How to File for Divorce in San Francisco County
Filing an uncontested divorce in San Franciso County can help you avoid going to court and finish the California divorce process in less than one year. Below is a brief overview of the uncontested divorce process in San Francisco. Take our California Uncontested Divorce eCourse before you start the divorce process. Read on to learn more.
San Francisco County Courthouse Location
The United Family Court hears family law cases. Your uncontested divorce petition can be filed at this courthouse. The UFC is located at 400 McAllister St. San Francisco, CA 94102. The clerk’s office is open from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm Monday through Friday excluding court holidays.
San Francisco Divorce Residency Requirements
You must meet California’s divorce residency requirements in order to terminate your marital status. This requires you or your spouse to be a resident of California for at least six-months before filling your petition of dissolution with the local court (in addition to being a resident of the county court in which you file for at least 3-months prior). You can file for legal separation if you do not meet the residency requirements.
San Francisco Uncontested Divorce Court Forms
Complete and fille the following forms with the UFC to start an uncontested divorce:
- FL 100 — here is a video on how to prepare FL 100.
- FL 110 — here is a video on how to prepare FL 110.
- SFUFC Form 11.17
If you have minor children, you will need to complete the following forms:
- FL 311 — here is a video on how to prepare FL 311.
- FL 105 — here is a video on how to prepare FL 105 — this form is to be completed if you have children.
Check the court’s website to download and complete and additional local court forms. It costs $450 to file for divorce in San Francisco County. This fee is subject to change on an annual basis.
San Francisco County Divorce Process
Complete the forms referenced above (make two copies) and file them with the court. You will need to serve the filed forms on the opposing party. You will need to make sure the opposing party is also served with your financial disclosure. This requires you to complete the following forms:
- Income & Expense Declaration (FL-150)
- Schedule of Assets and Debts (FL-142) *Uncontested Divorce Only
- Declaration of Disclosure (FL-140)
- Declaration Regarding Service of Declaration of Disclosure and Income
and Expense Declaration (FL-141)
- Petitioner’s Community & Quasi Community Property Declaration (FL 160) – *Default Only
Hire a process server or have someone over the age of 18 who is not a party to the action serve the opposing party with the divorce documents. The respondent will have 30-days to respond to the dissolution of marriage petition and sixty days from serving you with the response to provide a preliminary financial disclsoure.
If the respondent does not respond to the petition, you can seek a true default judgment or a default judgment with an agreement. Consult with a San Francisco uncontested divorce lawyer to see how best to proceed in completing your divorce. Making a mistake when completing your final judgment documents could result in you subsequently filing a post-judgment modification.
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