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How long must I live in California before I can file for divorce?

Different jurisdictions throughout the nation require individuals to have different durations of residency within their borders before they will grant them divorces. California requires divorcing parties to meet certain time lines before their divorces may be finalized, and this post will discuss those general requirements. However, readers are advised to discuss their divorce plans with their family law attorneys before moving forward in order to obtain the best and most up-to-date information about their pending legal actions.

In California, at least one of the parties to the divorce must have lived in California for at least six months before the action may be commenced. On top of that, one of the parties, being either the filing party or the spouse, must have lived in the jurisdiction where the divorce is filed for at least three months. If the parties do not meet these requirements, then their divorce must wait.

However, couples that do not meet the above-mentioned residency requirements can first file for legal separations while they wait for six months of residency to toll. A legal separation can help the parties to a couple begin the process of separating their lives from each other before they can move forward with their divorce.

Generally, a party to a California divorce must live in the state for at least half of a year before the matter may move forward and be finalized. There are a number of important legal decisions that accompany divorce and as they prepare to file their divorce paperwork California residents may want to take the time to work out their legal wants and needs with their trusted legal advisers.

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