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Divorce and Mediation

An amicable divorce in California simply means a divorce that does not involve litigation. There is still a divorce petition. There is also usually a response to the petition. These are both filed and served.  You may use LDA Document Services as long as you have an uncontested divorce and meet the state’s residency requirement. 

What If My Spouse and I do not agree on every issue in Our Divorce?

Just because you haven’t been able to agree with your spouse about everything in your divorce, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to go through an expensive and time-consuming contested divorce. You could try mediation. If you’re able to resolve your disagreements with the mediator’s help, you can then  prepare the written settlement agreement, along with the other divorce paperwork.

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Summary Dissolution
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Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce)

This action can be filed by a married person to end a marital relationship. Along with restoring the parties to single status, the court will issue orders for custody and visitation of the minor children of the marriage, child support, and spousal support, and confirm or divide community and separate property assets and debts

Qualified Domestic Relations Order

A Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) is a legal order that allows for the division of retirement benefits between divorcing spouses or domestic partners. In California, the QDRO process is a common way to divide retirement benefits in a divorce or legal separation.

Here's how the QDRO process typically works in California:

  1. Determine which retirement benefits are subject to division: Not all retirement benefits are eligible for division in a divorce or legal separation. Typically, only benefits that were earned during the marriage or domestic partnership are subject to division. Additionally, some types of retirement benefits, such as Social Security benefits, are not divisible through a QDRO.

  2. Draft the QDRO: A QDRO is a complex legal document that must meet specific legal requirements. It's important to work with a qualified attorney who has experience drafting QDROs to ensure that the order is accurate and legally enforceable. The QDRO must be approved by the plan administrator before it can be implemented.

  3. Submit the QDRO to the court: Once the QDRO has been drafted and approved, it must be submitted to the court for approval. The court will review the QDRO to ensure that it meets all legal requirements and is fair to both parties. Once the court approves the QDRO, it becomes a legal order that the plan administrator must follow.

  4. Implementation of the QDRO: Once the QDRO has been approved by the court, it must be implemented by the plan administrator. The plan administrator will divide the retirement benefits according to the terms of the QDRO. It's important to note that some retirement plans have specific requirements for the implementation of QDROs, so it's important to work closely with the plan administrator to ensure that the QDRO is implemented correctly.

In summary, the QDRO process in California involves identifying which retirement benefits are subject to division, drafting a QDRO that meets legal requirements and is fair to both parties, submitting the QDRO to the court for approval, and implementing the QDRO according to the terms approved by the court. Working with an experienced attorney and plan administrator can help ensure that the QDRO process is completed correctly and efficiently.

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