Getting a divorce in California may seem incredibly overwhelming and intimidating, but take a deep breathe because we’ve got all the basic information you need right here to get started.
Because the truth is, deciding to get a divorce is the hardest decision of the whole process. After that, it’s simply getting started and once you dive in, you will see the finish line in due time. Just stay positive and read our FAQ’s designed to help you survive the divorce process.
From how to file for a divorce in California to how long it typically takes to get a divorce done and over with, everything is right here for you, so take a deep breath and read on.
In California, there are only two recognized grounds for divorce and they are as follows:
Don’t get “grounds for divorce” confused with an “annulment” – that’s a completely separate issue!
Now that you know the legal grounds for divorce, let’s discuss how to get the wheels in motion.
In order to file for divorce in California, one of you must have lived in California for at least six months prior to filing for divorce. Another caveat is you must have lived in the county where you plan on filing for three months prior to filing. So, before you start to dissolve your marriage, California calls it a “dissolution of marriage,” make sure one of you fits that criteria.
And when you file, you file what is called “A Petition for Dissolution of Marriage and Summons”in the superior court. The spouse who is filing is called the “Petitioner” and the one who is being served the papers is called the “Respondent.” If you have a minor child(ren), you will also need to prepare and file one more informational type form called the Declaration Under Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act. It’s a mouth full but it’s really not as challenging as it sounds.
All parties looking to divorce will have to wait a mandatory six month waiting period before the divorce can be final.
Are you eager to get the divorce over with? If the answer is yes, read on to discover the requirements necessary for a Summary Dissolution, and see if you and your spouse qualify. This path to divorce is great for younger marriages and ones that did not bear or adopt children. When you file for a Summary Dissolution, you don’t have to attend a trial or hearing, and even better: once you get a divorce through a Summary Dissolution, neither one of you can appeal to a higher court or try to get a trial.
In general, California courts divide joint property, or community property, 50/50. The only exception to this rule is if there is a written agreement that states otherwise or oral stipulation in court between the two of you. However, separate property is treated differently. What things are considered separate property?
The court may order one of you to pay spousal support. In order to determine if post-divorce spousal support will be granted, the judge takes the following factors into consideration before granting or denying spousal support, like:
Divorce can be a complicated, draining and expensive process, but it doesn’t have to be. If you’re looking to file for an uncontested divorce in California, do it the easy way with our friends at It’s Over Easy, the only online divorce solution that guides you through every aspect of your case, founded by celebrity divorce lawyer Laura A. Wasser.
“After practicing Family Law for over 20 years I came to realize that people deserve a better way to get divorced. I founded It’s Over Easy to give people a high-quality, less expensive & more amicable option. Our platform takes the user through the entire dissolution process. We provide information and support along the way through our content on our Insights Blog, the Divorce Sucks! Podcast and The Index, our curated professional and lifestyle resource guide. Divorce is difficult but the legal part shouldn’t have to be.”
–Laura A. Wasser
You’ve decided you want a divorce. You know how to file. You know the average timeline and cost, but technically, what resources will you need to make it through the divorce process?
Here’s a checklist with resources you’ll need to get through your divorce as smoothly as possible:\n
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Legal Disclaimer: This article is intended for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as legal advice on any subject matter. Consult with an attorney for more information regarding your individual situation.
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