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Scripps Ranch Divorce Lawyer

Scripps Ranch is an inland community in San Diego. It has a total population of 35,468, which amounts to 677 people per square mile. The median age is 37.4. There are 15,117 Scripps Ranch residents who are married or 64.1% of the population.

Divorce in Scripps Ranch

Of the 35,468 residents in Scripps Ranch, 1,248 are divorced. California as a state has always struggled with divorce rates. Decades ago, it had one of the highest divorce rates of any state in the country. While California cities, towns, and counties vary in divorce tendencies, many of them also have a high number of divorces in their communities. Scripps Ranch, though not bearing one of the highest divorce rates, has a significant number of divorces. 

Requirement for Residency

Like many other states, California law outlines certain requirements that spouses must meet to file for divorce. You or your spouse must have lived in California for at least six months before you file. For Scripps Ranch divorces, you or your spouse must have lived in the community for at least the three months right before you file.

Grounds for Divorce

California courts allow for two reasons for divorce: an irresolvable fight or conflict that is breaking up your marriage and incurable insanity. The court will consider a spouse insane if he or she was mentally unfit when the other spouse filed and continues to be insane as the divorce proceedings go on. You can prove that your spouse is insane by getting testimony from medical or psychiatric experts.

Summary Dissolution

One of the extremely unpleasant aspects of divorce cases is how long they can take. Some people spend months or years arguing about aspects of their marriage, a process that is emotionally and financially taxing.

If you and your spouse meet certain requirements, you can use the summary dissolution process, which ends more quickly than standard divorces. To be eligible for a summary dissolution divorce, you and your spouse must:

  • Have been married for less than five years
  • Have no children
  • Have no interest in real estate
  • Not owe more than $6,000 in debts acquired during the marriage other than auto debts
  • Have no community property worth more than $38,000
  • Agree that neither spouse will get spousal support
  • Sign an agreement dividing property and debts

Spousal and Child Support

For both spousal and child support, the court will analyze a range of factors about the marriage and each spouse’s life. For spousal support, the court will consider the length of the marriage, each spouse’s financial situation, age, and health, how each spouse treated the other, and various other aspects of the relationship.

Child support focuses on what each parent will need to best support the child. Courts will look at things such as salary, number of children, debts, time spent with the child, and other relevant details about each spouse’s life.

Child Custody

Child custody is often one of the most emotionally traumatic parts of a divorce case. The court will look at each parent’s relationship with the child and what he or she can offer the child before deciding. Regardless of the aspect that the court is analyzing, the foundational goal for child custody is to put the child in an environment that will be healthy and productive for him or her.

Scripps Ranch Divorces

Divorces are often more upsetting cases than other types of lawsuits. Spouses and children may have their lives changed forever. At Boyd Law, we understand how difficult divorces can be and will treat you and your family with compassion. Contact Boyd Law if you want experienced and dedicated representation from a San Diego, CA divorce attorney in your Scripps Ranch divorce case.