California Divorce Form FL-100 Petition for Dissolution of Marriage Instructions

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This video demonstrates how to complete FL-100,  Petition for Dissolution of Marriage or Domestic Partnership.  The boxes you select will depend on your particular matter. Do not rely on the information presented in the video or on this webpage to complete form FL 100.

The sample below demonstrates how William Richardson, the petitioner (spouse filling for divorce), inserted his personal information into the header section of this form.  In the header section of the form, William inserts his personal information. He list his first and last name in the first box. On the next line,William  inserts his street address, city of residence, and provides a telephone number  to be reached. Providing a fax number and email address is optional but should be included if he has either one. Because William is  representing himself, in the “Attorney For” field, he inserts “Petitioner Pro Per” or “Petitioner Pro Se.”   The respondent will insert “Respondent Pro Se” on his/her forms.

In the next box, William  must list the court name and address in which his matter will be heard. Since William resides in central San Diego, he will fill his petition with the Family Court-Central Division located at 1100 Union St, San Diego, CA 92101.  The petition to divorce must be filed in the superior court of the county where he or his spouse resides.  The filing fee for a divorce in San Diego is $435. The filling fee is most likely the same amount in the county in which you will file for divorce. William will be provided with a case number once his documents are filed with the court clerk. This case number must be inserted on subsequent documents provided to the petitioner. The respondent will insert this case number on FL 120, the response to dissolution. This case number will also be included on all divorce forms.

The court may grant spousal support depending on many factors. In this example, William wants spousal support and wants to terminate the ability of the court to grant Kelly spousal support. He may seek to waive the right to spousal support and mark box c for the court to address the issue in the future.

In the next section, William must address any separate property he wants to keep post-divorce. In our example, William requests that all assets acquired before marriage and after separation be confirmed as his separate property. Separate property cannot be divided in a divorce, only community property.

Depending on the length of your marriage, an extensive amount of community and quasi community property may exist.  It is best to work out an agreement on the division of property outside of court. In our example, William believes he can reach an agreement with Kelly.

Since William is representing himself, he will not be seeking attorney fees.

Read the restraining orders on the back of the summons prior to providing a signature on FL-100.

Print out a blank form FL 120 Response  to serve on the respondent. This form must be served along with the petition and summons.

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