Getting a summary dissolution in California
A summary dissolution is a simpler way to end a marriage or domestic partnership for couples who qualify and are able to work together. A summary dissolution becomes final 6 months after you file with the court.
This shows the basic process. Select any step to navigate to step-by-step instructions.
1. Gather and share financial information
Read through a booklet from the court and fill out forms about your finances. Share your financial information with your spouse.
2. Fill out forms and write up an agreement
You and your spouse will complete and sign court forms and also write up an agreement that tells the court how you intend to divide your property.
3. File the forms with the court
Finally, you'll file the forms with the court and pay a fee. The court will approve your summary dissolution and it will be final in six months.