How to File for Divorce in California

Going through a divorce can be one of the most trying and difficult experiences anyone will ever face. Knowing how to navigate the legal system and the maze of hurdles can really help with getting a divorce through quickly, cheaply and in an uncomplicated way.

In California, a divorce is called ‘dissolution’ You need to be a resident of California for six months and a county resident for three months to file at which time, either spouse may file stating “irreconcilable differences”. It is much easier to end a marriage by consent and if this is the case, a written agreement (called a “stipulation”) can be made.

The legal divorce process begins when one of the spouses files a “Petition for Dissolution of Marriage”. The papers are then sent to the other spouse. So long as there is consent over issues such as property and debt division, child custody and child support matters, the divorce can simply be finalised, if there is no agreement, a hearing date can be set for when the parties will put thier respective cases to the court. Stay tuned for later articles about the the next stages of the process in a divorce in California.

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