(Dissolution of a Marriage or Registered Domestic Partnership)

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CoupleMost people believe they will be able to stay together when they get married or register a domestic partnership.  Sometimes, however, one or the other of the spouses or partners wants to end the relationship.

SPECIAL NOTE:  You do not need to (and cannot) use the court to end a domestic partnership if you have not registered the partnership with the State of California.

Things that you need to know about divorce or dissolution of a domestic partnership in California:

In this section you will find information about:

It will help you understand what to do:

BEFORE starting a divorce case, or dissolving your registered domestic partnership

DURING a legal proceeding if you are the person asking for the divorce or dissolution of your domestic partnership.

DURING a legal proceeding if your spouse or partner is asking for the divorce or dissolution of your domestic partnership.

AFTER a legal proceeding

This section also has answers for your Frequently Asked Questions about divorce, and information about the forms you will need for your case.

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This website’s general information is very helpful for everyone in California.
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