Many attorneys will tell you that you need to hire an attorney from the onset of a divorce, and although that is preferable it is not necessary in certain situations. If you are going through a divorce for a second or third time and you are familiar with the process, you may not need an attorney for full representation. There are resources like a self-help center, or even a paralegal to assist you. However, be advised that these resources really do require that you have a good understanding of the legal process. On the other hand, if this is your first divorce, having a knowledgeable attorney on your side is imperative. The reason is that divorce in California is not an easy process. There are four parameters to a divorce that need to be adjudicated: division of assets, child support, child custody, and spousal support. Many divorces, if they are highly contested, can take up to 2 years to complete. For more information on this area, or any of our legal services, please call us a for free phone consultation!