How to File for Divorce in San Diego County

Filing for divorce in San Diego County requires the preparation of many forms. The type of forms you will need to prepare will depend on whether you divorce is default, uncontested, or contested. Default divorces are relatively straightforward to complete. The complexity of contested divorces usually require the assistance of a divorce attorney to finalize the judgment. Below is an overview on how to get the divorce process started in San Diego County. Contact us to learn how our San Diego Divorce Attorney can help you complete your default or uncontested divorce. Read on to learn more about how to file for divorce in San Diego County.

1. Meet California Divorce Residency Requirements 

To file for divorce in San Diego County, you must first meet residency requirements. Either spouse must have lived in the State of California for six months and lived in the county for three months before filing for divorce in that county. If you do not meet the residency requirements, you can file for legal separation first and then revise your petition to ask for a divorce after the residency requirements are met. You must indicate whether you meet California residency requirements in FL 100 Petition for Dissolution. Contact us if you are unsure as to whether you satisfy California’s divorce residency requirements.

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 2. File the Petition for Dissolution

To file for divorce in San Diego County, you must fill out many forms.  Check out our detailed videos on how to complete divorce forms. It is important that your forms are accurate. Complete the following forms to file for default or uncontested divorce:

Petitioner with Minor Children

Petitioner without Minor Children

Respondent with Minor Children

Respondent without Minor Children

Complete the applicable above referenced forms to file for divorce in San Diego County.  Upon filing for divorce, you can request temporary orders for child support, child custody and visitation, or spousal support. You can also conduct discovery to obtain more information about your spouse’s finances.

Filling an uncontested divorce is the quickest and cheapest way to end your marriage in California. There are plenty of divorce alternatives available for parties looking to end their marriage in a discrete manner.

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