California is a no-fault divorce state, which means that a spouse does not need to show cause or fault in order to get a divorce. 

However, in order to get a divorce in California, the law requires you to meet certain criteria.  We will guide you through the process of getting a divorce and protect your rights throughout the process. We will explain each step and inform you of your legal rights so that you can make an informed decision at every stage of the divorce. 

In order to get a divorce in California, you must meet specific residency requirements under the law.

     1.     You must have been a resident of California for at least six                  (6) months, and 

     2.     You must have been a resident of the county where the                      divorce is filed for at least three (3) months.  

Only one of you must reside in the county where the divorce is filed.

If you and your spouse reside in different States, a jurisdictional issue can complicate things. We can help you understand the jurisdictional requirements of the different States and how these requirements may impact where you file your case and impact the State family laws that will govern your case.


  • Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce)
  • Custody and Visitation
  • Custody Modification
  • Child support and spousal support
  • Move-Away Cases
  • Legal Separation
  • Paternity Issues

Domestic Torts


When parents separate, their children will most likely travel between households on a regular basis. 

Whether you are seeking to establish a manageable custody and visitation plan or seeking to modify an existing parenting time schedule, it is important that you consult with an experienced family law attorney. 

At the Hermes Law Group, we will help you obtain the necessary court orders to provide you and your family with a manageable custody and visitation plan that will work with the reality of your family's circumstances.


Child Support


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Custody & Visitation


At the Hermes Law Group, we assist our clients work out physical and legal child custody arrangements with the other party, allowing our clients to maintain strong parent-child relationships with their children. California child custody & visitation law dictates that child custody and visitation determinations are to be made using the "best interest of the child" standard..

As your legal counsel, the Hermes Law Group will assist you in creating a parenting plan that will protect your parental rights and also provide a parent-child relation with the other parent.  Peter T. Hermes, Esq. has more than four  decades of experience in Family Law and has worked with many experts in the field, giving you even more of an advantage.

  • ​Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements
  • Marvin actions
  • Post-judgment modification proceedings
  • Dissolution of Domestic Partnership & Same Sex Marriage
  • Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
  • Prosecution and Defense of Contempt Proceedings


If you and your spouse agree on the terms of your divorce and can reach a settlement, you can enter into and submit a Marital Settlement Agreement for approval by the court. 

By reaching a settlement with your spouse, you obtain a divorce quickly and can avoid the costs of attorney's fees and the stress of litigation. You can also control the terms of your divorce.

At the Hermes Law Group, we can help you reach an agreement with your spouse through settlement talks, mediation, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. Then, we can draft a global marital settlement agreement that protects all of your assets and interests.


If you and your spouse have agreed to split and have decided on the terms of their divorce, settling matters such as child custody, spousal support, how to divide assets and debts, and other issues related to their marriage, this is known as an uncontested divorce.   

Uncontested Divorce

With an uncontested divorce, the Hermes Law Group can assist you in the following ways:

We will review your terms of your marital settlement agreement to ensure that you have covered all the necessary points.
We will draft the formal marital settlement agreement for submission to the Court. 

We will help you finalize the dissolution process on your behalf.

Contested Divorce

Divorces can happen when only one spouse decides that they no longer can reconcile their marital relationship. This often means that the spouses are going to disagree on many aspects of life, including custody of their child, spousal support or division of assets.

Contested divorces often involve complex negotiations or even heated divorce trials, which means the final decision will rest in the hands of a judge. Having a divorce lawyer during a contested divorce is crucial, as you need your rights and welfare to remain protected.

We will work with you to create an appropriate course of action to achieve a settlement, in order to avoid going to trial, or, if that is not possible, we will zealously advocate for you during trial.

Every contested divorce is unique, which is why we tailor our legal strategies for your unique situation, so that we can assist you with your family situation and financial interests.


​​Hermes Law Group


For more than four decades, Peter T. Hermes, Esq. has provided families and individuals in Southern California with zealous advocacy and legal representation coupled with sincere concern for their welfare.  Our well-versed knowledge regarding Family Law could prove to be invaluable to your case.  We have worked with many experts in the field, helping our clients build strong cases.

The Hermes Law Group is dedicated to providing guidance and counsel to our clients in all aspects of a dissolution and with all other family law matters.  The Hermes Law Group exclusively focuses on Family Law, offering expertise in the following areas: