Frequently Asked Questions
| What is a Legal Document Assistant (LDA)?
As per California Business and Professional Code §6400 states that a Legal Document Assistant (LDA) provides self-help service to a member of the public who is representing himself or herself in a legal matter. LDA’s can assist in the preparation of legal documents at the person’s specific direction and provide general published factual information that has been written or approved by an attorney. Legal Document Assistants must be bonded and registered with the County Court Clerk in which they conduct their business.
Why use a Legal Document Assistant?
Divorce Proceedings can easily run up costs exceeding $100,000 in attorney’s fees. Using a Legal Document Assistant to help prepare your documents can save significant costs in a divorce.
How soon can you file the initial Petition and how long does it take for a divorce to be finalized in California?
We can file the initial Petition one or two days after you first come in to see us. The divorce process takes six months from the date the Respondent, your spouse, is served.
Do I have to file for divorce in the State where I was married?
No. You have to file in the State where you reside. The requirement is to be a resident in California for at least six months and of the County for at least three months before you file the Petition for divorce.
Do I need to hire an attorney?
Many legal proceedings do not require you to hire the services of an attorney. You can choose to represent yourself ("In Pro Per"). We as a Legal Document Assistant have the knowledge and experience to type and complete the documents for you under your specific directions.
How much Child Support can I receive?
You can agree with your spouse to a specific amount. If not, Support is calculated based on both parties’ incomes and the percentage of visitation time spent with the children.
How soon can I collect Child Support?
It is possible to collect child support as soon as 4 or 6 weeks.