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Solana Beach Divorce Attorney

Solana Beach is a city with a total population of 13,312, which gives it a population density of 3,782 people per square mile. Solana Beach’s population density is 1,528% higher than California’s average population density and 4,075% higher than the U.S. average. The median age in Solana Beach is 46 years old, and 57% of Solana Beach residents are married.

San Diego and California Divorce

Though the number of San Diego divorces has dropped in the last 30 years, the national rate is still rising. California’s innately high divorce rate makes its couples still more prone to divorce, even if some counties’ divorces are dropping. If you are going through a divorce in Solana Beach, you need help. Contact Boyd Law for more information.

Dissolution of Marriage Requirements

Divorce in California is known as dissolution of marriage. To file for divorce in any California county, city, or town, you and your spouse must meet certain requirements. The most basic requirement is that you and your spouse must have resided in California for at least six months prior to filing. For Solana Beach divorces, you or your spouse also must have lived in Solana Beach for at least the three months directly preceding the petition for divorce.

The two main reasons you or your spouse can file for divorce are an irreconcilable conflict that is tearing your marriage apart or insanity on the part of you or your spouse. You can prove insanity to the court by having a medical or psychiatric expert testify about your spouse’s mental state. He or she is admissibly insane for a California divorce case if he or she was insane at the time of filing and is still insane throughout the divorce proceedings.

If you and your spouse meet other, more specific requirements, you may be able to complete a streamlined divorce process called summary dissolution. Some of the eligibility requirements for summary dissolution are that your marriage lasted less than five years, there are no children, neither you nor your spouse has an interest in real estate, and various other stipulations.

California Property Division

Unlike many other states, California is a community property state. A community property state equally divides joint property between the two spouses. The only property not divided evenly is separate property acquired before the married or obtained through gifts or inheritance.

Spousal Support

Divorces can do serious financial damage to each spouse, so most courts will assign some amount of spousal support. The court determines spousal support by analyzing each spouse’s financial situation, general needs, health, how each spouse treated the other, and other aspects regarding the marriage. Spousal support must continue until the court order is over, one of the spouses dies, or one of the spouses remarries.

Child Custody

Child custody can be one of the most emotionally trying parts of a divorce case. California courts either assign sole or joint custody, depending on each parent’s capabilities. Some factors the courts look to determine child support include the child’s safety, the child’s relationship with each parent, and many other things. The foundational consideration, however, is how happy the child would be in each home. The court will make its decision based on which environment it believes is best for the child.

Child Support

California courts determine child support by looking at many several aspects of each parent’s life. They will look at the parents’ financial situations, how much time each one spends with the child, various expenses that the child will have, and other factors.

Divorce in Solana Beach

Divorces can have an immeasurable impact on almost every aspect of a person’s life. At Boyd Law, we will do all we can to get you through your divorce quickly and with as little emotional and physical trauma as possible. Contact Boyd Law for experienced representation in your Solana Beach divorce case.