Divorce and Spousal Support/Alimony

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Information about family law for domestic partners.

A step-by-step outline of the process for divorce/separation.

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Steps for changing Spousal/Partner Financial Support.

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Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.

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.

My Spouse/Partner Filed a Response and We Have an Agreement.

Getting an earnings assignment (wage garnishment).

Types of property: community, separate, quasi-community, and mixed community.

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.

Alphabetical Listing of Resources

This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.

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.

This link includes videos that provide information about child custody, divorce, and and representation in family court.