Summary dissolution is a relatively straightforward inexpensive procedure for ending a marriage or a domestic partnership. The ultimate goal of marital/domestic partnership dissolution is just as the name implies. No formal court hearings or appearances are required and a judgment of dissolution may be entered within 6 months after filing a joint petition.
In order to qualify for summary dissolution:
- You and your spouse must have been married for less than 5 years
- You and your spouse have no children
- You and your spouse do not own any land or buildings
- You and your spouse do not rent any land or building except for the place you live
- You and your spouse do not owe more than $6,000 for debts acquired during marriage
- You and your spouse have less than $40,000 worth of property
- You and your spouse have agreed that neither spouse will receive spousal support and you have a signed agreement that divides your property and debt
- Additionally, you or your spouse must have lived in California for at least 6 months and in the county where you file for summary dissolution for the last 3 months
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