Making the decision to divorce is no simple task. Very often the decision is made somewhat reluctantly, since couples typically must address many emotional and painful issues in order to reach that point. But once the choice is made, parties must realize that there are procedural steps to take in order to preserve and protect one's legal rights, whether it be for child support, spousal support, custody and visitation, or rights to certain marital property. The California family code governs family law matters in the San Diego area and throughout the state. If you are facing dissolution of marriage, you are encouraged to contact a family law attorney who has extensive knowledge of the local laws and procedures.
In a recent divorce case, the husband and wife were living in different states when they decided to end the marriage: California and Colorado. Both parties had significant ties to California before they were married. The husband founded a company in Mountain View in 1992 and later relocated another company he founded to Palo Alto. The wife went to Stanford University and later to the University of California at Berkeley for a law degree. She was admitted to practice law in California in 1987. The couple got married in 1999 in Carmel. But during their marriage, they lived with their three children primarily in Aspen, Colorado.
According to the facts of the case, between 2002 and 2011, the parties were registered to vote in Colorado, paid state income taxes only to Colorado, and had Colorado state driver's licenses. Despite this connection to Colorado, the parties also maintained ties to California. They own real estate in Carmel and two homes in Los Altos. The husband also maintains an airplane hangar and an apartment in Monterey. Additionally, the couple founded a company in Sunnyvale, California. Typically, the husband worked in California during the week and flew back to Aspen each weekend to be with his family.