California Quick Divorce

A California quick divorce rarely occurs when parties cannot settle major issues such as the division of retirement accounts or spousal support. Most contested divorces take over a year to settle or go to trial. However, some divorces are finalized within six to eight months of filling the Dissolution of Marriage Petition. Here are some key factors to consider when seeking a California quick divorce.

How to Obtain a California Quick Divorce

One way to obtain a California quick divorce is to file for summary dissolution. A couple must meet all the following requirements to qualify for a summary dissolution:

  1. The couple must have been married for less than five years;
  2. The couple must have no children together;
  3. The couple must not own any real property or be subject to a lease lasting more than one year;
  4. Do not owe more than $6,000 in community property debts;
  5. Own less than $41,000 worth of community property assets;
  6. Own less than $41,000 of separate property;
  7. Agree that neither spouse is entitled to spousal support; and
  8. Signs an agreement dividing community property and debts.

Car loans are not included in community property debts. A spouse must have lived in California for at least six months and in the county in which she files for divorce for the last 3 months to meet residency requirements.

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If you meet the above requirements, review the Summary Dissolution Information Pamphlet. Complete the Joint Petition for Summary Dissolution. Both parties must sign this form (FL-800). Each party must also complete the following forms:

Tax returns must be exchanged between the parties for the last two years. Your local court may require additional forms to be filed as well. Finally, complete your property agreement and attach it to your Joint Petition. File all the completed forms with the court clerk. You must wait six months after filing your petition for summary dissolution for the court to enter the final judgment to dissolve your marriage. Once this occurs, you are officially divorced and are free to remarry.

Summary Dissolution Disadvantages

Once downside of filing a summary dissolution is that it may be revoked at any time. Either party can stop the summary dissolution process by filing a Notice of Revocation for Summary Dissolution within the six-month waiting period. This may happen if a couple reconciles or if a spouse decides to pursue the regular divorce process.

Uncontested Divorce Options

File an uncontested divorce if you do not satisfy summary dissolution divorce options. In an uncontested divorce, both parties are in agreement as to the division of assets and debts, spousal support, and child custody and child support. We provide step=by-step instructions on how to prepare California judicial council forms needed to obtain an uncontested divorce judgment in California. Following the instructions in our video can help you obtain a fast divorce for a fraction of the costs.

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California Divorce Quick Start Guide by Kym Morris, Esq.
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