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California Summary Dissolution
In California, a summary dissolution is a simple way to get a divorce with the possibility of not having to appear in court for a trial.
However, not every couple can use a summary dissolution in California to get a divorce. Therefore, before you proceed with a summary dissolution in California you will want to determine if you qualify for a summary dissolution. Information related to the factors that qualify a couple for a divorce through the summary dissolution procedure in California can often be found through your local superior courthouse or through its website. In general, couples that meet the criteria, such as the following criteria, may be able to use a summary dissolution in California:

1. Do not have children together
2. Married for a short period of time
3. Do not own a lot of property
4. Do not have a lot of debt
5. Agree on how property and debts will be divided after marriage
6. Lived in California for the last 6 months
7. Lived in county where you file for last 3 months

Once you determine that you qualify for a summary dissolution in California you will want to read the Summary Dissolution Booklet provided by the superior court in your county. The Summary Dissolution Booklet will help you to understand the summary dissolution process and provides that you swear under penalty of perjury that you have read and understood the material. After you read The Summary Dissolution Booklet you will want to identify the appropriate superior court in California which to file the summary dissolution. Typically, the appropriate court is determined by where you and your spouse currently live. To execute a summary dissolution in California the appropriate forms must be prepared such as the Joint Petition for Summary Dissolution of Marriage along with a property settlement agreement that describes how property and debt will be divided. Once the appropriate forms are prepared, it can be filed with the appropriate superior court clerk in your county. After filing the papers for the summary dissolution there is a 6 month waiting period before the summary dissolution can be completed. Once the waiting period is up, you can finish your summary dissolution in California by completing and filing a Request for Judgment with the court.

Whether you are planning to retain an attorney to do a summary dissolution or planning to do a summary dissolution yourself in California, you would be wise to consult a California divorce attorney or California family law attorney to make certain you meet all the criteria to use a summary dissolution in California, are completing the appropriate forms, and are following all the proper procedures to start and finish a summary dissolution in California.

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