Is there a filing fee to file for divorce in California?

Asked over 1 year ago - Los Angeles, CA

Do I have to file a fee to petition the court for a divorce? Is there a fee waiver available to me if I cannot afford the fee and other court costs?

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  1. Robert Edward Drescher

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    Answered . The filing fee in Los Angeles County for the filing of a petition for dissolution is $435. There is a process to obtain a fee waiver but it has very specific income levels and you have to file the request for fee waiver at the same time you file the petition. The court will review your application and if approved will accept and file the petition. If the fee waiver is denied then you would have to pay the filing fee

  2. Thomas Anthony Schaeffer

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    Answered . Agreed. search the online section of the family court for the forms before you head in there.

    Thomas A. Schaeffer, Esq. Law Office of Juarez and Schaeffer PO Box 16216, San Diego, CA 92105 (619) 804-4327 www.... more
  3. Michael Charles Doland

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    Answered . Yes, there is a filing fee and there are three different ways of obtaining a fee waiver.

    The above is general legal and business analysis. It is not "legal advice" but analysis, and different lawyers may... more
  4. Shauna Marie Albright


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    Answered . Yes, there is a fee to file for a divorce in California. However, you may qualify for a fee waiver.

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Divorce is the process of formally ending a marriage. Divorces may be jointly agreed upon, resolved by negotiation, or decided in court.

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