With more than 60 percent of California marriages ending in divorce, the court system can be backed up with divorce-related issues resulting in delays of months. Sacramento Judge James Mize has created the revolutionary one-day divorce with the intention of relieving some of this congestion.
This quickie divorce is not without controversy, but it does serve a population that otherwise would not be able to afford representation. This flagship program is intended for low-income families and has specific income limit requirements for participation.
A petitioner can seek a one-day divorce as long as the following conditions are met:
Both spouses meet the income limit requirements
Six months have passed since the petitioner initially filed
The partners have agreed on all relevant issues, including division of assets, spousal and child support and shared parenting
At this point in time the one-day divorce is not intended to serve the general population, only those low-income families who can benefit from a streamlined divorce process. Most couples require legal representation during a divorce, and most attorneys recommend both partners seek representation even if they pursue mediation or file for divorce themselves directly with the court.
The one-day divorce program runs on the service of volunteers. Law school students assist program participants with paperwork and accompany the parties to meetings and the final hearing.
Volunteer attorneys assist participants in reaching an agreement and instruct the law student volunteers in preparation of the required forms. These attorneys serve as temporary judges and are empowered to make certain decisions for divorcing couples if they are not able to agree on all terms.
If you are divorcing, hire a divorce attorney. If you are not able to afford an attorney and can agree on the terms of your divorce, you might qualify for a one-day divorce.
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