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How High Is California’s Divorce Rate?

By The Law Offices of Ronald K. Stitch|June 15, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted just about every aspect of our lives. It has been unprecedented, from our everyday shopping to our ability to receive medical care. Unfortunately, the pandemic has also led to a spike in divorce rates worldwide. Here, we want to discuss what this could mean for residents of California.

How Has COVID-19 Affected Divorce Rates

The COVID-19 pandemic has offered a rare opportunity to see how different communities worldwide respond to the same disaster. In this case, marriage experts are watching the rising number of divorces in China, Europe, and other areas affected by the pandemic. In most areas worldwide, reports of a spike in the divorce rate began as soon as quarantine and stay-at-home orders were enacted.

A USA TODAY article points out that, until recently, divorce statistics were somewhat optimistic. According to data from the US Census Bureau, fewer people are getting married in the US, and even fewer have been getting divorced. In 2008, the US divorce rate was 10.5 per 1,000 women. In 2018, this figure had dropped to 7.7 per 1,000 women.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced people to stay at home with their spouses, and this is likely to lead to a rise in the divorce rate. Determining official statistics for California’s divorce rate can be challenging. Unlike most other states, California does not release official divorce statistics at the state level. However, some California cities already rank high for divorce rates. This includes Oildale, Saratoga, Florence-Graham, Cupertino, Cudahy, and Coachella.

California has a mandatory waiting period of six months from the time a divorce case is started until a couple can legally end their marriage. California’s waiting period is more extended than in many other states, and this six month can be challenging for those ready for their marriage to be over. Divorce cases can be complex, and some of the issues that need to be settled before a divorce can be finalized include:

Why Is An Attorney Necessary For A Westlake Village Divorce Case

When most people begin to think about divorce, their minds often wonder whether or not they need an attorney to help them with the case. At the Law Offices of Ronald K. Stitch, we only pressure people into working with an attorney if they do not need one. However, we offer a consultation to discuss the entire divorce process with any prospective client. We want any person who is considering divorce to know that there can be complications. Even in an uncontested divorce situation where both sides may be amicable, an attorney must handle the situation.

An attorney is an essential element of the process for contested divorces, in which one or both sides disagree with the various aspects of the divorce. These cases can become incredibly complex, and if either side does not have an attorney, it could lead to significant financial and emotional struggles throughout the divorce and after it is finalized. A Westlake Village divorce attorney will help ensure you have peace of mind during this difficult time.

Has The Covid-19 Pandemic Changed The Divorce Process

Most people will not need to worry about significant delays or problems caused by COVID-19 during their divorce. There were substantial court delays early in the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in the spring and summer of 2020. As the court system and law offices around the state were figuring out how to deal with the pandemic, there needed to be more clarity about handling ongoing and new divorce cases.

Now, we all understand the steps involved in ensuring the safety of every party throughout the divorce process. We work to ensure that our clients are safe. We wear masks and ensure proper social distancing inside our offices. Additionally, our attorneys are available for virtual consultations for your divorce case. The court system in California has also gained an understanding of how to handle court processes in these situations.

Let Our Team Help With Your Divorce Case

If you are going through a divorce or are looking into the possibility of separating from your spouse, you need to seek assistance from an attorney as soon as possible. Divorce cases can become complicated, but the Law Offices of Ronald K. Stitch team is ready to stand by your side. We can handle every aspect of your divorce case, from asset division and alimony to child support and custody. You do not have to go through this alone. When you need a compassionate Westlake Village divorce attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 818-707-0202.

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