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In California, How Long Do I Have to Wait Before I am Officially "Divorced"?

Posted by attorney Timothy Combs

In California, there is a six-month waiting period before a divorce can be finalized. The six months starts from the date the Petition is served. It is the goal of the State of California that the six months be a cooling off period, so that couples do not rush to divorce. Even if parties reach an agreement and all formalities are completed soon after the Petition is filed and served, the date of dissolution will be entered at least six months out.

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