Divorce and Spousal Support/Alimony

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

Forms, FAQs, resources.

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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.

Find information about ending a marriage or registered domestic partnership.

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

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ADR is usually less formal, less expensive, and less time-consuming than a trial.

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.

Find out more about the spousal support process.

Your options if you were asked for a divorce or separation.

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

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."

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.

Getting an earnings assignment (wage garnishment).

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.

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

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