Isn't there any easy way to divorce in California?

Many California divorce clients ask if there is an easier way to get a divorce. And the answer is that it depends. Some individuals meet the requirements for a Summary dissolution. The barebones requirements are that you have been married less than 5 years without children and have limited debts and assets.  

The Self Help Section of the California Court's provide the following checklist (See the Courts Page for more info):


To qualify for a summary dissolution of your marriage you must meet ALL of the following requirements.

You and your spouse:

In addition, if you are married, either you or your spouse must have lived in California for the last 6 months and in the county where you file for summary dissolution for the last 3 months. If you do not meet the residency requirement, you can still file for a legal separation but you have to go through the regular legal separation process, or wait until you meet the residency requirements for a divorce.

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