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Top 5 Things to Consider When Seeking a Divorce in Los Angeles

If you’re thinking about getting a divorce and live in the Los Angeles area, we put together the top 5 things you should consider before proceeding.
 
1. Where to file in Los Angeles
 
There are 12 family law court locations throughout Los Angeles County, with the downtown courthouse located at:
Stanley Mosk Courthouse
111 North Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
 
To find the location nearest you, go to the L.A. courthouse website: http://www.lacourt.org/courthouse/mode/division/familylaw
 
2. Contested or uncontested?
 
If you have an amicable divorce, then you may be able to resolve the matter with the help of the family law facilitator. However, if things are not so smooth, you may need a divorce lawyer assist you.
 
3. Courts are busy – be prepared
 
LA Courts over busy, and judges want to move through cases efficiently. Before commencing any action, take time to gather any documents that will help your case. That could include emails, financial statements, and any other evidence that supports your position. Divorces are emotional, but the court does not make decisions based on emotion.
 
4. Should You Go “Pro-Per”?
 
Representing yourself is commonly known as going “Pro-per.” While this approach may make sense if the divorce is amicable, you may want to reconsider if there are custody or financial issues. Further, if your spouse shows up to court with an attorney, you may want to consider discussing your case with a divorce lawyer that offers a free consultation.
 
5. Where to get access to free legal information in Los Angeles
 
The following is a list of legal resources including. Even if you choose to hire an attorney, it’s a good idea to educate yourself on the law and process.
 
The downtown law library is located at (and more locations can be found be clicking the link above):
LA Law Library
301 W. First Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
 
If you need more assistance, call us to discuss your case at (310) 271-6290. Our divorce lawyers and over 20 years of experience helping families through the divorce process. We offer a free consultation for your convenience.