California Divorce Questions & Answers

Q: My friend got married to a lady he had been dating for a few months on 4th of July, 2015 in Las Vegas NV.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for California on Jul 25, 2015

Answered on Jul 27, 2015

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Andy Chen's answer
There are many ways to end this marriage. Worst case, your friend files for divorce. Summary dissolution may be another. Annulment may be another as well. Divorce in CA is not difficult, but the path to finally being divorced twists and turns a lot depending on the facts of each individual situation.

California divorces involve a lot of paperwork, though, so your friend should be prepared for that. Preparing a tax return is the best analogy that comes to mind. Getting married in CA...

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Q: My unlce divorced my aunt in CA while she's not been in the US before. Is that legal?

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for California on Jul 14, 2015

Answered on Jul 16, 2015

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Andy Chen's answer
Yes, provided your uncle met the residency requirements to file a case in California. If your uncle lied about something important (e.g. your aunt was served when she actually wasn't), then your aunt may be able to re-open the case.

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Q: Just moved back to California from Canada. How long do I have to wait to file for divorce. He still lives in Canada.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for California on May 12, 2015

Answered on May 16, 2015

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You have to live in CA for the 6 months immediately preceding the filing of the case. You have to live in the county in CA in which you file your case for the 3 months immediately preceding the filing of the case.

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Q: I divoce in Nevada week a go can I marry now in calfornia

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for California on Jan 26, 2015

Answered on Mar 5, 2015

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I don't know what Nevada's divorce procedure is, but I would guess that you need a judgment or decree of some kind signed by a Nevada judge before you are able to get married again. If you have such a judgment/decree, then you should be single. If you've just filed your case in Nevada, you probably aren't single yet. A lot of people in CA think that by merely filing their case, they become single. Getting divorced (in CA, at least) is a long process.

If you get married in CA while you...

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Q: I was married in costa rica in 2010 but i am gettin remarried next year do i have to do divorce papers here or in CR?

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for California on Feb 25, 2015

Answered on Mar 5, 2015

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Foreign marriages are recognized in California, assuming there was nothing wrong with the union (e.g. bride was forced, underage, etc) Thus, I would guess that under CA law, you are married which means you can't get remarried since it would be bigamous.

If you have lived in CA for at least 6 months and your county for at least 3, you can file for divorce in CA. You'd have to serve your Costa Rican husband somehow. It is possible you could do this through publication in Costa Rica....

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Q: I'm in ireland and I need to divorce my wife in california how do I divorce her

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for California on Feb 21, 2015

Answered on Mar 5, 2015

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You can't file for divorce in CA. CA requires that the filing spouse have lived in CA for the 6 months preceding the filing. Additionally, the filing spouse had to have lived in the county they are filing in for the 3 months preceding the filing. Your wife, however, can file for divorce in CA since she apparently lives here, provided she has met the 6 month and 3 month rules I just mentioned.

I don't know what Ireland law requires, but I'd see if filing for divorce there is a...

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Q: Divorce Judgement Case Number

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for California on Feb 18, 2015

Answered on Mar 5, 2015

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It may depend on the court, but I somehow doubt that after 30 years, the courts will have your divorce papers around any more. I've asked for divorce decrees from divorces that happened 20 years ago and have been told they were destroyed years ago. There are simply too many divorces for courts to retain copies of the files indefinitely.

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Q: I live in CA my ex moved to Indiana, filed for divorce, asking for attorney fees I can't pay. Should I file response?

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for California on Feb 1, 2015

Answered on Mar 5, 2015

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Yes, you should. If you don't file a response, then the court will only hear your ex's side of the situation. Not surprisingly, she will only include info that is helpful to her case and leave out anything that would help your case.

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Q: If I divorce my husband and he retired from job and gets a retirement check do I get half

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for California on Feb 28, 2015

Answered on Mar 5, 2015

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The answer will depend a lot on timing. If he earned the retirement pension during the marriage (even partially), then you should get part of it. It may not be half necessarily, but the part you get will scale with the number of years during the marriage counted towards earning the pension.

For example, if he had to work 30 years to get his check and you and he were married for the full 30 years, then you should get half. However, if he had to work 30 years to get his check and you and...

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Q: Do I need to fill out the marital settlement agreement if the dissolution is going into default?

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for California on Mar 2, 2015

Answered on Mar 5, 2015

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No. If he was served and didn't respond, you can file for default and proceed to finish the case without his input or participation. An MSA is for an uncontested case where your husband responds or appears, but does not disagree with you on anything.

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Q: I am the petitioner in my case. If both parties are in agreement what happens if I don't go to our court date?

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for California on Feb 18, 2015

Answered on Feb 19, 2015

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Mr. Robin Mashal's answer
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If you have any upcoming court hearing dates, you or your attorney should attend them. To the extent you can reach agreement with the respondent (your spouse), you should be able to reduce it to a written signed stipulation and present the stipulation to the court. Be sure to consult your own attorney to protect your legal rights.

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Q: What can I do when the court that I received a dissolution of marriage through, now has no records of the case?

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for California on Feb 19, 2015

Answered on Feb 19, 2015

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Ask the court Clerk whether the courthouse has an archives department and/or their old files are imaged. If you were represented by a law firm in your marriage dissolution, you can inquire whether that firm still has its files on this matter (although few firms would keep their records for 20 years). Be sure to consult your own attorney to protect your legal rights.

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Q: Divorse filed in Sept. I was served 5 mo later. She made no demands. I agree to all. Any way to start clock from Sept?

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for California on Jan 23, 2015

Answered on Feb 18, 2015

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Gina Marie Famularo's answer
No. A divorce takes a minimum of six months. The time begins to run once the initial documents are filed and served. This does not mean that the parties cannot enter into a judgment earlier than that. It simply means the parties cannot remarry before the minimum six-month waiting period has elapsed. Even after the waiting period, entry of the judgment is not automatic. It requires the filing of court papers and the court’s signature on the judgment. Until the judgment is filed and signed by...

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Q: I have a property, I bought it before my marriage, if I get a divorced what will happen with the property

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for California on Feb 10, 2015

Answered on Feb 12, 2015

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Mr. Robin Mashal's answer
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If you purchased the property with your separate funds, never used community funds to make payments regarding the property, and you have not granted your spouse any ownership interest in the property, the property is your separate property. In case of divorce, each spouse holds on to his/her separate property. You should immediately consult your own attorney to protect your legal...

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Q: I want to buy him out of the house ownership, but the house was rebuilt without permits. Can I still do it and how?

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for California on Feb 10, 2015

Answered on Feb 11, 2015

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If you want to buyout your husband's interest, you can certainly do so. You will receive your husband's share of title in the property subject to any building code/permit violations. You may want to first get opinion of some professionals (realtor, architect, appraiser) so you understand the value of interest you are purchasing. Be sure to consult your own attorney to protect...

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Q: Dad didn't pay a trailer bill mom is getting sued for it.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for California on Feb 5, 2015

Answered on Feb 9, 2015

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If both of your parents signed for the purchase the trailer, both of them are jointly and severally liable for the bill payments. You should review the divorce settlement terms and make certain it says what you believe it says. If so, your mother has the right to sue your father to be indemnified for the moneys she paid on the bills. Be sure to consult your own attorney to...

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Q: How do I get a copy of a divorce degree in humacau, puerto rico

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for California on Feb 4, 2015

Answered on Feb 5, 2015

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You have to contact the courthouse and see what you need to do to obtain copy of documents from their records. If they do not offer an option to place your order remotely (e.g., by phone, by mail, or online), you may have to go in personally and place your order. Be sure to consult your own attorney to protect your legal rights.

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Q: How do I succeed in divorcing an uncooperative abusive partner with Narcissist Personality Disorder?

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for California on Jan 27, 2015

Answered on Jan 31, 2015

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Gina Marie Famularo's answer
If he is a professional, you should consider requesting the court order a vocational evaluation of Husband to determine his earning potential. If the court finds Husband has the ability to earn money, this will limit the amount of support you need to pay him. After completed, set the case for trial. Settlement discussions are worthless in this case.

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Q: What kind of lawyer do I need. I have very limited money for this and he has tons and tons of money.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for California on Jan 25, 2015

Answered on Jan 26, 2015

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Mr. Robin Mashal's answer
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I am sorry to hear about your situation. It seems like you need a divorce attorney. Since you were represented by an attorney in your case before, that attorney would be in best position to help you. You can also retain a new attorney, but your new attorney will have to take time to review the history of your case.

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Q: Received a divorce summons from Clark County, Nevada but I live in California. How do I answer this summons?

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for California on Jan 22, 2015

Answered on Jan 22, 2015

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You can retain an attorney in Nevada to represent you in the case. Alternatively, you have the option to represent yourself in the case. Be sure to consult your own attorney to protect your legal rights.

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