Divorce may feel like a forbidden topic, but sometimes in marriage it is the only way to move forward. Divorce is the ending of a union, but it’s also a beginning – the start of a new life for you and your spouse. Filing for divorce in Santa Ana can be daunting, especially if this is your first marriage. The Santa Ana divorce lawyers at Boyd Law can make the process much simpler for you, guiding you through the steps and representing your best interests during mediation or trial. Our Orange County divorce attorneys can help you dissolve your marriage according to your specific goals and needs.
Marriage and Divorce Rates in Santa Ana
Santa Ana, California, sits adjacent to the Santa Ana River in the south of the state. It was founded in 1869 by William H. Spurgeon and incorporated in 1886 with a population of 2,000. Today, it is the second most populous city in Orange County, with 329,427 residents as of the last census. There are around 74,757 households in Santa Ana, with 41,389 (56.3%) households containing opposite-sex married couples and 556 (0.8%) same-sex married couples.
Although California is one of five states that do not report divorce statistics to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an article from David Whiting of The Orange County Register states that on average 33 people in Orange County initiate divorce proceedings every day. The divorce rate in O.C. is 60%. According to national statistics in 2015, 3.1 people per 1,000 population divorced while 6.9 per 1,000 married. That’s a divorce rate of around 45% – 15% lower than Orange County’s rates.
Why are so many Orange County residents filing for divorce? Some of the most common reasons to dissolve a marriage are lack of communication, financial problems, infidelity, and addiction. In California, you may file for divorce without having to prove that one spouse did something wrong. It is a no-fault divorce state. To file, one must simply state “irreconcilable differences” as the reason – in other words, the couple cannot get along. Regardless of your reason, if you know divorce is the right thing to do, consult with a family law attorney in Santa Ana.
How to File for Divorce in Santa Ana
If you know that divorce is the right move to end your relationship, consult with the family law lawyers at Boyd Law right away. A discussion with one of our divorce attorneys can help you understand what type of split is best for you, and what paperwork you must file to get the ball rolling. We have the documents you need to file for divorce in Santa Ana, as well as connections with experts to help you and your spouse draw up child custody, child support, and spousal support agreements if necessary. Our Southern California law firm has everything you need in one convenient location.
If your divorce involves high-value assets, children, child/spousal support agreements, a jointly owned business, or another element that makes it complex, we suggest retaining an attorney from our Orange County law offices. The same is true if you or your spouse is contesting the divorce. This means that someone does not agree with the terms the filing spouse has laid out in the divorce documents. A Santa Ana divorce lawyer can help negotiate contested divorce cases or provide legal advice and support during mediation. Call our family law attorneys at (949) 753-1028 to schedule a free initial consultation, or contact our law offices via our free online form today.