There are a number of divorce forms that many be needed when filing for a dissolution of marriage in California. The divorce forms you will need depends on the length of marriage, whether or not if you have children, and the amount of community property you have accumulated.
Initial Divorce Forms
The initial divorce form used is by the “Petitioner” who files a Petition in the Superior Court for dissolution of the marriage. In this divorce form, the Petitioner asks the court to dissolve the marriage and to deal with any issues between the parties arising out of the marital relationship such as child custody, child support, spousal support, property division, debt division, payment of attorney fees and court costs, etc. How your case is subsequently handled depends on what your spouse does. Your spouse, who is now known as the “Respondent,” can either not file a Response to the Petition, cooperate to settle the case by way of agreement or, can file a Response and contests the issues in the case.
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