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How to Finish Your California Divorce

Most couples can complete all the documents they need to finish an uncontested divorce in less than two months. The divorcing couple must decide how to divide community assets and debts. Issues regarding spousal support, child custody and visitation, and the division of retirement accounts must be resolved as well.

The requirements on how you finish your California uncontested divorce depend on whether your divorce is default, uncontested, or contested.  We have provided a link below to the forms you need to complete your divorce. Please check here to confirm the form is up to date: http://www.courts.ca.gov/1035.htm.

California Divorce Checklist

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

How to Complete a Default Divorce

You must complete the following forms (not all forms may be applicable to your matter) to obtain a Default Divorce Judgment (a default occurs when the respondent does not file a response to the petition for divorce and there is no agreement between the parties):

 The above referenced completed forms must be served on the respondent even if the respondent fails to file a response.

How to Complete an Uncontested Divorce

You must complete the following forms to obtain an Uncontested Divorce Judgment (both parties):

If you have been in a long term marriage, you may want to incorporate a marital settlement agreement to FL 180. We provide MSA drafting services to our advanced course users. Contact us at info@sdesquire.com for more information.

Once all of your final judgment forms are signed, they must be filed with the court. Make two copies of the forms. Include four self addressed envelopes (two to each party) along with the paperwork. The judge will review the documents and enter the divorce judgment upon approval (the forms may be rejected if you did not complete the documents correctly). Email us if your forms are not accepted by the court (standard & advanced course users only).

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SD Esquire provides flat fee uncontested divorce services. We will prepare the legal documents you need to file for and complete your divorce.  This includes preparing and filling your divorce petition, completing your financial disclsoures, and drafting your marital settlement agreement (MSA). Our uncontested flat fee divorce service starts at $1500 for standard divorce (you are responsible for paying court filling fees).  The fee also includes service of process fees. You can make installment payments as your case progresses. It costs $500 to start your matter. Sign up today to get started.

California Divorce Quick Start Guide by Kym Morris, Esq.
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