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What is Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce)?
Dissolution of marriage (divorce) ends a marriage or domestic partnership. It restores the parties to single status. During this process, the Court can issue orders about:
  • Child Custody
  • Child Visitation
  • Child Support
  • Spousal and Domestic Partner Support
  • Community and Separate Property
  • Community and Separate Debt
  • Summary Dissolution of Marriage
If you are the person filing for divorce, you are the petitioner . The other party in the divorce is the respondent . The respondent must be served with specific paperwork. If the respondent does not file the necessary responding paperwork within 30 days of service, the petitioner may request an entry of default. The divorce proceeding can then be completed without the participation of the respondent.
If the respondent files the necessary responding paperwork, the case proceeds as a contested or uncontested divorce.

In a contested divorce the:
  • Parties are unable to agree on some or all issues
  • Unresolved issues must be settled by the Court
  • Judgment is prepared based on what the judge ordered and submitted to the Court for signature
In an uncontested divorce the:
  • Parties are able to agree on all issues
  • Parties prepare and sign Judgment then submit to the Court for signature
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