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What is a Summary Dissolution and Am I Entitled to One?

Summary dissolution is a simplified process of getting divorced that is available to some couples under California law. Although the summary dissolution process still requires you to undergo a six-month waiting period before getting divorced, it does provide a much easier way to get divorced for eligible couples.

In order to be eligible for summary dissolution, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You and your spouse must have been married for less than five years before separating.
  • You and your spouse have no biological or adopted children together, and no one is pregnant.
  • You do not own any part of land or buildings.
  • You do not rent any land or buildings, except for where you live now, as long as you do not have a one-year lease or an option to buy.
  • You and your spouse do not have any more than $6,000 in community debts, not counting debt associated with any vehicle loans, which you acquired during your marriage.
  • You and your spouse do not have any more than $41,000 in community property, not counting vehicles, which you acquired during your marriage.
  • You and your spouse agree that neither of you will ever get spousal support from the other.
  • You and your spouse have signed a property agreement that divides up all your property, including vehicles, and debts.

The California court system provides a booklet about summary dissolution that you must read; you also must swear under penalty of perjury that you have read and understand the information in the booklet before going through the summary dissolution process.

The other advantage of summary dissolution is that you do not have to appear in court in order to get divorced. Since you and your spouse sign an agreement that resolves all property and debt division, the judge will simply approve your agreement following the mandatory six-month waiting period and issue your Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage. This is the legal document that finalizes your divorce.

The Los Angeles divorce attorneys at the Law Offices of Vincent W. Davis & Associates are eager to listen to your concerns and answer your questions about all issues related to your divorce case under California law. We have represented countless clients involved in divorce cases and other family law proceedings, and we are here to give you the legal advice and guidance that you need. Call our offices at (888) 888-6582 and learn how we can help you with your California divorce or family law case.