Bakersfield Summary Dissolution Attorneys
Helping You Dissolve Your Marriage
Filing for a summary dissolution can speed up the process of finalizing a divorce considerably, enabling you to save time, stress, and money. At Alternative Divorce Solutions, our Bakersfield summary dissolution lawyers can help you understand whether you qualify for a summary dissolution and help you protect your best interests while dissolving your marriage.
When Can I File for a Summary Dissolution in California?
A summary dissolution is essentially an expedited form of a divorce, and typically takes even less time to resolve than an uncontested dissolution.
To file for a summary dissolution, you and your spouse must:
- Have been married for less than five years;
- Not have children together (or be expecting any);
- Not own land or buildings;
- Not rent land or buildings other than the one you currently occupy;
- Not have acquired more than $6,000 in liabilities since the date you married;
- Own less than $45,000 of separate property;
- Agree that neither spouse needs alimony (spousal support); and
- Develop an agreement detailing how you intend to divide marital property.
Additionally, you or your spouse must have lived in California for at least six months before filing for a summary dissolution, and in the county you file the dissolution in for at least three months.
How Does the Process Work?
To obtain a summary dissolution, you and your spouse must fill out a joint petition for summary dissolution in the county where at least one party has resided for three or more months.
After filing the petition, you must exchange information with one another, including a complete disclosure of separate and marital property. Finally, the parties must use that information to develop a property division arrangement that they attach to the joint petition.
After completing these steps, if you meet the requirements for a summary dissolution, you can file your joint petition with the court. If the court approves the petition, a judge will sign your agreement and issue a decree dissolving your marriage.
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