EmailShare with:TweetIn order to get a divorce, a married couple needs to meet California's residency requirement. Filing for divorce in California requires that you or your spouse must have lived in California for the prior six months, and the county where you plan to file the divorce for the last three months. If you and your spouse have lived in California for a minimum of six months, but in different counties for the last three months, you can file in either county. Legal Separation is available if you do not meet the residency requirement. An amended petition may be filed requesting a divorce once the residency requirements have been met.