Regardless of the reasons why Californians choose to get divorced, they often find themselves amongst a long, sometimes highly contentious, process. This can be exhausting for all parties involved. It can also prevent an individual from moving on to the next chapter in his or her life. Fortunately, though, many divorces are able to be resolved relatively quickly through settlement negotiations. But that is not the only option for a speedy marriage dissolution.
Some Californians may also qualify for what is known as summary dissolution. Those who qualify for this type of divorce do not have to go before a judge or even go to court. This can be a big attraction for many people, but in order to qualify for this type of divorce very specific requirements must be met.
To start, the marriage must have lasted for less than five years. Also, the couple who qualifies for summary dissolution cannot have children, own land or rent property other than that on which they live. Debts shared by the couple also cannot exceed $6,000. Some debts are exempted from this limit, though, including auto loans. Additionally, community property and individual property cannot exceed $41,000 respectively. The parties must also agree that no alimony will be paid, and a signed agreement must be in place that delineates how property and debts will be divided upon divorce.
Although summary dissolution is a faster way to get divorced, it is by no means a shortcut. Those considering this type of divorce should still make sure that they are protecting themselves and their financial interests by discussing their situation with a skilled family law attorney. Only then can an individual rest assured that he or she is choosing a legal path that leads to the best start for their post-divorce life.