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I can't express how thankful I am for Hello Divorce.I had a very simple divorce, and my daughter had just graduated from law school, so we thought we could do this ourselves through the court's website. My forms were rejected TWICE! It took so much time and work to complete the forms, and the whole thing was just so frustrating. So I gave up and decided to get help, even though I couldn't afford any crazy attorney fees.I randomly found Hello Divorce. Erin was so efficient. She was clearly not trying to drag things out or get extra money. One of the main reasons my forms were getting rejected is ONE OF THE FORMS LABELED OPTIONAL IS NOT OPTIONAL!!! Come on!? What are people supposed to do?!Anyway, I hope no one has to divorce, but I highly recommend Hello Divorce!
Parvin Lilley
Parvin Lilley
19:39 24 Nov 20
After a very long struggle trying to take care of my divorce by representing myself, Hello Divorce and the lawyers who I worked with made the rest of the journey SO easy. I simply passed the torch answered some questions and then waited. I knew I was in good hands. Then, to my delight, I got notification that my divorce was final and I was restored to single status. I got everything I had asked for and I could not be more thrilled. Hello Divorce is affordable, accessible and they provide amazing customer service. I would highly recommend it to anyone. Divorce is hard, and they made it a lot easier for me.
anne clark
anne clark
15:58 20 Jun 20
I suspect that few things in life can seem more terrifying or overwhelming than beginning the divorce process. Hello Divorce shifted all the awful stereotypes of screaming and fighting about power cords and coffee tables into a calm, hyper efficient but compassionate process. The clearly defined path allowed us to move quickly through it, and the neutrality of it minimized contention and enabled us to share our money, rather than gifting it to lawyers who’s job it is to turn us against each other. While I wish divorce on no one, I would recommend this service to my best of friends. A very 21st century way of doing divorce well.
Tali Krakowsky Apel
Tali Krakowsky Apel
06:04 23 Apr 20
There are times during a divorce procedure when all you want to do is feel like you've made good choices in your life. When I first contacted Hello Divorce on the recommendation from a friend I was in need of one of those moments. After speaking with Desiree I felt I finally had it after years of it eluding me, indispensable during a time when I otherwise felt either totally helpless and inept or else completely taken advantage of. Divorce is after all riddled with pitfalls, traps and dark corners.The Hello Divorce process started for me with a free 15 minute phone consultation, then a deeper more involved paid call in which I got answers to questions both general and highly specific to my own situation. To hire them on with their flat fee package was an absolute no-brainer decision, finally, after so many previous ones spent wringing my hands and going gray over.They get you set up with all your paperwork and solid, experienced counsel. But for me it was the legwork that I was most appreciative of - not having to figure out what and where to file when that was the last thing I wanted to do with my time and without the worry of having the court reject me for some silly oversight, or else having to wait in endless lines down at the courthouse trying to do it all myself. This kind of comfort can be invaluable during what otherwise can be an incredibly fraught and confusing time in your life. For me I was happy to know the team was on my side. They even helped out with free notary services when that was needed as well. It's the little things.A divorce process can be filled with friction. These guys took so much of that away. They were super responsive over email, and understanding and patient when things didn't go exactly according to plan.I highly recommend Hello Divorce for anyone trying to figure out how to handle your own divorce. These guys are great people, providing an invaluable service, at extraordinary rates. This at least was one decision in my life I felt 100% confident about. Money well spent, help well received. Thanks so much guys!
Nico C
Nico C
07:39 24 Jan 20
I am a family law attorney and divorce mediator with 30 years of experience in the field and I find what Erin Levine has created with Hello Divorce and Divorce Navigator to be amazing! The traditional divorce process is extremely expensive, divisive and disempowering. Hello Divorce allows clients to handle their divorce, no matter how simple or complicated with all the support needed but without the extraordinary price tag. I recommend Hello Divorce to all of my divorce mediation clients in California and can’t wait until it is available for all 50 states!!
Susan Guthrie, Esq.
Susan Guthrie, Esq.
00:53 28 May 19
Brilliant tool for people deciding to legally divorce but who don’t want to spend thousands on attorney fees.
dani bruyn
dani bruyn
00:50 28 May 19
People often say that going through a divorce is like experiencing a death. I never understood this analogy until went through my divorce. I was afraid, overwhelmed, confused and alone. My Attorney was slow to return calls/emails, didn’t support me and often sided with my husband and his attorney (for example, telling me I shouldn't push for spousal support). After firing him, I was in desperate need to find an Attorney who could quickly step in, get up to speed and have my best interest in mind. That’s when I found Hello Divorce. After my free 15 minute strategy session with Erin Levine, a sense of relief came over me, I felt empowered and I knew everything would be ok. The Hello Divorce team is responsive, supportive, strategic and professional. I was able to manage the process with the support of the Hello Divorce team and get answers to my many questions. Their emails were thorough and they turned documents around quickly. They prepared all the forms/documents, sent them to me for signature and then filed the documents with the court. The resources (library resources and Do It Yourself Videos) were invaluable and I chose to do all my coaching/consulting by phone so I didn't have to take time off work.I will forever be grateful to Hello Divorce. It was a non-traditional, inexpensive way to dissolve my divorce. The flat fee left me with no surprises which was a relief because I had enough worry about.I would recommend Hello Divorce to anyone who is looking for great legal support! You will be educated and receive great support and advice. They have payment options that work for all budgets. Whether you choose the flat rate or the monthly fee option, you will not be disappointed!
Nicole Terrell
Nicole Terrell
03:21 14 Jan 19

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California Divorce is a 3 Step Process

We've gathered all the information you need for a smart, hassle-free divorce. We're here to support and guide you through the process. Stay the course…

Step 1: The Petition

Every Divorce (or Domestic Partnership Dissolution) starts with the Petition. If you file first, you’re the Petitioner. Your spouse is the Respondent. There is generally no legal advantage to being the Petitioner vs. the Respondent. The Forms: Quick Tip: Every time you file a document, you need an original and two copies.

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The Response

Or, if your spouse has filed the Petition, file your Response. You do not have to file a Response, however, it’s often a good idea to (especially if you think your divorce will be contested). Should I file a response? The Forms:

Note

A Summons is filed with the Petition that has some basic restraining orders that apply to both parties. Among other things, both parties are ordered by the court not to:
  • Remove kids from the state
  • Cash, borrow against cancel or change beneficiaries of any insurance policy
  • Create a will or trust that affects the disposition of joint or separate property
  • Transfer, borrow against, conceal or dispose of any property (without written consent of the other party or a court order).

Temporary Orders (Optional)

Divorces take at least 6 months and 1 day after the Petition is served (that's just the way it is). If that feels like too long to go without help from the court, you don’t have to wait until your divorce is final. At anytime during your divorce, you can request orders from the court to assist with:
  • Child custody and visitation
  • Child support
  • Spousal support
  • Lawyer fees
  • Exclusive use of home or financial accounts, payments of debts, other temporary property orders
The (Usual) Forms: Quick Tip: Usually it takes 4-8 weeks to obtain a court date. If you have "exigent circumstances" (such as your spouse won’t allow you to see your kids or you don’t have enough money to pay for basic necessities such as food or rent), you should consider filing an additional document with your RFO. This process is called an "Ex Parte" and/or a Request for an "Order Shortening Time." Quick Tip: If you and your spouse can come to an agreement before the actual hearing, you can prepare, sign and file a Stipulation and Order (and avoid steps 4-6 above). Use our template or hire us to prepare and file the docs for you.

Court Hearings

Depending on how complex or contested your case is, there are other court hearings that might take place in this step. Learn more about these types of court hearings.

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Need help strategizing your request for orders? Schedule a legal coaching session. We also have lots of DIY videos and templates to help you file your documents and prepare for a court hearing.

Step 2: Financial Disclosures

You are required to exchange court forms that disclose complete information about your income (from all sources), expenses, property and debts with your spouse. Even if you already have a full agreement with your spouse (good for you!), you still must exchange these documents. We’ve got loads of resources to help you with this. We recommend that you start with these to get a sense for what they are and what documents you’ll need to gather to complete them: All the info you need for your financial disclosures Disclosures (in a nut shell) The Forms:   Quick Tip: The fancy (legal) word for disclosures is “Preliminary (or Final) Declaration of Disclosure” or PDDs. Disclosures and discovery responses become both negotiation and (if necessary) trial tools. Quick Tip: If you or your spouse did not file a Response back in Step 1, the person who did not respond does not have to prepare disclosures.  

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Step 3: Written Agreement + Judgment Forms

There are different ways the two of you can come to an agreement.

  1. Start with our Divorce Worksheet to ensure you know all the issues that need to be resolved before you finalize your divorce. Consider speaking with a lawyer to flesh out your various positions or calculate support prior to negotiating with your spouse.
  2. Get more information: Something missing? Ask your spouse to disclose informally. If that doesn’t work, consider a more formal process to obtain the information you need (we can help!)
  3. Negotiate, mediate, or litigate: Negotiation can be by email, in person or with a consulting attorney. Mediation is usually with an experienced, neutral family law mediator who can guide you through the process and help you and your spouse come to an agreement on all the substantive issues (think: kids, support, property and debt). Litigation is your last resort – if the two of you just can’t come to an agreement that feels fair and reasonable.
Basic Forms:

Your Divorce Judgment is a Big Deal

If there is one part of your divorce to focus on, this is it. No part of your divorce will matter more. Having the best of intentions without educating yourself on your rights is doing yourself a huge disservice. The terms in your divorce judgment can have a profound impact on your future, and if you are anything like us — you want to move past this point in your life with a fresh, strong start — transition to a new, healthier, mindful space.

Resources to Support You

Consult our resource library to help you strategize your position and negotiate with your spouse.

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Premium members have unlimited access to our Divorce Navigator, form generating software, instructional videos, and DIY templates. Already a member? Login here. Schedule a FREE 15 minute strategy session, sign up for a free Starter membership, or learn more about our membership options.

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We will prepare, review, and/or file your documents for you with DIY Pro, Divorce Plus or Divorce with Benefits.

Submitting Your Judgment

Have we mentioned that it's a REALLY good idea to have us review your Judgment before you submit?

A Few Final Notes…

Your divorce will be complete after your Judgment is filed -  but there’s still a few steps you should take to ensure that you and your family are financially protected.
    1. If you would like to legally change your last name to your maiden name, look no further! This resource gives you all the details for getting that accomplished.
    2. Make sure that the Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) is entered and implemented (if there is a provision in your Judgment that provides retirement account(s) will be divided by QDRO). Look to our resources, What is a QDRO and Understanding QDROs for more.
    3. Change your beneficiaries (life, health, pay on death accounts, etc.) assuming it doesn’t conflict with your Divorce Judgment.
    4. Change title and mortgage information (may need to refinance) to your residence to reflect the name of the spouse who the asset was assigned to. If you are "deferring sale" (holding off on selling or transferring the home until a date certain), you should consider severing joint tenancy or changing title to reflect tenants-in-common so that you each hold a 50% interest in the home.
    5. Update your will or other estate planning documents including power of attorney and/or advanced health care directive.
    6. Notify your auto insurer of any changes in automobile drivers, ownership and addresses.
    7. Remove your name from any debts or loans that are no longer your responsibility (to the extent possible).
    8. If you change jobs, notify your new employer of any court ordered support you currently pay through automatic withholding (wage garnishment).
    9. Celebrate how far you have come! Divorce is a marathon - not a sprint. You've worked hard to get here and we wish you the best in your next chapter.

We get it, easier said than done.


But assuming your divorce is amicable (or heading in that direction), you can do this without full representation by a lawyer. Just remember, this is a process that you can’t avoid – but that doesn’t mean you need to struggle with it alone or spend $26,200 (the average cost of divorce per person in California). Take this one step at a time – we’ve guided & coached 1000s of people through the process before you – we like helping (and we're good at it).

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