Residency Requirements for a Los Angeles Divorce
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Like many other states, California has its own laws regarding who is eligible
to file for
divorce, or more formally known as a marital dissolution. Each state protects
its jurisdiction and takes steps to ensure the proper legal statutes are
applied to each case. If you are looking to pursue a divorce, it is important
you meet the California residency requirements to prevent your case from
being automatically dismissed. While many believe that they must pursue
a divorce in the same state in which they were married, this is simply
not the case. In fact, most divorces in the United States are initiated
in the county where the filing spouse resides.
In order to file for divorce in Los Angeles, at least one of the spouses
- Lived in California for at least six months prior to filing
- Lived in Los Angeles County for at least three months prior to filing
If you wish to file for divorce in another county in Southern California,
then at least one of you must have lived in that county for at least three
months. For the purposes of proceeding towards dissolution of marriage,
both you and your spouse may have separate residences as long as they
are provable and are not based on legal presumptions.
When Is There No Residency Requirement?
There are certain special circumstances in which no residency requirement
applies. Couples who wish to pursue an annulment,
legal separation, or dissolution of a California-registered domestic partnership are not
bound by any residency requirement. However, an out-of-state domestic
partnership may have a California residency requirement before you could
dissolve that domestic partnership. It is important you check with the
laws that govern the state in which your partnership was formed.
If you and your spouse do not meet the residency requirements, you may
file for a legal separation and amend your petition at a later date once
you have met the requirements. This will allow you to make progress through
the court system or obtain certain court orders in the meantime. Once
you have met the requirements, as long as you and your spouse are in agreement,
an amended petition may be filed and completed as a divorce.
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Divorce can be a heartbreaking and emotionally draining experience –
and it is certainly not one that should be endured alone. At
Castellanos & Associates APLC, our compassionate and skilled Los Angeles
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