Oakland Estate Planning Lawyer
A summary dissolution allows you to get a "divorce" without appearing
in court. You do not get alimony or child support. Not everyone qualifies
for a summary dissolution, so read that section carefully.
A summary dissolution costs $1250 and takes six months.
If you would also like to order a our name change service (passport, birth
certificate, security card, and instructions for the DMV) it is an additional $500.00
Do I Qualify for a Summary Dissolution?
In order to qualify for a summary dissolution you must meet the following
Married/Partnered for Less than Five Years
You cannot have been married or have been registered domestic partners
for more than 5 years on the date you file your Joint Petition for Summary
Dissolution of Marriage or Notice of Termination of Domestic Partnership;
You cannot have children together that were adopted, born before or during
the marriage or partnership, and neither person can be currently pregnant;
No Interest in Real Estate
You cannot own or have an interest in any real estate (house, condominium,
rental property, land, or a 1-year lease or option to buy);
Less than $6,000 in Debt
You cannot owe more than $6,000 for debts acquired since the date of your
marriage or registration of your domestic partnership (do not count auto loans);
Less than $38,000 in Community Property
You must have less than $38,000 worth of property acquired during the
marriage or domestic partnership (do not count your cars);
Less than $38,000 in Separate Property .
You cannot have separate property worth more than $38,000 (do not count
money you owe on the property or auto loans);
No Spousal Support
You must agree that 1) neither spouse nor domestic partner will ever receive
spousal or domestic partner support, and 2) both of you have agreed to
division of property and debts. You must have signed an agreement that
divides your property and debts.
Either you or your spouse must have lived in California for the last 6
months and in the county where you file for summary dissolution for the
last three months