Realizing your marriage isn’t working out is a stressful time. Some people may try to bring things back to where they should be, but that’s not always possible.
If you live in California and are considering a divorce, you should learn as much as you can about the process. For example, at least one spouse has to be a resident of the state for at least six months. There’s also a county residency requirement of at least three months prior to filing for divorce. Here are three other things you need to know:
1. What’s the timeframe for a divorce?
Divorce in California isn’t a quick process. Once a divorce is filed, there is a six-month waiting period before the divorce can be finalized. This might be longer if it’s a contentious divorce because of property division, alimony or other factors.
2. Is there any way to make the process easier?
People who haven’t yet been married for five years and who have no children might qualify for a summary dissolution. This is essentially a joint application for divorce that’s only possible if both spouses agree and they can divide assets on their own.
3. Can you get a “no-fault” divorce?
You don’t have to give any reason for wanting to end a marriage in California because all divorces here are no-fault. Even in cases of adultery or something similar, the judge won’t consider those facts during the divorce.
Make sure that you protect yourself throughout the divorce. The decisions you make now can have a primary impact on your entire future. Working with someone familiar with divorces similar to yours is beneficial because you can draw from their experience. Learning the options you have may help you to make decisions in your best interests.