Use this checklist as your guide to the paperwork that is necessary to file for divorce in California.
What’s your situation?
In order to get divorced in Contra Costa County:
- You must have lived in California for at least 6 months, and
- You must have lived in Contra Costa County for at least 3 months.
- If you don’t meet these requirements and still want to get divorced in California, you can file for a Legal Separation and wait until you’ve meet the residency requirements.
Summary Dissolution – Easier than divorce
If you’ve been married less than 5 years, don’t have many assets, and don’t have children, you may qualify for a Summary Dissolution. For details read this form.
- Collect These Documents
- Download these forms, file them with the court, and have them served to your spouse
- Option 1 – TRUE DEFAULT – Your spouse didn’t respond to your filing at all
- Option 2 – DEFAULT CASE – Your spouse did not respond but you have a written agreement on all issues
- Option 3 – UNCONTESTED DIVORCE – You and your spouse agree on everything
- Option 4 – CONTESTED DIVORCE – You and your spouse do not agree on everything