The divorce process
Getting a divorce in California
Getting a divorce takes at least 6 months. There are 4 major parts of the process and they are the same for couples who are married and for those in a domestic partnership. It's the same process to get a legal separation. But, there isn't a required 6-month waiting period.
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Part 1: Start a divorce case
One spouse (or domestic partner) files papers to start the case and officially lets the other spouse know. Then, the other spouse has a chance to file a response.
Part 2: Share financial information
The spouse that first filed divorce papers must share financial information with their spouse. The other spouse must share their information if they're participating in the divorce process.
Part 3: Make decisions
Make decisions about how to split property and debts, care for your children, and any spousal or child support. You can agree about these things or use a court process to have the court decide.
Part 4: Finalize the divorce
Once all these issues are decided, submit final paperwork to the court and your divorce will become final.