My Spouse Just Asked for a Divorce: What Do I Do Now?
At the Land Legal Group, our Los Angeles, California divorce attorneys have represented many people who were surprised by the announcement that their spouse wanted a divorce. Unfortunately, when people do not see this request coming — or worse, have no reason to believe there is anything wrong with their marriage — dealing with the reality of an unexpected divorce can be devastating.
According to a recent study, approximately 37% of married people surveyed who asked for divorce had been thinking about the decision for more than two years. And while there is no way to know exactly how long your spouse has considered making the decision — whether you are prepared for it or not — California is a no-fault divorce state, which means your spouse does not have to provide a reason beyond “irreconcilable differences” to file.
The best thing you can do after being blindsided by a divorce request is to protect your best interests, and your rights, by hiring an experienced divorce lawyer in Los Angeles County.
Why Would I Need A Divorce Attorney?
If you were surprised to learn that your spouse wanted a divorce, what else are you going to be surprised to learn?
Hiring a divorce attorney provides more than the benefit of ensuring your rights are protected throughout the legal process. It also provides access to an assured support system that can provide substantial advice to ensure your future is protected.
Your finances, including shared accounts, assets, debts, and matters of spousal support should never be left to chance, especially when your emotional state may be clouding your best judgment.
If you and your spouse share children, important matters like child custody and child support must be determined, either through a negotiated agreement between you and your spouse or by a judge. Either way, you are going to need an accomplished family law attorney by your side to ensure your rights and your children’s best interests are protected.
What If I Am Too Heartbroken to Move Forward with the Divorce Proceedings?
When our clients are blindsided by a divorce, they need time to heal. We can begin preparing your case while you focus on establishing an emotional support group of friends, family members, or physicians who can provide the encouragement you need to move forward with confidence.
Our family law attorneys know that divorce is complicated, stressful, and overwhelming at times. We can help move the process forward by fully handling the legal aspects of your case, while you devote the time you need to self-care.
We will keep your divorce on track without sacrificing your integrity or access to the results you deserve.
If you have been served with divorce papers, contact our experienced Los Angeles family law attorneys at the Land Legal Group today by calling (310) 552-3500 to discuss the circumstances of your future during a completely confidential and free initial consultation. We will provide the support you need to get through this difficult time while ensuring your rights are protected throughout the process.