Getting divorced in California?
It's almost too easy; it's actually easier to get divorced than it is to get married (one thing we should look to change, but that's a different post...) To obtain a divorce, the following must happen, and the Court will ask you.
You must live within California for six months prior to filing for divorce, and within the county where you file for three.
You don't get to pick your judge, the judge is usually selected by a preselected factor, often based on your case number.
It takes a minimum of six months for the Court to dissolve your marriage, and return you to a single person, from the time the second person is served paperwork.
California is a no fault state; there is no punishment behind the divorce process, for getting divorced, or for the reason why. You can seek a divorce for any reason or for no grounds at all.
California recognizes that irreconcilable differences, is good enough for people to divorce - so if you have an unresolved argument, the state says it's acceptable to quit your marriage. (We encourage you to try counselling first, it's quicker, cheaper, and more fun in the long run.) The Court will inquire if additional time may heal and help problems to resolve the marriage; or offer time for therapy or counseling. If both the parties do not want to save the marriage, the Court will end tbe marriage and place both parties back to single status.
At this stage, parties (usually women) are able to revert back to their prior last name if they choose. Only that person make the choice. One party cannot make the other one give up a last name. I've seen and heard husbands to force the new ex-wife to give up the last name she has had for the last few/several years - it never happens.
If either party wants additional relief from the court, they need yo file proper motions, requesting orders.
Be good to each other. •
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