Sometimes, divorce isn’t always the most viable or preferable option. In fact, certain couples either married or in a registered domestic partnership can get a summary dissolution of marriage, providing they meet specific requirements.
What Is a Summary Dissolution?
In California, summary dissolution is a simpler, faster way of ending a marriage. It is only available to couples who have been married for less than 5 years, have no children, and have minimal assets and debts to divide. Keep reading for a full breakdown of the requirements for a summary dissolution.
Who Can Get a Summary Dissolution?
The first and foremost requirement for summary dissolution includes the length of the partnership or marriage, which must be a minimum of 5 years. If you are part of a couple who is ready to officially and legally end a relationship, then it is important for you and your future ex-partner to determine whether you can get a summary dissolution as opposed to a divorce, as this option is generally an easier and more desirable route against divorce.
If you are interested in a summary dissolution of marriage, the following qualifications must be met:
- You have been married to each other for a minimum of 5 years, beginning from the date of marriage to separation.
- You and your partner share no children with each other, including adopted. At the time of the intended summary dissolution, you cannot be expecting a child with your partner.
- You do not own or rent any property together, except where you now live--unless there is a 1-year lease or option to buy.
- Neither of you owe more than $6,000 for debts acquired since marriage.
- You both have less than $41,000 worth of joint or separate property acquired during marriage.
- Neither spouse requests spousal support, and you have agreed to divide your property and debts.
- You both must have lived in California for the last 6 months, as well as 3 months in the county where you file for summary dissolution.
If you and your spouse or domestic partner do not meet the residency requirement, you may still file for legal separation, or proceed with a traditional divorce process.
Contact Our Beverly Hills Family Lawyers Today
If you feel it is time for your marriage or domestic partnership to come to an end, there is no time to waste in enlisting in the help of our Beverly Hills family law attorneys of Cary Goldstein, Esq., PC. We understand it is during this time you need the most supportive and comprehensive legal counsel, care, and representation, and we intend to be that for you and more. Don't face this difficult time without our prestigious and trusted firm on your side.
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