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Ventura Divorce Attorneys

Serving Ventura County, Oxnard, & Surrounding Areas

Divorce is a difficult process to go through, mentally, emotionally, and financially, however, with the right legal counsel and representation you do not have to take on everything alone. At SANTO MEHAS A Professional Law Corporation, we pride ourselves on providing compassionate and comprehensive divorce services with a holistic approach. With unwavering dedication to our clients, we go above and beyond to ensure we are exceeding our clients’ expectations every step of the way.

Contact us online or call us at (805) 222-7818 and let us know how we can assist with your divorce.

Do You Need a Lawyer for Divorce?

Hiring an attorney is not a requirement to divorce. There are ways to file on your own and represent yourself. However, retaining the services of an experienced lawyer is always recommended. A skilled attorney will be able to help you navigate through the complex areas of law that pertain to any divorce.

It is a common misconception that hiring an attorney will cause your divorce to become lengthier and more costly. At our firm, we have compassion and respect for all our clients who are going through this difficult time. We examine opportunities that will help expedite your divorce without overlooking critical steps.

Additional reasons to hire a lawyer for divorce include:

  • We can handle all the excess paperwork and documents that may seem overwhelming
  • We develop strategies that tailor to your priorities and needs
  • We will recommend which issues are worth your time pursuing
  • If there are assets that your spouse may be hiding, we can help discover them

Our objective is to save you time and headache. We will work with you every step of the way to achieve both short and long-term results.

Mediation Services

At SANTO MEHAS A Professional Law Corporation, we also offer mediation services led by attorney Donna Carol Santo, a certified specialist, Family Law California Board of Legal Specialization and certified mediator through the Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law.

Known as a form of alternative dispute resolution, divorce mediation is led by a neutral, third-party individual who helps you and your spouse come to an agreement regarding any issues you have about spousal support, child custody, and more.

Adversarial, Litigated Divorce Services

Although the collaborative process can be an effective resolution for some clients, it is not right for every case. For some cases, an amicable resolution is not possible. Litigated dispute resolution is sometimes the only option, which can be overwhelming to a family.

This is when it becomes critical to retain an experienced attorney you can trust in the event that your spouse tries to take advantage of you.

Our attorneys have over 70 years experience representing clients with all their divorce and separation needs.

What Is the Process for Getting Divorced in California?

If you do not qualify for a summary dissolution, a typical divorce consists of the following steps:

  • One spouse will file for divorce and serve the other divorce papers.
  • The spouse who was served has 30 days to file a response.
  • One spouse may request a temporary child custody, child support, and/or restraining order if needed.
  • The spouses go through a discovery period where they prepare the Preliminary Declaration of Disclosure, disclosing information about their finances, assets, property, and debts.
  • If each spouse has an attorney, they will all discuss a settlement.
  • If the case is resolved with an agreement, one attorney will prepare a Marital Settlement Agreement and each spouse, along with their attorneys, will sign this.
  • If a settlement cannot be reached, the case will be taken to court.
  • Once a settlement has been reached – whether by a Marital Settlement Agreement or court order– a judge will issue a Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage.

How Long Does It Take to Get Divorced/End a Domestic Partnership in California?

The divorce process takes at least 6 months to finalize and starts once one spouse files for divorce and serves his/her spouse/domestic partner with divorces papers.. It may take longer to finalize a divorce in California, but it will not be shorter than 6 months to complete.

Is California a Community Property State?

When it comes time to divide property during a divorce, all community property will be divided equally, or 50-50, in the state of California. California is a community property state, meaning all property and debt acquired from the date of marriage until the date of separation is subject to this type of division.

All community assets will either be divided according to the couple’s agreement, or, if they cannot reach an agreement, by the court.

Our Promise as Your Ventura Divorce Lawyers

Our lawyers can handle all aspects of a divorce, whether collaborative or adversarial in nature. We can litigate with aggression, or negotiate with compassion, employing whatever method is in your best interest.

Protect your children. Protect your family, now.

Contact us online or give us a call at (805) 222-7818 and let us know how we can assist with your divorce or separation.

Our Attorneys

Helping Families in Ventura Through Life's Difficult Choices

Our Values

Why Our Firm Is the Right Choice
  • Holistic Approach

    We aim to resolve conflict so you and your family can move on peacefully. We approach all aspects of a case, including the emotional, financial, and mental components, and advocate with you throughout.

  • Collaboration

    Collaborative divorce can be a great option for spouses looking to share joint custody of their child/children and the court looks favorably on this decision. When possible, we strive to come to a resolution that will benefit both spouses.

  • Children Come First

    We respect the fact that our clients trust us with important life-decisions. We strive to be as understanding and empathetic as we can with you and treat you like we would treat a close family member.

  • Compassionate Legal Services

    We respect the fact that our clients trust us with important life-decisions. We strive to be as understanding and empathetic as we can with you and treat you like we would treat a close family member.