Summary Dissolution Attorney in Upland
Helping Clients End Their Marriage Through Alternative Legal Methods
A summary dissolution of marriage is a simplified and alternative way for a couple to legally end their marriage. This action involves a process that is not as complicated as traditional divorce but is just as legally binding.
Couples who can opt for this action include:
- Married partners
- Registered domestic partners
- Domestic partners who later married
This legal action is a court proceeding but allows both parties to forego a hearing in front of a judge if they can work out a settlement together. A lawyer is not required for this process; however, it is strongly advised to have the experience of a divorce attorney by your side to give you sound advice and review the final paperwork to ensure your rights and best interests are protected.
To speak with our Upland summary dissolution lawyer, call our office at (562) 454-0109.
Requirements for a Summary Dissolution of Marriage
In the state of California, you must meet all the following requirements to qualify for this process:
- Either party must have lived in the state for 6 months or more and in the county they are filing for 3 months or more.
- The couple must have been married for less than 5 years. If you were married for less than 5 years and legally separated for longer, you may still be able to qualify.
- The couple must not share any minor children. This includes any children born during before the marriage or children expected to be born during the time of filing.
- The couple must not own any land, property, or buildings together.
- The couple must not rent any land, property, or building other than their current residence.
- The couple must not owe more than $6,000 in debt.
- The couple must have less than $41,000 of marital property.
- The couple must have less than $41,000 of separate property.
- The couple must agree that neither party will seek spousal support from the other.
- The couple must have signed an agreement dividing marital property and debt.
How to File for Summary Dissolution
A couple must create a marital settlement document that they both agree on. To protect your best interests, it’s advised that you seek the help of an attorney to review the document before filing. Once the document is created and both parties have reviewed and signed it, they must file it with the appropriate court.
Once either party has filed the document with the court, they must:
- Fill out a joint petition form. This must be signed by both parties to be considered legally valid and to prove they are in agreement.
- Fill out a judgement form that is used to obtain a final judgment from the court.
- Fill out documents explaining each spouse’s financial situation and their agreement on the division of marital assets.
- Fill out a property agreement form that illustrates each party’s agreement on how the marital property is divided between the parties.
- Let an attorney review all paperwork to ensure it is legally sound and in each party’s best interests.
- File all documents with the clerk and wait for the final judgement.
In California, a couple must wait 6 months from the date of filing a summary dissolution before they can marry another person.
Offering Sound Legal Advice & Guidance
A marriage dissolution may seem like an easier route than traditional divorce, but an attorney can help you ensure the process is legal and every document is filed correctly. At Deccan Law, our summary dissolution attorney in Upland has extensive experience in alternative divorce solutions and can effectively guide you through this process.
“He was extremely patient and helpful throughout the whole process”- Melinda L.
“Deccan Law helped me through a very difficult time not only with the legalities, forms and necessary actions but was also very ...”- Deborah A.
“He covered everything we were worried about and more and now we can sleep stress free at night.”- Corey R.