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Going through a divorce can be one of the most stressful times in a person’s life. The choice to seek marital dissolution can be a difficult decision, especially when children are involved. The San Diego divorce lawyers at Dunne & Dunne hope to make it easier for you and your children. We represent clients in both contested and uncontested divorce. Our family law attorneys in San Diego listen to you and answer all of your questions. We will then evaluate your situation and advise you of all your options under the law.

Our goal is to help make the decisions that protect your legal rights, and that are in the best interests of your family and your children. We know there is more going on in your life than just your divorce. Ending a marriage is never something we take lightly. We strive to get to know you as a person, as an individual, so we can custom tailor an experience you can look back on without regret. Change is inevitable, but the stress and anxiety you feel about those changes does not have to be. Our team works hard everyday to help people going through divorce cope with stress, uncertainty, fear, and the financial issues that come with the territory.


Most often, you must file for divorce in the county in which you reside; however, you must abide by California residency rules. Rules indicate that you must have lived in California for the last six months and the county in which you file for the last three months. If you and your spouse have separated and now live in different counties, you can file in either of the two counties. If you don’t meet the residency rules for a divorce, you can still file for a legal separation. California is a community property state, which means that the goal of a divorce settlement is to divide marital property in half. Under California’s community property laws, assets and debts spouses acquire during marriage belong equally to both of them, and they must divide them equally in divorce. There are three crucial steps to property division:

  • determine whether the property (or debt) is marital or separate
  • agree on a value for marital property, and
  • decide how to divide the property.

Many times, couples will disagree on how things such as child custody or property should be divided. A divorce is not always a straightforward resolution. The results of a divorce can affect you for years to come. Of course, you may be able to seek divorce modifications down the road, but it does not apply to everything and it is not always easy. A San Diego, La Quinta, and Southern California divorce lawyer at Dunne Family Law can help you find a resolution to a number of family law related areas such as:

  • Contested divorce
  • Uncontested divorce
  • High net worth divorce
  • Legal separation
  • Child custody
  • Property division
  • Debt division
  • Spousal support
  • Child support
  • Child visitation
  • Maintenance
  • Modifications
  • Post decree matters
  • Parentage


At Dunne & Dunne our San Diego, La Quinta, and Southern California divorce lawyers have extensive experience in family law. All of our resources are focused on assisting families in this complicated area of law. If you are going through a divorce contact us today for a free initial consultation. We represent clients throughout San Diego, La Quinta, and Southern California. We employ common sense and attempt to cost-effectively resolve disputes. When the need arises, however, we are prepared to litigate and take matters to trial. We know that strong litigators keep their clients out of court, but if trial is necessary, we are experienced litigators who feel that the court is our playground. Don’t wait, contact us today at 619-232-9260.