How To File For Divorce In Palmdale | Lancaster CA

Since we specialize in providing affordable divorce services and have a lot of clients in Palmdale and Lancaster, I thought I would write a quick “How To File For Divorce” article.

Now, just so you know, there is not much of a difference filing for divorce in Palmdale and Lancaster.  The process for filing divorce in Los Angeles County is pretty much the same, but the Lancaster Court has a few things they do different.

So lets get into it.

A mistake people make is thinking they can file their own divorce.  Wait! what do you mean I can’t file my own divorce?  Okay… Hold on.  What I mean to say is that it is possible to file your own divorce, but the odds of you “successfully” completing it is a different story.

The first thing you should do is find a reputable divorce paralegal service to help you with your divorce.  We are hoping that you decide to use our Lancaster divorce service and not one of the other antelope valley paralegal services that have a bad reputation and reviews.

If you decide to use our service you won’t have to worry about figuring out how to file for divorce in Palmdale or Lancaster.  We take care of the entire process for you.

Here is what we will do for you:

  • Prepare all your forms
  • We don’t use annoying questionnaires
  • We will file your case in Lancaster
  • We will serve your documents
  • Prepare all mandatory financial disclosures
  • Prepare final judgment (agreement)
  • Complete your entire case for one flat fee.

I realize that this article turned more into a “Why You Should Use Our Divorce Service” So for those of you that really want to know how to file for divorce in Palmdale and Lancaster please click on this link. You will find a video that will walk you step by step on how to fill out the divorce forms.

We are the only licensed and bonded legal document preparation firm in Los Angeles County that specializes in only divorce.  Make sure your divorce gets done right the first time and give us a call.

During Divorce Spouse Not Obligated To Pay Support Without Order | Lancaster, CA

I have a client in Lancaster I am getting ready to help today at 10:00 a.m. and figured it was a good article to discuss, as it comes us quite a bit.

Here is what is going on.

She had discussed filing for divorce with her husband.  They agreed that she would file for divorce and for some reason, the husband ran out and file for divorce first.  I don’t know why, nor did she.  But in case your wondering, there is no advantage of who files for divorce.  It is a no-fault state, and no preference is given to either party.

So her husband filed and them moved out of the house.  He felt it was okay to leave her with all the bills and not give her any support or help pay the bills or to take care of their child.

So she called me and wanted to know what she could do.  Here is what we discussed.

When you are going through a divorce, your spouse is not obligated to pay any spousal support or child support until there is an order from the court.  Now, most people don’t just cut off the other person, and in fact, most simply carry on with paying the bills together until the divorce is finalized.

But sometimes, one of the parties will do this where they are the sole income earner and leave their spouse high and dry.

So what do you do.  In this case, her husband had filed for divorce in the Lancaster, CA courthouse in Antelope Valley.  She needed to file a Response to the divorce, but more importantly, she needed to get some financial assistance from you husband to help pay the bills and for their child.

So what we are doing is both filing a Response to the divorce and filing a Request For Order for Spousal Support and Child Support so we can get a court hearing for the judge to make an order for support.

You see, if you are going through the divorce process and you need to get the other party to do something, you need to file a Request For Order.  These requests for orders will give you temporary orders until the entire divorce case is finalized.  They are not permanent orders.

The benefit to filing a motion like this is that you can get a hearing fairly fast.  Depending on the Court usually around 30 to 60 days.  If you don’t do this, you may be waiting a long time before you are able to finish your divorce case.  The order the court makes will be effective until further order of the Court or until the final judgment is entered in your divorce case.

We are a licensed and bonded legal document preparation firm that specializes in divorce.  We handle all of Los Angeles County Divorce cases and are headquartered in Santa Clarita.  Please give us a call for assistance with your divorce case.  We can help you file a Request For Order, get a court date and get some temporary orders in your divorce.

Our Palmdale | Lancaster Divorce Clients Say We Are Worth The Drive

We have a huge online marketing presence for our Palmdale divorce and Lancaster Divorce service.  We also have lots of clients who have come to us to help them with their divorce in Antelope Valley and file a lot of divorce cases with the Lancaster Court.

I think the reason so many people turn to us for our divorce service is because there is not a whole lot of options for help with your divorce in Palmdale or Lancaster.

Don’t get me wrong, there are options, but they are not good options.  Why do I say there are no good options.  Just check the reviews on Yelp.

Here are some of the terrible reviews for Lancaster and Palmdale divorce services.

Here is a 1 Star rating on Yelp – Reviewer said, “I recommend a different service!”

Here is a another 1 Star review on Yelp about another company regarding bad customer service

These were the only paralegal offices that even had a Yelp listing.  Look, you just can’t have bad service in a service industry.

But why do we say we are worth the drive?  Here is a little secret…  While we have plans to expand our service into the Palmdale / Lancaster area, our local office is located in Santa Clarita.

Here is great review on our divorce services

You would only have to come to our office once.  We can also prepare your divorce paperwork right over the phone if you don’t want to come to our office.

Yes, we get a lot of clients from Palmdale and Lancaster who have realized that we are the number one divorce document preparation service in Los Angeles County and we are worth the drive.

Why We Are Worth The Drive

  • Great Customer Service
  • Professional full time receptionist so your call is answered every time
  • Knowledgeable staff
  • We Specialize in Divorce
  • Get your divorce completed correctly, the first time

We work hard to provide a good experience to our divorcing clients.  We are not perfect and we do make mistakes on occasion. When that happens we step up and make it right.

To this day we have received nothing less than a 5 Start rating on Yelp and we are grateful.

So when I say we are worth the drive to get your divorce paperwork completed, I mean it.  Come on down and let the professionals handle your divorce.

We Only Handle Divorce In Palmdale & Lancaster

If you are going to get divorced, shouldn’t you use a company that specializes in divorce?  I believe your should.  Like I have said in the past, if you are going to have surgery, wouldn’t you want the most experienced you could find?

That said, I was doing a routine Google search to see who is offering divorce services in Palmdale and Lancaster.  I noticed there are a handful of companies that market themselves as document preparation services.

I further noticed that these document preparation companies offer all sorts of legal services.  They are saying that they can do just about any type of legal filing you need.

Here is my question.  How can you be good at any one thing when you offer so many different services?  The answer is that you cannot.

Look, we only do divorce cases.  Day in and day out it is divorce.  Divorce is a complex and difficult process to get through and the rules are changing all the time.  You have to know much more than just which boxes to check off.

We have worked for the Los Angeles County Superior courts and understand not only how to expertly prepare the divorce forms, but we understand the why behind them.  We also know how the actual procedure of divorce works with the court.

All we are saying is that if you are going to get divorced anywhere in Palmdale or Lancaster, you should be using our service.  We don’t cost anymore than the other folks.  So it is not going to cost you any extra to work for the best divorce company in the Antelope Valley.

Our main divorce offices are in the Santa Clarita Valley and are now offering our services in the Antelope Valley.  Most of our divorce cases are handled completely online or over the phone.

How To Keep Your Divorce Amicable – Santa Clarita

How To Keep Your Divorce Amicable – Santa Clarita

There are lots of benefits of having an amicable divorce in Santa Clarita. Probably the biggest advantage is cost. With an amicable divorce, you don’t need to hire an attorney which will save you a ton of money.

There are some things you can do to help keep your divorce amicable throughout the process. The common theme throughout this will be communication.

First, prior to filing for divorce it is a good idea that you try to discuss getting divorced. Try to have a few conversations with your spouse and come up with a plan. Those with a plan of action fare much better.

This means deciding on when to file, who is going to file and agreeing on a divorce document preparation company like us to meet with.

One or both of you can meet with us to make sure you are comfortable using our service. When you meet with us, we will explain the divorce process in full so both parties understand exactly what to expect throughout the process.

The next thing to do to keep your divorce amicable is to avoid hiring a process server. Nobody like having some stranger walk up to them and be handed divorce papers and told they are being served. We can help you avoid having to do this. In fact, you could simply have the spouse that needs to be served come to our office and pick up the documents. We will complete the necessary forms to tell the court that service was completed.

Most issues that come up will be about custody and visitation of children or about money. We will show you how to use the courts free services to help you understand the law so you can make decisions on any issues that you are having trouble coming to an agreement on.

Using the ideas in the article will help keep your divorce amicable. Give us a call so we can come up with a plan for you to keep things running smooth during your divorce.

Getting Divorced And Spouse Avoiding Service Santa Clarita

Getting Divorced And Spouse Avoiding Service Santa Clarita

It only takes one to get divorce and there is nothing your spouse can do to top you. But they can make it more difficult.

In most cases getting the other spouse served the divorce papers is a non issue. You either hire a process server or mail the forms following the guidelines on doing so.

But sometimes the process is not so smooth when a spouse wants to play games or be difficult. The issue with delaying the process of service is that you cannot move on until they are served.

I have two such cases currently. The first is a young couple who’s husband is playing cat and mouse with the process server. He was told wife was filing and for unknown reasons is avoiding being served.

All this is causing is a delay in the case and costing his wife more money because the process server is spending a lot more time trying to serve him. They now have to sit outside the home and conduct surveillance and get him somewhere between the front door of the house and the car.

They have already been to the home several times and he lives with room mates. He does not come to the door and they can tell they have been instructed to tell him that the husband is not home.

In the other case, the wife is being difficult in being served. The process server waits outside the house for her to come home from work. She knows there is someone waiting to serve her so pulls into the garage and closes the door.

Again, all that happens is more time is spent trying to serve her. Because she is doing this, husband decided to serve her at work which will cause her a bit of embarrassment.

When you work with us we try to keep everything going smoothly and explain the process in detail so you understand the divorce process. We try to avoid having these contentious issues in the beginning or at all for that matter.

Do You Need A Process Server For Your Santa Clarita Divorce

Do You Need A Process Server For Your Santa Clarita Divorce

There are some misunderstandings about if you need a process server for your divorce. The reason is because the answer is yes and no and depends on the circumstances. We will explain here.

Normally, the first paper that is filed on your spouse needs to be done by personal service. This would mean hiring a process server or having someone over the age of 18 who is not involved in the case serve your papers.

For instance, if you were the one to file for divorce, you would have to have them served personally. It can even be a family member. One of my clients recently had their adult child hand her dad the papers. This was obviously an amicable divorce situation where everyone was on board.

But there are times where you can simply mail the initial divorce forms to your spouse. When possible, this is my preferred method of serving divorce papers.

There is a form you can use to send the initial divorce documents to your spouse. It is called a notice of acknowledgement of receipt. You have to mail it with 2 copies and have to make sure to check the boxes that says you are serving the summons and petition and any other forms you happen to be mailing to the respondent.

When you use this form, you still have to have to complete a proof of service of summons. This is another area i see where people have issues.

When you mail the initial documents using the notice of acknowledgment of receipt, you need to also complete the proof of service and file both forms with the court. You will check the box that says you used this form and complied with the rules when doing so.

We are a licensed and bonded legal document preparation company that specializes in divorce.


Would You Go On Vacation To Get Divorced

Would You Go On Vacation To Get Divorced

People come up with some pretty crazy ideas in business sometimes to stand out from the crowd.   I listened to a Podcast today of an attorney who helps people get divorced through mediation.  But with one twist.  They go on vacation to a destination of their choice to complete their divorce.

The attorney Tracey Rosswurm out of Fort Wayne, Indiana says this is a  cost effective way to get through the divorce process.  At the very least it is getting her some attention.  Heck, she was interviewed by a radio show and now I am writing about it.

Here is how it works.  The couples decide that they would rather mediate their divorce rather than going to court.  They decide on a destination that they would enjoy and go there along with the attorney.

The idea is that you are in a nice place without the daily distractions of life.  You can focus on the issues of the divorce at hand and there is nowhere to go.

So what about the  cost.  The attorney says that the costs of the “destination divorce” is much less than that of going to court.  That would be true if the divorce ever ended up in court in the first place.  But certainly, mediation is more cost effective than both spouses hiring an attorney.

I think there will only be a few people that would choose to do this.  It is hard for me to wrap my head around this idea.  If I were going through a divorce, I would not want to ruin some vacation destination that I love by leaving memories of being there for finalizing a divorce.

I would love to hear your comments on this.  Would you go on vacation to get  divorced?  Do you think this is a sustainable business model or a short lived marketing ploy?


Another Post Judgment Child Support Motion In Central District

Another Post Judgment Child Support Motion In Central District

As legal document assistants we are authorized to work directly for folks in preparing their legal documents.  And lately we have been seeing a huge increase in post judgment motions being filed .

This particular motion is asking for a modification of child support and they want the other party to pay for their attorney fees.

The motion that was filed was a request for more child support and stated that the father was now making more money.  In most cases, you file a motion to modify child support if there is a change in circumstance such as a parent making more or less money.

In this case, the mother stated that father was making more money now and wanted the Court to order higher child support based on the guideline child support limits  and that she was earning less money.

It all comes down to how much the parties make and how much custody and visitation each of them have.  The problem sometimes is determining how much the parties truly make, especially when they own a business and are not receiving a paycheck that can be verified.

This motion also asked for the other party to pay for attorneys fees.  That never rubbed my right.  Tell me what you think about this.

A spouse hires an attorney to modify child support.  She works and had access to funds, but because father makes more money, makes a request in the motion that the husband is to pay for all her attorney fees.  If this motion is granted, then the husband has to pay for his wife’s attorney to file a motion against him.  And just to rub salt in the wound, he is not hiring an attorney himself.  He is going to have us prepare our firm prepare the response so he does not have to pay for an attorney he can’t afford.

We specialize in helping folks get through their divorce including preparing post judgment request for orders and motions.  We are headquartered in Santa Clarita and we serve all of Los Angeles County and all the Courts.

Cost Of Divorce Attorneys Unaffordable For Many In Santa Clarita

Cost Of Divorce Attorneys Unaffordable For Many In Santa Clarita

It’s a fact.  Many people cannot afford the cost of an attorney for their divorce.  Either they don’t have the money or, if they do, are not willing to spend it to get divorced.  That is where our divorce legal document assistance comes into play.

Here is an example of a client that, but for our service, would have been left to figure things out on his own.

A client was recently served with a Request For Order with the mom asking to move away with their child to another state.  He called me to see what we could do for him.  I advised him we would help him prepare a response to the motion along with a declaration, etc.

In his email to me, explaining what he wanted to address on the declaration, he asked me if I thought he would be okay representing himself.  I answered him honestly.  I told him that many people represent themselves.  I told him that because the mom had an attorney, he may be at a disadvantage in his case.

Then I answered his question with a question.  I asked him if he could afford to pay $5,000 to $7,500 for an attorney to prepare his response and represent him at the court hearing.  He replied that he could not afford to pay that much money for an attorney.

And sometimes that is all it comes down to.  Of course, everyone would love to use an attorney for their divorce case if it was affordable.  But it isn’t.  In fact, because attorneys are seeing less and less clients these days, they are actually raising their hourly billing rates to make more off the clients that they do have.

Yes, gone are the days of refinancing our homes to pay for everything.  Cars, toys and even divorce.  Now we feel the pain of that big purchase, going further into debt to pay for the things we don’t really need.

The cost of divorce attorneys in Santa Clarita are unaffordable for many, but there is help out there and we are it.  We are licensed and bonded in the County of Los Angeles to provide legal document assistance.  We specialize in divorce and can provide you with a complete understanding of the divorce process and help you with most family law related matters.  Give us a call for more information.