What is simplified divorce?

Craig’s Answer:

A simplified or summary dissolution in California is a type of divorce that is usually the quickest and easiest if the details of your situation can meet the standard requirements. Simplified divorces are limited to those without children, relatively little to no assets or debt, and a length of marriage or partnership that did exceed 5 years. This type of legal dissolution is available to married couples and those who began their marriage as a domestic partnership and were later married. To qualify for simplified or summary dissolution in California you must meet all of the following requirements:

  • One party must have lived in the state of California for at least 6 months and in the county where the divorce petition is filed for at least 3 months.
  • Both of you agree to end the marriage based on irreconcilable differences.
  • You have no and are not expecting any minor children together.
  • Neither of you own real property*
  • Neither of you has acquired significant debt since the start of your marriage*
  •  You both agree to waive the right to spousal support.
  • You both waive your right to appeal.
  • You must both read and understand the Summary Dissolution Information booklet.

*You may wish to speak to a family law attorney who is familiar with statues and can help you better understand these terms and requirements If both parties cannot meet the standards required for a summary dissolution a couple can still file for a regular dissolution or divorce. A California Family Law attorney may be helpful in assessing your matter and decide which route may be best for you, and the best way to begin the filing process.

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