How Long Does it Take to Get Divorced in California?

Are you planning on getting a divorce? If so, you are probably wondering how long it takes for California divorces to be finalized once the divorce action is filed. Each state has established different rules regarding how long until a divorce is final, so continue reading to learn more about California’s laws.

For starters, California was the first state to become a “no-fault” divorce state. Under this concept, either spouse can obtain a divorce as long as they want a divorce. Meaning, a spouse does not have to accuse their other spouse of marital misconduct, such as adultery or abuse.

As long as one spouse wants a divorce, they can have it under California’s no-fault divorce law.

What is the residency requirement in order to obtain a divorce? Under California law, if you want a divorce, you or your spouse must have lived in California for at least six months before the divorce action is filed.

Additionally, the spouse who files the divorce petition must live in the county where the divorce petition is filed for at least three months before they file.

Once we file, how long until our divorce is final?

This is the one question that every divorcing spouse asks, usually at their first meeting with their divorce attorney. Here is your answer: once a divorce petition is filed and served on the other spouse, the couple must wait at least six months before their divorce can be finalized in California.

If it’s important to you that your divorce is finalized as soon as possible, be prepared when you meet with your attorney (by having all of the financial documents), and try making your interactions with your ex as polite and respectful as possible.

The best way for spouses to finalize their divorce sooner than later is to work together to reach a fair and reasonable divorce settlement. It also helps to be flexible when it comes to your parenting schedule, and by being open and honest with your ex during the negotiations.

To file for divorce in the Greater Los Angeles Area, contact our office to discuss your case with an experienced member of our legal team! We gladly offer free consultations.