Thousand Oaks Divorce Attorney

Serving Westlake, Calabasas, Tarzana, Camarillo & Santa Barbara – Call (805) 725-5277

When your child’s future, your financial well-being, and your rights are all on the line, you need more than a skilled law firm on your side. You deserve to work one-on-one with a legal advocate who will be with you at every step of the difficult divorce process ahead, ensuring that you can reach tailored, sophisticated solutions that are based on your unique goals. At the Law Offices of Michael Labrum, you can find the personal service and representation you need.

A recognized leader in the field of divorce law, Attorney Labrum has been included in the list of Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠, a list comprised of no more than 2.5% of Southern California lawyers practicing in all fields of law. When you need highly qualified representation that comes with caring, one-on-one legal support, you can depend on our divorce lawyer in Thousand Oaks. Please don’t hesitate to discover how our law firm can be of service to you.

Getting Divorced in California

Residency Requirements

  • Either you or your spouse will need to have lived in California for at least 6 months.

Grounds for Divorce

  • California is a no-fault divorce state, so spouses do not have to prove wrongdoing. Simply filing a divorce due to "irreconcilable differences" is sufficient. However, if fault is involved - such as adultery, abandonment, or domestic violence - this may be considered when dividing property or seeking alimony

Waiting Period for Divorce in CA

  • There is a mandatory waiting period of 6 months before any divorce is finalized. This means the fastest a couple can divorce is 6 months, if the divorce is simple and uncontested. Contested divorces with complex issues can take much longer.

Not Ready for Divorce? Consider Legal Separation

Not all couples want to take the plunge into a divorce. Instead, legal separation is a great option for couples who are not quite ready to dissolve their marriage but want to live apart. Couples usually hesitate for many reasons, including religious beliefs or simply because of financial issues. Whatever the case is for you, discuss your concerns with our divorce attorney and we can help you decide whether legal separation is right for your situation.

Tips to Prepare for Divorce

We understand that divorce can be stressful and overwhelming. Here are some tips to help you get prepared and sort out the little details necessary in a divorce.

  • Get organized. Gather all of your paperwork that a divorce requires, including financial records and accounts of your assets and debts. Include mortgages, credit cards, bank accounts, tax returns, pay stubs, and paperwork for your business. Make copies of everything and know where they are at all times.
  • Freeze joint accounts. This is so that your spouse is not able to rack up charges to credit cards or withdraw assets from your shared accounts. If your spouse has already done so, consult an attorney.
  • Talk to an attorney. An attorney can guide you through the divorce process by reviewing paperwork for accuracy, making sure your rights are protected, and acting as a liaison between you and your spouse. When you are divorcing with large assets or if the divorce becomes contested, having an attorney is a must.
  • Take care of yourself. Divorce can be emotionally draining on you and your children. You can weather the storm by exercising regulalry, keeping in touch with friends/families, and maintaining an open mind so your divorce is resolved amicably.

Contact our Thousand Oaks attorney today at (805) 725-5277 to request your free phone consultation.