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California Divorce Courts Grind to a Halt

Overwhelmed by the high number of new divorce filings this summer, the courts of California are slowly grinding to a halt. Not completely of course, but do not hold your breath after you file for your divorce… you may die from lack of oxygen before getting your divorce final judgment.

Under extreme financial pressures at all levels of the State and County governments in California, numerous work furloughs, short work weeks and forced days off with no pay for many State and County workers, as well as the seasonal high numbers of summertime divorce filings, there is a bottleneck of new cases that has overwhelmed most Family Law Courtrooms in California. This only adds to the stress, anger and distrust most couples feel when all they desire is an end to their stress, anger and distrust! Divorce was never fun or easy… now it is even worse.

In an age of nearly instant everything in our lives, and with California still having pockets of recovery and financial prosperity for the few lucky enough to be in the right business at the right time, it is more difficult for those who are new to the divorce process to understand that some divorces take longer than the length of their marriages!

California Law requires a 6 month term for the divorce process, and of course there are those who can speed this up in the event that they can prove “emergency” need such is the case of a pending re-marriage. The bifurcation process allows the court to grant your divorce decree prior to the 6 month waiting period expiration, but this is not guaranteed nor advisable in all cases. Clearly the legislatures attempt to enforce a “cooling off” period during the divorce process was well intentioned, but is now seen as archaic and outdated. Tough economic struggles plague the Nation as a whole, and as more and more couples marriages implode from the onslaught of financial chaos, there can only be more struggles for these victims of this ongoing recession (The Great Depression of 2007 – 2012 and or beyond).

Frustrated Californian’s need patience and understanding now more than ever as they jump into a divorce, and unfortunately, almost all who do are sadly disappointed with the process.

California Divorce Rate Increases with Home Sales

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More Californians Filing for Divorce After Spring Homes Sales Increase!

According to a recent article on the Divorce Rates in 2011 and the Housing Market, the divorce rate in California was up for the first and going into the second quarter of 2011.

“With the seasonal high in the real estate market coming to an end, and the economy no better that it was a year ago for most Americans, the flurry of divorce filings that were funded by the cash proceeds of couples who sold their homes and are buying their way out of a bad marriage is coming to a end for 2011.

Real Estate sales peak in the spring, and then taper off with Graduations, Memorial Day trips and as the Summer drags on and people become focused on vacations, home improvement and the numerous distractions of the long hot summer days. And there has been a long pent up desire for couples to get divorced, fueled by the increase in financial pressures on marriages in this economy, the now “triple dip” Recession! With so many American’s under such heavy financial burden and debt, the stress of keeping a marriage and family together is more than most can handle. The problem is that it is this same financial stress that is killing the marriage that is keeping the couples from filing for a divorce. Simply put – they cannot afford the divorce lawyers, attorneys and the two households. Hell, most can’t afford the one miserable household they are in!

After surviving a lackluster Holiday season, there was much anticipation and media supporting the current political agenda that recovery was solid and financial miracles were about to occur. And we all know that has not happened. The Real Estate market is still miserably slow, with inventory levels quoted by industry “Outsiders” as hovering around the 9 month levels (That means that the number of homes offered for sale, with the current rate of sale, would take about 9 months to sell them all). The healthy figure used for comparison is around 6 months inventory. Sadly, these latest figures DO NOT ACCOUNT for the SHADOW INVENTORY, such as pending foreclosures, short sales, REO’s and other “Off the books” real estate that is just sitting in inventory, not being actively marketed or listed, and waiting for the bull-dozer of the Miraculous Recovery we have all been promised by Obama!

In reality, there are at least 36 months of housing inventory and the buyers are few and far between. In fact, within the next 12 months, over 50% of all home sales in America will be short sales. And according to Core Logic, that projection may be conservative in some states. Some of the worst hit states will suffer even more, with over half of all home sales in Michigan (62.8%), Nevada (60.3%), and Arizona (51.5%) being distressed sales – Foreclosures, Short Sales or REO’s.

Rounding out the top 10 states for distressed home sales were California, Utah, Idaho, Georgia, Florida, Colorado, and Hawaii.

So how does the real estate market effect the divorce rate? Simple. Divorce filings were up with the housing market, because couples were able to remove one of the factors keeping them from filing for divorce – their home and or mortgage. IF, upon selling their home, a married couple was able to realize a profit, an abnormally high percentage of them are using part of those proceeds to file for divorce.


And now that the seasonally adjusted REAL ESTATE SELLING AND BUYING high months are behind us, we are seeing divorce filings taper off. But make no mistake, the demand is still there, simmering just below the flotsam of financial decay and lost consumer confidence that has a stranglehold on American families, doubting that there is any real recovery coming anytime soon.”

With the annual housing sales boom now coming to an end, many native Californians hold their breath expecting nothing to change for the better, and fearing the whispers of a triple dip recession rolling over the state this summer and fall.  Silicon Valley seems to be chugging along with sectors of the high tech industry seeing some improvement, but the financial crisis in the Asian and European Markets could have disastrous effects on California’s economy.

Families in California have long led the National trends in just about every aspect of modern life, and it seems to that in Divorce, and divorce rates, the same is holding true with divorce rates.

Divorce Rate in California

Divorce Rate in California…

Welcome to Divorce Rate in California, the leading internet source for statistics on divorce in California, resources for Californians going through a divorce, information on Divorce Rates in California, data on the rate of divorce in California and factors that impact the divorce rate in California.

The Divorce Rate in California has for quite some time now been an indicator of the trends and rates of divorce nationwide. As in many things that Californian’s do, they tend to set the standards by which the rest of America follows. And the divorce rate is no different.

The State of California does not provide clear statistics (according to California Research Bureau, California State Library), but recent data published by the US Census indicates that in 2008, 8.3% of California men divorced and 9.9% of California women divorced. It is also reported that 19.5% of California men married and 17.8% of California women married.

In a 2008 Divorce Study, “Divorce Rate in the US, 2008″, a short “Family Profile” sheet from Bowling Green University’s National Center  for Family &  Marriage Research, reports on a more rarely calculated but much more informative version of the divorce rate — divorces per existing marriages, instead of the standard measure, the raw per capita divorce rate.

Findings include:

The US rate of divorces per married couple: 1.94 % in 2008. This means one out of every 52 couples divorced that year. The lowest was North Dakota with 1.43%. The highest was DC at 3.45% (although it has recently had the LOWEST raw per capita divorce rate.) Most states, though, generally seem at first glance to be higher on this scale if they have higher raw per capita divorce rates, and vice versa. The US per capita rate, in contrast, is 0.72% of the population divorcing every year, or 0.36 divorces for every 100 people.
US ratio of marriages celebrated to divorce granted: 1.83 in 2008. This number ranged from 3.1 in North Dakota to 1.3 in Delaware.
In this report, the Divorce Rate in California was 1.80% with a plus or minus error of .07%. This places California’s divorce rate below the national average in the study for the year 2008.