Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce)

A Dissolution of Marriage or Registered Domestic Partnership is a legal action that ends marriage or a registered domestic partnership.

  • Residency Requirement – To obtain a divorce in California, you or your spouse/partner must have lived in California for the last six months and have lived for the last three months in the county where you file for divorce.
  • No “Fault” Required – No one has to prove that either spouse or partner is “guilty” or “innocent”.
  • It is not necessary that both persons agree to end the relationship. One spouse or partner cannot make the other stay in the relationship.
  • It takes a minimum of six months from the date divorce papers are served (given to) the other party before a divorce can be final. However, you are NOT automatically divorced at the end of six months. At least one spouse/partner must complete the required legal process and obtain a written judgment.

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Dissolution Roadmap

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Family Law Local Rules

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