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Divorce, Legal Separation & Annulment

Divorce

A dissolution of marriage (more commonly known as divorce) terminates the marriage of the spouses and resolves issues between them, including child custody, visitation, child support, spousal support, asset and debt division, former name restoration, and even restraining orders. No court appearance necessary if both parties are agreeable.

Legal Separation

A legal separation is similar to a divorce in terms of the range of issues that are resolved in the case, except that the parties remain married to each other. Because the parties remain legally married, neither party may marry someone else until a full divorce is filed. No court appearance necessary if both parties are agreeable.

Annulment

An annulment is a proceeding to declare a marriage void and not legally valid. A court appearance is necessary for most Annulment cases.

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PINK Legal Service Fees

DOCUMENT PREPARATION:

  • Service Fee – $950
  • Preparation of typed settlement agreement to a maximum of one (1) hour of preparation time. Client to provide a completed agreement, including specific details.
  • Includes 6 communications (text, email, in person meeting (drop-in) or a call)
  • If you need, want, or require help with your agreement with coaching, mediation and/or settlement discussion services available @ $225/hr. in 10-minute increments. See below.
  • No client court appearance or involvement necessary.
  • Plus, Court File Fee or Court File Fee Waiver (must qualify—low income or government assistance)

MEDIATION, COACHING AND SETTLEMENT DISCUSSION:

  • Mediation – Work with “both” parties to answer questions and come to a fair and reasonable agreement of the issues (property divisions, custody, support issues, etc.). A signed “Agreement to Mediate” required.
    • NOTE: This option is typically when the parties are at odds.
  • Coaching – Work one-on-one to answer questions, clear up confusion and help draft your agreement.
    • NOTE: This gives the client a safe space to discuss options, understand the process and try to formulate a fair and reasonable agreement/ideas to propose to the other party.
  • Settlement Discussion – review clients and/or parties’ agreement terms and discuss language, options, suggestions, etc. to help come up with a final version of the agreement.
    • NOTE: This option is often when parties are working together cooperatively.
  • At any stage before, during or after any family law related matter.
  • Client controls the costs.
  • Billed at $225/hr. in 10-minute increments.
  • All communications (text, email, in person meeting (drop-in) or call) billed at 10-minute increments.
  • Phone or Virtual.
    • NOTE: In person is available, but days/times are limited. Additional fees apply.

ADDITIONAL SERVICES/FEES:

  • Communication with Spouse to Explain Process – $120 (phone or virtually)
  • Mediation, Coaching or Settlement Consultation – $225/hr. (phone, virtual or in-person)
  • PLEASE NOTE: Additional fees may be charged if your matter becomes contested or if mediation/coaching/settlement consultation services are needed.

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Divorce Process Overview

  1. Complete questionnaire—email, over the phone or in-person.
  2. Contract and PINK Legal service fee due.
  3. Initial documents prepared (Summons and Petition.)
  4. Initial documents reviewed, signed and filed with the Court—Court file fee or Fee Waiver due.
  5. Client will receive a filed copy, plus a copy to be personally served on spouse. This is client’s responsibility.  Once spouse is served, a mandatory waiting period begins (varies depending on the type of separation.)
  6. Client to complete and return an Income and Expense Declaration. This is a mandatory court requirement.
  7. Marital Settlement Agreement (or “MSA”) prepared, reviewed and signed by both parties(if applicable). NOTE: An MSA divides property, assets and debts of a marriage. It spells out the rights of both parties, and settles issues of child custody/visitation and spousal/child support.
  8. Final documents prepared (Judgment), reviewed by client and then submitted to the Court for the Judge’s signature and Order.
  9. Client to follow-up with the DMV, Social Security Administration and other licensing boards to change name (if applicable).
  10. Client to consider a Living Trust/Estate Plan/Will and Powers of Attorney documents.  At minimum, make sure beneficiaries are updated.

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Bakersfield

1701 Westwind Dr., Suite 109
Bakersfield, CA 93301
(661) 748-1112

M, T, Th: 9am – 5pm

Friday: 9am – 4pm
(Notary services available Monday & Thursday only)

Arroyo Grande

900 E. Grand Ave.
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
(805) 481-5551

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Friday: 9am – 4pm

Santa Maria / Orcutt

515 Clark Ave.
Orcutt, CA 93455
(805) 928-8222

Tuesday: 10am – 5pm

Wednesday: 9am – 5pm

 

Los Angeles / San Fernando Valley

Virtual & In-Person
(805) 286-8086

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Our Locations

Bakersfield

1701 Westwind Dr., Suite 109
Bakersfield, CA 93301
(661) 748-1112

Arroyo Grande

900 E. Grand Ave.
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
(805) 481-5551

Santa Maria / Orcutt

515 Clark Ave.
Orcutt, CA 93455
(805) 928-8222

Los Angeles / California

Virtual & In-Person
(888) 505-PINK (7465)

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Think of us as right in the middle between Do-It-Yourself and hiring an attorney.

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