California Divorce Checklist

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Follow this checklist to complete your default or uncontested divorce (some forms on this list may not be applicable to your divorce. Hire a divorce attorney for legal advice).

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Default Divorce with No Agreement

Forms Needed to File for Default Divorce by the Petitioner:

Make two copies of the signed original forms and submit the two copies to the court for filling (example – one original and two copies of all signed documents selected above). Serve a filed copy of the above referenced filed forms on the respondent within the time frame referenced above.

You have 60 days (days counted from the date you filed the petition and summons with the court) to serve your spouse with financial disclosures.  You must serve the complaint, summons, and financial disclosures sooner if you have a court hearing (example – Family Resolution Conference) before the 60-day period. Hire a process server (neutral third party) to serve the divorce documents on your spouse.

Forms Needed to Complete Financial Disclosures (for Petitioner):

The following financial disclosures must be served on the respondent when completing a Default divorce (meaning the respondent fails to file a response within 30 days of receiving service):

Again, the petitioner has 60 days from the date the divorce petition and summons are filed with the court to serve the respondent with financial disclosures.

Forms Needed to Complete Default Divorce Judgment

Default Divorce:

  • ____FL-190 Notice of Entry of Judgment
  • ____FL-165 Request to Enter Default
  • ____FL-170 Declaration for Default or Uncontested Dissolution or Legal Separation
  • ____FL-180 Judgment
  • ____FL 191 Child Support Registry Form
  • ____FL 341 Child Custody & Visitation Order Attachment
  • ____FL 345 Property Order Attachment to Judgment
  • ____FL 157 Spousal or Partnership Support Declaration Attachment
  • ____FL 343 Spousal, Partner, or Family Support Order Attachment
  • ____FL 342 Child Support Information & Order Attachment

Uncontested Divorce w/ Agreement:

Forms Needed to File for Uncontested Divorce w/ Agreement (Petitioner Only):

Forms Needed for Respondent to Respond to Divorce (Respondent Only):

The respondent must complete the following forms to file a response with the court within 30 days of being served with the divorce papers (ex- petition for dissolution and summons):

Forms Needed to Complete Financial Disclosures:

The following financial disclosures must be served on the respondent when completing an uncontested divorce (the respondent must also serve these documents on the petitioner):

*Waiver of final disclosures can be requested in an uncontested divorce.

Respondent Must Also Complete Financial Disclosures

The respondent has 60 days to serve the petitioner with financial disclosures once his/her response is filed with the court:

Forms Needed to Complete Uncontested Divorce Judgment

Uncontested Divorce:

  • ____FL-190 Notice of Entry of Judgment
  • ____FL 130 Appearance, Stipulation, & Waivers
  • ____FL-170 Declaration for Default or Uncontested Dissolution or Legal Separation
  • ____FL-180 Judgment
  • ____FL 191 Child Support Registry Form
  • Marital Settlement Agreement

The petitioner must include 2 copies of the signed documents along with the original to the court. Postmarked envelopes for the petitioner (two for petitioner) and respondent (two for respondent) must be included along with the documents. The Notice of Entry of Judgment will be mailed to both parties and the Judgment forms will be mailed upon entry by the judge.

A marital settlement agreement can be prepared in lieu of completing FL 341, FL 345, FL 343, FL 342, and FL 157 for uncontested matters only. Contact us for more information before you complete these forms at info@sdesquire.com.

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