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There are two major types of divorce according to the laws of California: contested and uncontested.

  • A contested divorce presupposes spouses having legal disagreement concerning divorce-related issues, such as child support and custody, alimony, or property division, and therefore, the dissolution cannot be finalized without a lawyer. These types of divorces are very expensive and complicated, and the spouses will work through lots of difficulties to try reaching a compromise and there will likely be multiple court hearings for a judge to make a final decision on a case.
  • Uncontested divorces, on the other hand, are those where spouses can reach an agreement without involving lawyers. Such marriage dissolutions are therefore, cheaper, and can be finalized a lot quicker than contested cases.

The bad news is that in California, uncontested divorce process will surely end up being not that easy to finish if you are going to collect dozens of various blank forms all by yourself. There is a slight chance that you’ll fill out all these papers correctly, but it’s way more likely that the court will reject your documents as they are either outdated or filled out incorrectly. The good news is that none of this will be an issue if you use OnlineDivorcer.

Our company has been a leading provider of online divorce services in California for over 12 years and have proven to be very effective in thousands of cases. We offer a full package of filled out documents suited specifically for each uncontested case our clients come to us with.

How does it work?

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Check eligibility for initiating an uncontested divorce process.

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Fill out our simple questionnaire to personalize your divorce forms in California.

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Download a complete package of documents along with a list of instructions on how to file them properly. Print them out and file them with your local court.

Filing for divorce in California without a lawyer

Filing for divorce in California without a lawyer, the most important thing you should begin with is make sure you are qualified for a divorce in CA. First, you or your spouse should be a resident of California for at least 6 months prior to filing. Second, in order to get a divorce without legal assistance, you and your spouse must have no feuds regarding childcare, spousal support, paying debts, or dividing property. If you can’t come to an agreement on these and any other important aspects of your marriage dissolution, you will have to ask for the help of a lawyer and get a contested divorce.

Generally, in California, a divorce without a lawyer can be completed in just a few steps:

  • Collect and fill out all the required uncontested divorce forms for California. You can either do it yourself or get professional assistance from an online provider.
  • Submit the forms to the court clerk.

Note: The documents are filed by only one person, the one who initiates a legal breakup. This individual is called the petitioner.

  • After that, the respondent (the petitioner’s spouse) should be officially notified about the dissolution process and fill out a response form. The petitioner cannot be the one passing forms to their spouse – it should be done by another person who is over 18 years of age. The respondent needs to file the response within 30 days after he or she has been served with the copies of the forms.
  • After the full package of documents from both the petitioner and respondent is successfully provided to the court, a hearing for your divorce will be scheduled. Both spouses should be present at the hearing, so make sure you are available on that day.
  • Get the divorce finalized. To complete the legal breakup, the spouses should receive the judgment signed by the court. The minimum term for getting a divorce is 6 months as this is a mandatory waiting period. However, the process might take longer due to various obstacles, such as having a late response from the respondent or providing an incomplete package of documents.

Note: If the spouses have no disputable questions and no issues regarding their divorce process, they might not have a court hearing at all.

How to complete a do it yourself divorce in California?

Taking into account that an hourly rate of a lawyer in CA is $400, it is possible to conclude that do-it-yourself divorce in California is the cheapest option. However, is it really fast and easy to get a divorce on your own? Let’s answer this question by reviewing California DIY divorce process:

  • Make sure that you are in a full agreement with your spouse to start an uncontested divorce.
  • Check whether you meet the residency requirements of the state of California.
  • Find the official website of the state and check what information concerning the divorce is available there.
  • Look what divorce documents are available on the state website and choose the ones that are needed for your specific case. If you are not sure whether you need some form or not, it is better consult a lawyer or county clerk.
  • If you have children, search for the guidelines concerning child custody and support so that you fill all the forms properly.
  • Check whether you have to attend parenting classes. If you have to, find out about the rules. In most cases, a judge will not sign a decree unless you submit a certificate showing that you and your spouse have passed the course.
  • Fill in all the necessary forms with your personal information.
  • Double-check all the information in the documents; any form that contains mistakes will not be accepted by the courthouse.
  • Take into account that some fields in the forms have to be filled by the court clerk.
  • Check whether you have to attend any law classes to learn how to represent yourself on the hearing.
  • Print, sign, and file the documents to the court. The next steps are the same as in the section above.

As you can see, a DIY divorce in California is not as simple as many believe it to be. Even if you have no children or property with your spouse, there are still a lot of forms you need to find and fill out correctly to get your marriage dissolution started.

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California divorce forms

There are dozens of dissolution of marriage forms in California suited for different divorce cases. Even if your divorce is uncontested, the documents you need will depend on your case. For your comfort, we have listed some of the basic California uncontested divorce forms:

  • Petition — Marriage/Domestic Partnership - FL-100
  • Declaration Under Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) - FL-105/GC-120
  • Property Declaration (Family Law) - FL-160
  • Proof of Service of Summons (Family Law — Uniform Parentage — Custody and Support) – FL-115

California divorce papers online

In order to get your CA divorce forms filled out, you will need to the following information on your hands:

  • Your and your spouse’s full name and date of birth.
  • Date and location of your marriage.
  • Your and your spouse’s current address, as well as the address of all real property you own.
  • Full names, dates of birth, and current address of your children.
  • Information about your income, debt, insurance, and taxes.
  • Workplace information – both yours and spouse’s.
  • Info about vehicles you both own, such as model, make, year, and VIN.
  • SSN and driver’s license number.
  • Information about any previous court cases involving you or your children.
  • Description of property you and your spouse own.
  • Financial accounts information.

There might be some additional details required depending on your individual case.

Things you need to know

Filing

A spouse who is initiating a marriage dissolution may file a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage and Summons with the Superior Court in the county where one of the spouses has resided for the past 3 months. After that, a spouse who is filing must find or hire a person to serve the other spouse with copies of the Petition and other paperwork. The respondent should, in turn, file a response within 30 days after receiving the copies.

Residency Requirements

In California, either you or your spouse has to live in the state for at least 6 months before filing there. Besides, you must have lived in the county you are initiating a divorce in for at least 3 months. You cannot file for divorce in CA unless these residency requirements are met.

Waiting Period

The mandatory waiting period in California is 6 months. If the parties wish to divorce quickly, they can come to full agreement before the 6-month period to make a dissolution uncontested. However, in any case, the divorce will not be finalized earlier.

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Getting a divorce in California with a child

Child support and custody are among the divorce-related aspects that have to be resolved by the spouses to be in agreement and start a dissolution process.

  • Child support is regulated at the state level. According to California law, both parents are financially responsible for their child’s well-being. However, the amount of child support is calculated taking into account spouse’s income and the amount of time they spend with the child.
  • Ending the marriage, spouses have to plan how to care for the child under the new circumstances. Therefore, they need to decide on and outline the parenting plan. In California, plans must contain information about physical and legal custody over children, how much time a kid will spend with each parent, and so on.
  • Physical custody presupposes children living with the parent who is granted the custody. In some California counties, it is usually preferable to share physical custody between both parents; then the time spent in each household will be determined in the parenting plan. However, if one of the parents is considered to be not fit enough for shared custody, the other parent will have sole custody.
  • According to the state of California law, joint legal custody presupposes both parents sharing the rights to make decisions concerning the child’s education, health, religion, etc. It is the most common type of legal custody in the state. However, if the parents cannot be in agreement concerning child-related issues or one of the parents is incapable of making decisions, then sole legal custody is granted to the eligible spouse.

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