DIVORCE - SUMMARY DISSOLUTION
A California Summary Dissolution is a quick "lawyerless", straightforward, inexpensive procedure for dissolving a marriage. You won't have to talk to a judge, it requires few forms, there are no formal court hearings, and no appearances are required.
Not everyone is qualified to get a summary dissolution; most people will need a regular divorce. To qualify for a summary dissolution you must meet all of the following requirements:
- You have been married or registered domestic partners for less than 5 years.
- You have no children together, including adopted children, children before or during the marriage or partnership, and neither is pregnant.
- You do not own or have any interest in houses, condominiums, rental property, land, or a 1-year lease or option to buy.
- You have built less than $5,000 in debts since the date of marriage or registered domestic partnership.
- You do not own more than $33,000 worth of property that you acquired during the marriage or domestic partnership.
- You do not have "separate property" worth more than $33,000 dollars, which does not include money you owe on the property or auto loans.
- You both agree than you will never get spousal or domestic partner support.
- Finally you both must sign an agreement that divides your property and debts called a "property agreement".