Who qualifies for a summary dissolution in San Diego? Many California residents may have heard about the prospect of a summary dissolution as a way to end a marriage or registered domestic partnership. A summary dissolution can provide a quick and easy divorce solution for couples that qualify. It is important for residents to understand how a summary dissolution works in California and if it is in their best interest.
A summary dissolution in San Diego is essentially a divorce which skips over most of the divorce process. There are none of the aspects usually associated with a regular divorce, like complex property division, child custody or support. The couple simply signs a few documents and agreements and is declared divorced. In the case of a registered domestic partnership, the partnership is ended.
However, the requirements for summary dissolution are not a fit for the majority of marriages or registered domestic partnerships. The union must be short, having lasted less than five years. There must also be no children associated with the union. The couple must meet the residency requirements of living in California for at least six months prior to filing.
Property division is highly simplified because community property must be less than $40,000 with no more than $6,000 of joint debt, excluding car loans. Each spouse cannot have separate property valuing more than $40,000 as well. This again excludes car ownership. The spouses must sign an agreement which divides the community property and debts and declares that there will be no spousal support payments.
Obviously, the majority of marriages will fit these requirements, but a summary dissolution in San Diego may be a good idea for couples that meet the basic requirements. Our Certified Family Law Specialists can help you to learn if your marriage or registered domestic partnership is a good fit for summary dissolution, including any complications which might arise. One of the experienced family law attorneys at Burke & Domercq can also help draft the agreement and ensure that the necessary forms are filed with the court.