What forms do I need to file divorce in California?
- You will need to download and complete the Petition—Marriage (Family Law Form FL-100) and the Summons (FL-110).
- If you have children under the age of 18 with your spouse, you must also complete the Declaration Under Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (FL-105/GC-120).
How do I start the divorce process in California?
- Step 1: Make sure that you meet California’s divorce residency requirement.
- Step 2: Filing the Petition.
- Step 3: Serving Your Spouse.
- Step 4: Waiting for a Response.
- Step 5: Reaching a Deal.
- Step 6: Obtaining a Final Judgment.
Can you divorce in California without going to court? Yes. In California, getting divorced without going to court is called getting an uncontested divorce. If you and your spouse agree on the terms of your split, you can put everything in writing and ask for approval from the judge.
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.