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Summary Dissolution

This is the self-help section for Summary Dissolution. Summary dissolution of marriage can be used to end a marriage without a court appearance. It can only be used by a married couple that meets ALL the following requirements:

  1. The parties have been married less than five (5) years as of the date of separation.
  2. Have no children together that were born or adopted before or during the marriage and wife, to her knowledge, is not pregnant as of the date the action is filed.
  3. Neither party has any interest/ownership in real estate.
  4. Do not owe more than $6,000 total for debts acquired since the date of the marriage. The $6000 amount does not include vehicle loans.
  5. Do not own more than $50,000 worth of property acquired during the marriage (community property).
  6. Do not have more than $40,000 (not including cars) in separate property (property acquired before marriage or after separation.
  7. Must be able to cooperate to fill out a joint petition and a written agreement dividing your property.
Family Law Q&A
External Resources/Links for Divorce or Legal Separation:
Service Description Resource Contact Info
California Courts Self-Help Center The Judicial Council provides the California Courts website Summary Dissolution Self-Help Center to help with answers to your questions about Summary Dissolution. View Website
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