Divorce is never an easy thing. It takes a serious mental, emotional, financial, and physical toll on all those involved. Divorce rates across the United States, however, has remained high and steady. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 2017 experienced a slight increase. In the demographic group of 15 years and over, nearly 11% were divorced, while 48.2% were married, 5.8% were widowed, 2.0% were separated, and 33.1% were never married.
Like the U.S. example, divorce has remained steady in Ventura County. When you are ready to discuss your own divorce, contact an experienced Ventura County divorce attorney. In the meantime, here's some basic information about divorce in Ventura County, California.
Overview of Divorce in Ventura County
Divorce rates or marital status overall in Ventura County mirrors the United States example already-mentioned above. In Ventura County, the below marital statistics represent persons aged 15 or over:
- 36% have never been married;
- 48% are now married;
- 2% are separated;
- 3% live without his or her spouse;
- 2% are widowed; and
- 8% are divorced.
The 8% of divorced persons account for nearly 68,000 people. Ventura County, however, is not high of the list of counties with the highest rates of divorce in California. In fact, it is ranked 36 among 58 counties.
Divorce Court in Ventura County
It is important to prepare properly for divorce court in Ventura County. Before preparing divorce papers, however, you should know that in order to file for dissolution of your marriage, at least one spouse must have:
- lived in California for a minimum of 6 months, and
- lived in the county where the divorce will be filed for at least 3 months.
In Ventura County, divorce papers will be filed at the Family Law division at the County of Ventura Superior Court of California, which is located at:
800 S Victoria Avenue
Ventura, CA 93009
The fee to file a petition for dissolution or to respond to the dissolution of marriage or domestic partnership is $435.00. The papers and fee will be filed with the clerk of the court. There must be one original and two copies of the petition and accompanying papers.
Divorce & Domestic Violence
Sometimes when a person files a divorce, heated arguments may transpire, and sometimes those arguments can lead to assault or other actions. If you have been harmed or threatened with harm by your spouse, you can request a restraining order via the same Ventura County Superior Court. If you need help completing the forms, you can contact the District Attorney Victim Services Unit in Room 311 of the Hall of Justice Building at the Ventura Government Center.
Important Issues in a Ventura County Divorce
When you move to dissolve your marriage, there are a number of other issues that will be determined during this process – of course, each "issue" is dependent on your specific circumstances. Below is a list of some of these dissolution matters:
- asset division, which is the process to identify assets and debts and distribute them;
- child custody and visitation, which is the process to determine who, where, and when a child lives with a parent, is visited by parents, among other things;
- child support, which is the process to determine whether and how much one parent will provide financial or other support (e.g., health insurance) to the child;
- spousal support, which is the process to determine whether and how much one former spouse or partner provides financial or other support to the dependent ex-spouse.
There are other matters that may need to be addressed, too, like prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. These agreements can have a serious impact on the distribution of property. Sometimes, however, these agreements can be challenged. If challenging the agreement is to your benefit, your attorney will discuss options with you.
Contact Hoffer Family Law Firm Today
Jeffrey L. Hoffer is a Certified Family Law Specialist and dedicates his entire practice to family law matters, including divorce and all the above-mentioned issues stemming from a divorce. He has years of experience, and as a testimony to that experience, he has helped hundreds of people enduring a divorce in a timely fashion while upholding their interests throughout the process. Attorney Hoffer is smart, committed, and honest.
Contact his office to learn more about his approach to family law generally and divorce specifically in Ventura County.