About 60 percent of the U.S. population is married and roughly 10 percent are divorced. In California, about 76 percent of all marriages end in divorce.

The dissolution of a marriage can be frustrating, painful, upsetting and costly. To ensure that your rights and needs are aggressively represented, consult with one of the experienced divorce lawyers at the Law Offices of David S. Chesley, Inc.

We are committed to providing our clients with discreet, professional representation to:

  • help them successfully separate from their spouse
  • retain the assets they deserve
  • help them win favorable custody and visitation agreements, if children are involved
  • negotiate fair spousal support, alimony and/or child support payments
  • negotiate a fair division of debt, should the couple share debt
  • ultimately allow our clients to move on with their lives

Types of Divorce

While laws regarding divorce waiting periods vary from state to state, in most cases, divorces are categorized as either:

  • Fault-based divorce, in which a marriage can only be ended in the event one party can prove the other spouse did something that violated the marriage. Fault-based divorces tend to be more costly and acrimonious than no-fault based divorces due to the increased likelihood of personal attacks during the divorce proceedings.
  • No-fault divorce, in which a marriage is dissolved without having to prove fault on the part of one party. Irreconcilable differences and incompatibility are grounds for a no-fault divorce.

Other types of divorce include:

  • Summary or simple divorce, which is usually reserved for marriages less than 5 years in which there were no children and minimal mutual property was owned.
  • Uncontested divorce, in which the divorcing parties are able to come up with a mutually acceptable agreement regarding custody, division of property, etc.
  • Collaborative or mediated divorce, in which agreements regarding property division, custody, etc. are conducted via mediation between the divorcing parties and their respective lawyers.

Divorce Statistics

The following statistics on divorce were compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau, the National Center for Health Statistics and the Americans for Divorce Reform:

  • The average age at which a man experiences his first divorce is 30.5 years old.
  • The average age at which a woman experiences her first divorce is 29 years old.
  • Most divorces (in first marriages) are filed after 7 to 8 years of marriage.
  • Only 5 percent of marriages make it to the 50th wedding anniversary.

If you are considering a divorce and are in need of an experienced divorce attorney, contact the Law Offices of David S. Chesley, Inc. for help today. We will work fast to get your divorce resolved in a timely manner so you can move forward with your life.