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Do You Meet California Divorce Residency Requirements?

Before you start preparing all the required forms to file for divorce in California, you must first verify whether you meet the California divorce residency requirements. The court’s authority to make rulings in a divorce depends on the residency of the parties. Specific requirements must be met for the court to exercise jurisdiction over the parties. The court may dismiss your case if you do not meet the residency requirements.

California Divorce Residency Requirements

You or your spouse must reside in California to obtain a divorce. You or your spouse must have been a resident of the state of California for at least six (6) months before filling the Petition for Dissolution. Either party must also have lived in the county in which the petition is filed for at least three (3) months before filling. If you and your spouse live in separate counties, file for divorce in your current county after residing there for three (3) months.

California Divorce Checklist

Download our detailed checklist on how to file for and complete your California divorce.

Other Options if You Do Not Meet California Divorce Residency Requirements

You can file for a legal separation if you do not meet California divorce residency requirements. Once you meet the residency requirements, you can amend the petition and request a divorce. Doing so allows you to obtain temporary court orders while you wait to become eligible to terminate your marital status.

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California Divorce Quick Start Guide by Kym Morris, Esq.
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