intestinal fortitude to complete it all and submit their judgment to the court, later find that the court rejected their entire case and they had to start over from square one.

Don’t let the fact that you are going to get divorced without a lawyer make you think as though you have to complete the divorce process by yourself. 

I talk to people day in and day out about the process of getting divorced without a divorce lawyer in Santa Clarita. Folks are surprised to find out how well we are able to help them navigate the court system and get through what issues they are having.

Where we do run into issues that may require professional mediation or counselling services, we are happy to refer you to people in that field.  Once those issues are dealt with you simply come right back to us to complete the process.

Whatever steps you take to avoid using an attorney for your divorce will save you time, frustration and ultimately, money.

Divorce without a lawyer in Santa Clarita is possible and thousands of people use our service and get through their divorce.  Give us a call, we would be glad to help you out.

How To Get A Continuance For A Divorce Hearing | Santa Clarita

How To Get A Continuance For A Divorce Hearing | Santa Clarita

We have been talking a lot about filing motions this week and have helped several clients set court dates for hearings.  But what do you have to do in order to get a continuance for a hearing you have coming up.

Getting a continuance on a hearing for divorce case such as appearing on a motion that was filed can be quite simple, and in other cases can be a total pain.  It really depends on the cooperation from the other party.

Lets discuss the easy way.  The easiest way to get a continuance is to ask the other party if they would be agreeable to continue the matter.  It could be for a variety of reasons such as wanting to try and work it out before going to court or because you are going to be out of town, etc.

If the other party agrees to continue the matter, all you need to do is call the clerk in the department the divorce case is in.  Make sure you both call in together on a conference call.  The clerk will want to make sure that you both are agreeing the the continuance.

It is a good idea to have your calendar out so you know your availability.  The clerk will look for the next available dates to continue your matter to.  Don’t be surprised if it is several months away.  Once you, your spouse and the clerk agree on a date, you are done.  You will most likely have to file a notice of continuance with the court and pay a small fee.

Now, lets discuss a situation where the other party does not agree or does not respond to your request for a continuance.

This is a situation we just had to help a client through.  Husband filed a motion.  When wife was served she realized that the date of the hearing was when she would be out of town, several states away.  She asked Husband for a continuance and he has not responded.

Because the date of the hearing was fast approaching and because she could not cancel her trip, the only thing she could do is petition the court for a continuance.

So what we did is prepared an Ex-Parte Motion requesting the court to grant a continuance.  This is the only way to get in front of a judge so they can make a ruling on it.

It is a huge waste of time and money, but in this case, was the only way she was going to have a chance to ask the judge for a continuance.

What You Need For A Post Judgment Divorce Modification

What You Need For A Post Judgment Divorce Modification

Lately I have been getting several cases where the parties have already been divorced, but where they now want to modify some portion of the agreement.

This could be modifying spousal support, child support or even asking the court to enforce the judgement when the other spouse is not complying with the stipulated agreement or order of the court.

We handle both filing of the request for order as well as those who need to respond to a request for order.  We can even help you file and Ex-Parte motion when an emergency exists.

When you are going to file a post judgment modification, you will need to complete the following forms.

1.  FL- 300, which is the application for order (request for order)

2.  Income and Expense Declaration, if the issues is related to money.

3.  Any other attachments that may be required based on your request.

One thing to remember is that if you are filing a post judgment motion, you need to personally serve the documents on your spouse.  you can’t simply mail them to him or her.

In a case we are working on right now, we are helping the spouse to file a response to a motion.  The husband was upset that the wife did not transfer title out of his name like the divorce judgement said and claimed that the wife was paying late on the vehicle causing his credit to be tarnished.

This was a fairly easy response because the wife had already sold the vehicle which took husband off title.  The wife really should not have even had to file a response if husband would take the motion off calendar, but he refused.

If you need to file a motion, respond to a motion, whether it be post judgment or not, we can help.  We will complete the required forms, help you with your declaration and file and serve all the documents.  All you will have to do is show up in court.

We are a full service divorce document preparation service and are headquartered in Santa Clarita, CA, however we serve all of Los Angeles County.