Rancho Cucamonga Divorce Lawyer

Efficient, Custom Solutions for Marriage Dissolution in California

Divorce can be complicated, messy, and frustrating. When you have a skilled advocate by your side throughout the process, you can be confident knowing your best interests will remain protected. The Rancho Cucamonga divorce lawyers at Chung & Ignacio, LLP are here to make sure you navigate your divorce with ease. We understand how difficult this time can be and are familiar with the legal obstacles that individuals often face.

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Many times, people come to us unsure if they even want to pursue a divorce. They're just thinking about it. If you find yourself asking the question "Should I Get a Divorce?" - you're not alone.

Divorce vs. Legal Separation in California

Which option is right for you?

Divorce Legal Separation
Cost Contingent on length and venue Contingent on length and venue
Children Parenting time, child support Parenting time, child support
Remarriage Can remarry Cannot remarry
Insurance Lose ex’s insurance plan Keep insurance coverage
Taxes Cannot file jointly Can file jointly
Benefits Could prevent spousal SSD benefits Qualify for spouse SSD benefits
Residency Requires 6 months’ residency Current residency only


Cost for both divorce and legal separation is contingent on both the length of the process and the court you are going through, both of which vary from case to case.


According to the State Bar of California, in both legal separation in divorce, courts can issue orders relating to child custody, visitation, and child support. When it comes to children, divorce and legal separation offer the same options.


If you obtain a legal separation, you cannot legally remarry. Whereas if you obtain a divorce, you are legally free to get remarried.


A spouse who is covered by their husband or wife’s insurance plan would lose coverage upon divorce, whereas with legal separation, a spouse may continue to be covered by their insurance.


There could be tax benefits to filing jointly as a married couple, which if you got a legal separation, you could maintain. If you divorced, you would lose the ability to file jointly on your taxes.


Spouses who are married for ten years or longer could qualify for Social Security Disability benefits under their husband or wife, provided they do not get remarried.


In order to obtain a divorce in California, either spouse must have lived in California for the past six months, as well as three months in the county in which the divorce will be filed. For married couples to obtain a legal separation, all it takes is for one party to be currently residing in California. If you and your spouse do not want to wait to fulfill residency requirements before separating or getting court-ordered custody, child support, and the like, legal separation may be a desirable option. If certain requirements are met, legal separation can later be changed to a divorce.

Choosing Our Divorce Lawyers in Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Dissolving a marriage is often a very emotional and challenging process, even if both parties are in agreement on a majority of issues. Our team at Chung & Ignacio, LLP understands the divorce process and is ready to advocate on your behalf.

  • When you come to our firm, you get:
  • Legal solutions tailored to your specific needs
  • Dedicated counsel every step of the process
  • Personalized, one-on-one attention
  • Years of insight and experience behind your case

Having a solid divorce lawyer on your side can make all of the difference in the outcome of your divorce. From the beginning stages of preparing you for divorce, to addressing issues of child support, to navigating the legality of prenuptial agreements, our firm is here for you through every aspect of the process. More than that, we make sure your rights and interests are made a top priority.

Don't just take our word for it. Read what some of our clients have to say about working with us.

5 / 5 stars
Eric Chung, Esq. was my divorce attorney in 2012. He was efficient, professional, and gave me solid advice. He was prompt at following up and returning emails/phone calls. The staff in the practice was courteous and professional as well. Although the experience of going through a divorce is never good for anyone, at least this aspect was successful.
Teri Arteaga

Providing Counsel for All Types of Divorces

Our Rancho Cucamonga divorce lawyers are passionate about helping every individual we represent get the best possible outcome in their cases. Whether we are guiding our clients through a divorce or advocating for them in civil matters, our team is reliable, reputable, and ready to fight.

When you have our firm on your side, you can have peace of mind knowing your divorce is in qualified, trusted hands. We are relentless in our pursuit of a favorable outcome on your behalf.

How to Serve Divorce Papers in California

As couples navigate the divorce process, there is a point when the spouse filing for a divorce must serve papers to the other spouse. This is the start of the process and the spouse who has been served will have 30 days to file a response.

  • What happens, though, when the spouse who receives the papers does not respond?
  • What must be done by the filing spouse to make sure the remaining steps go smoothly?

If you have served your spouse with the divorce papers and they did not file a response —and you do not have an agreement — this is referred to as a true default. It doesn’t prevent the filing spouse from moving forward with the divorce. In fact, it means that the spouse who failed to respond to the divorce papers has given up their rights to have any sort of say in the proceedings. The filing spouse may continue with the divorce and state their case. The filing spouse will be able to request to enter default and file for a declaration of default that would allow them to move forward.

What Does Default Mean in Divorce?

It is not very often that a default divorce occurs, but they do happen. When they do, it is important to understand your rights moving forward and know what happens. A non-response by the spouse who has been served may grant the filing spouse the ability to get a divorce based on fault.

This doesn’t just impact the divorce process, but it can also change the way other things are handled such as child custody, child support, alimony, and property division. The judge may make a decision based on the information they receive from the spouse who filed for divorce.

One thing to note if you are the one who filed for divorce, the other spouse must have received the actual papers. This means if the papers were never served, then the default will not count against them. At Chung & Ignacio, our team is backed by extensive experience in the areas of divorce and family law. We understand default divorces in California and the way these types of cases are handled in the courtroom, and what they mean for both the filing spouse and the respondent.

Call Chung & Ignacio, LLP for Qualified Representation

Finding the right lawyer to take on your divorce can be challenging, but Chung & Ignacio, LLP makes it as simple as possible for you. We go above and beyond to secure a fair resolution of your divorce, whether it includes heated child custody matters or complex property division disputes. As divor are your advocates in and out of the courtroom.

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What our clients say about us

  • Chung & Ignacio, LLP Even though I hope to never be in this situation again, I was glad I had a chance to work with you.
  • Chung & Ignacio, LLP Eric Chung, Esq. was efficient and professional throughout my divorce.
  • Chung & Ignacio, LLP Mr. Chung has been amazing throughout this difficult time for me!
  • Chung & Ignacio, LLP I must say that the Law Offices of Chung & Ignacio is a very professional company.
  • Chung & Ignacio, LLP They were passionate about my case and worked very hard to win it!
  • Chung & Ignacio, LLP ¡Se hicieron cargo de mi caso apasionadamente y trabajaron muy duro para ganar!
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