Palo Alto, CA asked in Divorce for California

Q: Divorce in California but married in another state

I got married in Massachusetts and now I've lived in California for 3 years. I wonder whether my marriage certificate needs to be notarized if I file for divorce in California. Thanks!

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Rebecka  Monez
Rebecka Monez
  • Modesto, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: You do not need your marriage certificate to be notarized to file for divorce in California. Your marriage certificate from Massachusetts can stand on its own authentication by being certified from the clerk recorder's office of the county in Massachusetts that issued it. Additionally, a copy of your marriage license is not required in order to file for divorce. You must reside in the county of which you file for a term of 3 months, and must be a resident of California for a total of 6 months. Those are the jurisdictional requirements to file here. The only reason you would need your marriage license is if your spouse claimed that you were never legally married. Best of luck to you.

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