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Summary Dissolution of Marriage in California - a Great Option for Some

Posted by attorney Erik Newton


Summary Dissolution of Marriage is a very quick and efficient way to end a marriage in California. The process sidesteps the need to appear in court, and creates a streamlined process to handle the paperwork.

In essence, it's an excellent option for certain couples. The only drawback is that no everyone applies.

The Requirements

For a very small number of people, the option of Summary Dissolution in California is available – the least expensive option of all. The following is a list of the qualifications you must meet to apply for a summary dissolution.

You and your spouse:

  • Have been married less than 5 years;
  • Do not have children;
  • Do not own real estate of any kind;
  • Do not rent real estate (except where you live);
  • Do not have debt in excess of $6,000;
  • Have less than $38,000 worth of community property (acquired during marriage);
  • Do not have separate property worth more than $38,000;
  • Agree that both parties waive spousal support; AND
  • Have signed an agreement that divides all of your assets and debts.
  • Meet the residency requirements to file divorce in California.

If you believe that you qualify for a summary dissolution of marriage in California, click here to visit the court’s website and learn more.

Most attorneys don't handle summary dissolutions because the process is so simpler. That said, if you get into hot water, or have any questions, feel free to give us a call. We can be reached at 415-398-1290, or

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