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Important information to be studied when applying for divorce in the state of California is given below:

Residency Requirement


To file for divorce in California, one of the parties must have lived in the state for a minimum of six months and in the county for a minimum of three months. There is a state-mandated waiting period of six months which begins after the initial forms are filed.

Reasons for the Divorces


There are mainly two reasons of divorce in California that is fault and no-fault. In order to file for divorce in California, the proper grounds must be established. Both spouses are involved in establishing these grounds, and both must substantiate and agree upon these, unless the divorcing spouse is trying to prove to the court.

Principle of the Child Custody


When determining custody of the child(ren), the court will make a decision based on what is the in the child(ren)'s best interest. While joint custody arrangements are preferred, ultimately whatever is most beneficial for the child is what will be ordered. Some factors that are taken into consideration when deciding custody include, but are not limited to:

Rules for Property Distribution


California is a community property state. This means that property acquired during the marriage will be divided equally between the parties in the divorce. This includes income, debt, real property, and personal property. The court may be willing to consider a property of division that is not 50/50 if there is a written and notarized agreement of the parties.

Rules for Spouses Support


Depending on whether it is being decided by the court, or if it is included in a prior agreement, alimony can be awarded permanently, temporarily, or not at all. Factors which the court considers regarding alimony are:

Child Support Guidelines


Child support in California is determined based on a set of guidelines. These guidelines are used to determine how much the obligated parent has to pay. Factors that are considered in determining child support include:

Mediation in Case of Divorce


In some cases, the court may recommend mediation to see if the marriage can be reconciled. In this event, there will be a 30 day delay before your divorce will be granted.

Filing Pro Se Divorce


A lawyer is not required to file for divorce in California, although it may be recommended in some cases. A divorce that is filed without representation of an attorney is filing for divorce pro se.
Pro se is a Latin phrase which means "on his or her own". This type of divorce is legal and enforceable in California. Pro se divorces are convenient and often a lot less costly than hiring an attorney.

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