Divorce doesn’t necessarily have to be a long, drawn-out process for you and your spouse or domestic partner. In fact, if you qualify for a summary dissolution, you may not have to appear before a judge.
In this issue, the San Diego divorce attorneys with the Men’s Legal Center will guide you through the process of a summary dissolution in California. Keep in mind, however, that divorce is a life-altering event, and it’s definitely in your best interest to consult with a divorce lawyer to ensure that your case is properly handled.
What is a summary dissolution of marriage?
While it is the same thing as a divorce, a summary dissolution of marriage is a shortened version. If you and your spouse are in agreement about the desire to divorce and meet certain qualifications, you will not be required to complete as much paperwork or even appear in court for your case.
What are the qualifications for a summary dissolution of marriage?
The qualifications for summary dissolution of marriage are rather strict – and you and your spouse or partner must meet all of them – to proceed. Here are the qualifications.
- Either of you must have lived in California for at least six (6) months and in San Diego County at least three (months).
- You must have been married or registered as domestic partners for less than five (5) years.
- You both must agree to the process of summary dissolution of the marriage or domestic partnership.
- You cannot have children together or have adopted children before or during the marriage or domestic partnership.
- You cannot own any real estate (land or structures).
- You cannot have any community property (property acquired during the marriage or domestic partnership) valuing over $41,000. Vehicles are excluded from this calculation.
- Neither of you has more than $41,000 in separate property of your own. Again, vehicles are excluded.
- You cannot owe more than $6,000 in debts made during the marriage or domestic partnership.
- You both agree that neither of you will receive spousal support.
- You’ve both signed an agreement on the division of property you do share.
If you feel summary dissolution of marriage may be a good option for you, call the San Diego divorce attorneys at the Men’s Legal Center.
While the dissolution of marriage can speed up the divorce process for you, it’s still wise to consult with a San Diego divorce lawyer.
Here at the Men’s Legal Center, we’ve earned a reputation of trust, and can position you for the best possible outcome of your divorce. Our sole purpose is to make sure you have the resources and knowledge they need for the best possible outcome in family court.
You can reach us at 619-234-3838 or via email.