How can California divorce laws affect a couple’s divorce?

By |2022-03-25T08:23:53+00:0001 Oct 2015|Categories: Divorce|

Every state in the U.S. has a set of laws that courts must adhere to when it comes to divorce. What this means for couples is that getting a divorce isn’t as easy as agreeing to end the marriage and signing a paper. In California, couples have several legal requirements that they must satisfy before they can file for divorce and courts can consider granting it.

The following are the legal requirements in California for a couple considering a divorce:

  • Couple must present a legal reason for the divorce to the courts.
  • One spouse has to have been a resident of the state for no less than six months.
  • One spouse has to have been a resident of the county the couple are filing in for no less than three months.
  • Couples must wait at least six months from the date paperwork has been received by the respondent or from the date they first appear in court for the divorce to be finalized.

If a couple meets these requirements, then they can file for divorce and possibly have it granted by the California courts. How long this process will take depends on the couple and the issues they may have to iron out before things can be finalized. For some couples, it may only take a few months, but for others, the divorce process can take years.

If you and your spouse are considering a divorce, you may want to speak to an attorney. Divorce laws vary from state to state, so if you want to ensure your divorce happens in a timely manner, then you will want to speak to someone who may be familiar with these laws. An attorney may be able to help with process and keep you on track so you can get your divorce granted.

About the Author:

Dorie Anne Rogers - The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC
Dorie A. Rogers, a Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California, has been an attorney since 1981 with an exclusive family law practice located in Orange County. She is accepting dissolution cases with support and property issues including the use of forensics to ascertain business value, community interests and to establish monthly case flow analysis. Ms. Rogers has substantial experience in high conflict custody litigation involving sophisticated psychological issues. She drafts premarital and postmarital agreement designed to define and establish parties' separate and community property interests. Paternity cases and domestic violence matters are considered part of her practice. Ms. Rogers is a court-approved and court-appointed to represent minor children.Ms. Rogers consults with individuals concerned about entering or exiting a relationship. She advises effective strategies for dissolution or premarital planning. Knowledge is power and good planning affords better results.Specialties: Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California
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