The process of getting a divorce can be different depending on what city and state you live in. While California has specific laws in place that govern how divorces are granted, San Diego also has laws and guidelines you must follow. Learning about how to get your divorce performed the right way helps you get through the process faster and avoid common issues that can delay having your divorce finalized. If you need help with any components of the divorce process, consider hiring divorce mediators. San Diego couples trust Divorce Options San Diego to be their one-stop shop for a bundle of essential divorce services, including handling paperwork, court documents, and financial analysis.
Make Sure You Meet the Residency Requirements
Your first step is to make sure you’re eligible to get a divorce in San Diego. First, you or your spouse must have been living in California for at least six months. One of you will also need to be considered a resident of San Diego for at least three months.
Identify Where to File Your Paperwork
Your divorce must be filed through the San Diego Superior Court. However, the city’s large population has led to the need to designate several different locations for people to get divorces. The courthouse you need to work through is assigned based on factors such as where you live. You can identify the courthouse you need to go to by checking online, or you can ask a mediator who is familiar with handling divorces in the San Diego area.
Put Together Your Forms
There are several critical forms you must complete and submit that initiate the divorce process. The Petition for Dissolution of Marriage (Form FL-100) notifies the court that you’re seeking a divorce. This form plays an important role because its acceptance represents the starting point for the six months you must wait for your divorce to be finalized. You’ll also need to file the Summons (Form FL-110), which lets your spouse know that you’re actively initiating the divorce process. It also lets you both know about things you may not do once the process has started. For instance, you may not be able to sell certain property or open new accounts. If you have minor children, you’ll also need to fill out a form that lets the court know information about them along with their recent living arrangements.
Start Mediation and Complete the Settlement Agreement
Once the initial paperwork is submitted, you’ll then work with your mediator to begin to prepare an agreement regarding how you and your spouse plan to split your household. During these sessions, you’ll work out child custody and visitation arrangements while also tending to matters that affect your finances and living situation. Your mediator can then help you submit the final forms required for your divorce. For instance, you’ll need to submit a declaration of your assets and debts. After everything is submitted, you must wait for the court to accept your settlement and notify you that the divorce is complete.
All the practical, legal, financial, and psychological aspects of fair, respectful divorce agreements can be managed by Divorce Options San Diego, a team of experienced, trustworthy experts on divorce mediation. San Diego couples can rely on our comprehensive process, which is so thorough there won’t be a need for attorneys. To learn how we can help you with every facet of your divorce, call us today at (858) 281-2628.