Getting a divorce usually involves interwoven legal, financial, emotional, family and social processes and events. Here are just the basic legal procedural aspects of how to get a divorce in California.
How to Get a Divorce – Steps
The minimum steps required to get a divorce in California are:
- Start a divorce case by filing forms including a petition (FL-100) and a summons (FL-110) and by paying the court’s filing fee (unless you are poor enough to succeed in getting it waived).
- Have a third party serve your spouse with the divorce papers (usually in person or by mail).
- Fill out and and exchange with your spouse the financial disclosure forms (FL-150 and either FL-142 or FL-160) and file a form letting the court know you have done so.
- File a “judgment package” of forms/documents advising the court of the divorce agreements you have made with your spouse (co-parenting, child support, spousal support and division of assets and debts) to enable the court to sign off on your divorce.
- Receive the order of the court granting your divorce. Continue Reading