Summary Dissolution for Less Complicated Cases

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Some couples can use a fairly simple process for getting divorced.  This process is called "summary dissolution," and is described in California Family Code, Section 2400. Opens new window 

In general, to qualify for summary dissolution, the couple must:

  • Have been married for less than 5 years as of the date of separation.
  • Have no children together.
  • Have less than $38,000 total property (not counting any money owed on the property and not counting any car acquired during marriage).
  • Not have separate property worth more than $38,000 (not counting any money owed on the property and not counting any cars).
  • Not, as a couple, owe more than $6,000 total for debts acquired since the date of the marriage or registration of the domestic partnership
    (not including car loans).
  • Agree about how you will divide all your belongings, financial assets, and debts.
  • Agree to give up any rights to spousal support.
  • Agree about all other issues related to the divorce.

For more information about summary dissolution, click here.

NOTE:  Domestic partners who want to use summary dissolution to end their relationship in California should go through the California Secretary of State, not the courts.  To learn how to end a California registered domestic partnership through a summary dissolution process, click here. Opens new window

Think you qualify? Check it out:

To make sure you and your spouse or partner meet all the criteria to qualify for a summary dissolution, complete the following worksheets:

If these worksheets show that you have more assets than qualify for Summary Dissolution, then you must get a regular divorce or dissolution of registered domestic partnership.

If these worksheets show you qualify for summary dissolution, go to the Summary Dissolution Section to find out what steps to follow.

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