What documents are needed to file for divorce in California?
|Petition — Marriage/Domestic Partnership
|Summons (Family Law)
|Declaration Under Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA)
|Proof of Service of Summons (Family Law — Uniform Parentage — Custody and Support)
Are California divorce records public? California makes divorce records available to the public unless a divorce court has sealed the records. Any member of the public can access the papers of most divorce cases. To be sure, the information in your divorce case could include personal details.
How do I file for divorce in California for free? To apply for a fee waiver for a free divorce in California, you must first obtain all relevant forms and provide all requested information. You will then have to provide a notarized financial disclosure to prove your need. A court clerk will then review the paperwork and approve the waiver if you meet the requirements.
Can I file for divorce on my own in California? You don’t need to hire a lawyer to get an uncontested divorce in California, and you can represent yourself during the process. Spouses can try to handle everything themselves or use an online service that eases the process.