Under California law, there are two ways of getting a divorce:
- Regular dissolution
- Summary dissolution.
Summary dissolution is a shorter way and this procedure permits you to not appear in court. It is possible to use summary dissolution for couples who meet the following requirements:
- They have no children together neither spouse is pregnant,
- They have been married and/or they are in a domestic partnership five years or less,
- They do not own more than $38,000 total,
- They do not owe more than $6,000, besides car notes,
- They do not want to get spousal support from each other,
- They have no disagreements about how their belongings and they have signed a settlement agreement.
In order to get a summary dissolution, spouses have to file a joint petition. By signing a joint petition, a married couple states:
- There is no violation of a summary dissolution requirements,
- Their mailing address,
- Whether they want to get back their former names.
Additionally, spouses need to represent a number of documents stating their assets, such as a declaration of disclosure, schedule of assets and debts, tax returns, property declaration, etc. Finally, you will need to submit all documents to the county superior court and pay a filing fee.
The majority of family conflicts can be settled without a trial and you will not be constrained to appear in a court. Nonetheless, it can happen that a court appearance will become necessary. At The Margarian Law Firm, we try to make family law issues less painful and help you. Do not delay to contact us to start preparing the security of your family today.
In addition, we are ready to provide answers to your initial questions concerning California Family Law for FREE. You may file your request online, by telephone or by mail. 818-553-1000