California Divorce Petition
I want a divorce. What is a divorce petition? Where do I file my divorce petition?
To file for divorce of a marriage in California you must file a California divorce petition. To qualify for the filing of a divorce, either you or your spouse must have lived in California for 6 months prior to the date of filing and in the county where you are filing your case for at least 3 months prior to the date of filing. If you do not meet these requirements, you can file for legal separation, then file an amended California divorce petition in the county in which you live once their residency requirements are met.
The filing of a California divorce petition begins your divorce proceeding after which you must address any other issues which may be affected by your divorce, such as: child custody, child support, spousal support, division of community property, and attorney fees.
Click on the following link to download a free copy of a California Divorce Petition that is used in all California courts.
File Download (PDF File): fl100 – marriage petition
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