What is a bifurcated divorce in California? The word bifurcate is synonymous with the words “split” and “divide.” Thus, a bifurcation in a divorce case takes the issue of marital status and splits it from all of the other divorce issues, such as the issues of spousal support, child custody and visitation, child support, and property division.
What is a motion to bifurcate California? Bifurcation of issues. (a) Request for order to bifurcate. As part of the noticed Request for Order (FL-300) of a party, the stipulation of the parties, case management, or the court’s own motion, the court may bifurcate one or more issues to be tried separately before other issues are tried.
What does bifurcation mean in a divorce? Fortunately, California’s Family Code provides an alternative option: Courts may allow parties to request a bifurcation, which essentially gives the Court the leeway to grant a divorce before other outstanding issues are resolved. Bifurcation is the separation of one or more issues in a case.
How do you fight bifurcation? Even with a Motion for Bifurcation you cannot divorce any sooner than six months after your separation date. Before you can file a Motion for Bifurcation you must file a preliminary Declaration of Disclosure on the other party. Once that is complete, you can move forward to request the bifurcation.