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Summary Dissolution of Marriage

A Simplified Way to End A Marriage

Summary dissolution of marriage is a simplified way to terminate a marriage or domestic partnership for certain couples in California. Summary dissolution is a faster, cheaper way to obtain a no-fault divorce. If qualified, it may be available for couples who do not have children and do not have any substantial assets or liabilities.

The Los Angeles family law attorneys at The Broadway Law Firm understand the ins and outs of summary dissolution and can help you and your partner navigate the process. We have helped couples throughout California terminate their marriages affordably and efficiently.

To learn more about summary dissolution from our experienced divorce lawyers, please or call (213) 344-0545 to schedule an appointment at our Los Angeles offices.


Qualifying for Summary Dissolution

Summary dissolution of marriage can save both parties a significant amount of time, expense, and stress when compared to the traditional dissolution process. However, California family courts have strict guidelines for who can utilize the process.

A couple is only eligible to file for a summary dissolution of marriage if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Both spouses have agreed to separate
  • The couple has been married for less than five years
  • There are no children of the marriage (and the wife is not currently pregnant)
  • The parties do not own any real estate
  • Neither party owes more than $6,000 in debt acquired during the marriage (excluding auto loans)
  • Neither party has more than $41,000 in assets acquired during the marriage or $41,000 in assets acquired before the marriage (excluding cars)
  • Both parties agree that neither will receive spousal support (alimony)
  • The parties have agreed upon a full division of their property and debts

This kind of divorce may be an appealing option for couples who meet the above criteria and who are already in agreement on all the major issues in their divorce. Because qualifying couples do not have contested issues to resolve, there are no hearings before a judge. This means they can bypass the time-consuming and often contentious court process. However, the six-month “cooling off” period imposed on all California divorces still applies to the divorcing spouses.

Retain Reliable Counsel

Although obtaining a divorce through the summary dissolution procedure does not require an appearance in court, hiring a lawyer before starting the process is highly recommended. An experienced Los Angeles divorce attorney from The Broadway Law Firm can provide valuable advice regarding options and eligibility for summary dissolution. We can guide you through all of the required paperwork and forms, making the process as simple as possible.

If you are considering divorce and would like more information on a summary dissolution of marriage, call us at (213) 344-0545 today.

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