Divorce is one of life’s most difficult transitions, and it can be traumatic for everyone involved. If you are involved in a divorce case, you need a trustworthy attorney on your side to ensure that your divorce is completed as quickly and painlessly as possible.

About Divorce in California

If you and your spouse no longer wish to be married, a divorce will end your union in the eyes of the law. Divorces in California may be contested or uncontested. In an uncontested divorce, both parties have agreed on all aspects of the settlement. On the other hand, a contested divorce occurs when the parties disagree on one or more issues. Some of the issues that must be addressed include:

  • Property Division – During the divorce, all of the property you have accumulated will be divided between you and your spouse. California is a community property state, which means that marital property will be divided equally between both parties.

  • Child Custody – If you and your spouse have children, you must agree upon a custody arrangement before your divorce will be final. Custody is determined based on the children’s best interests.

  • Child Support – California requires both parents to provide financial support for their children. Thus, the non-custodial parent will typically pay child support to the custodial parent during and after divorce.

  • Spousal Support – In some cases, one spouse may be required to pay support to the other. This support may be permanent or temporary.

These issues may be settled in mediation, or if no settlement can be reached, they will be settled in court.

Do I Need a Divorce Attorney?

Simple, uncontested divorce cases may sometimes be completed without the assistance of an attorney. However, if your divorce is contested or otherwise complicated, it is best to hire an attorney to represent you throughout the case. An attorney who has experience dealing with California divorce cases can ensure that your interests are accurately represented at all times and that your case doesn’t take any longer than necessary.


If you are involved in a California divorce case, you need an experienced attorney on your side. Contact Elke Gordon Schardt Law Office today to learn more about our services or to schedule a consultation with our team. We look forward to working with you!