| DIVORCE FAQ #6
6. How do I file for divorce?
To obtain the proper forms, purchase a dissolution form packet for a minimal fee from the clerk of
your county's superior court. Or, go to the California Courts Web site (www.courtinfo.ca.gov). You or
your lawyer or mediator will have to prepare a Petition and a Summons. You begin the process by
filing your Petition and Summons with the clerk of the superior court in the county where you or your
spouse lives. You will have to pay a fee to file these papers unless you have a very low income and
qualify for a fee waiver.
Copies of the Petition and Summons, and a blank Response, must be officially delivered (or, in legal
terms, served) to your spouse by someone other than yourself who is over the age of 18. The
Summons is a paper that notifies your spouse that you are filing for a divorce and that he or she has
30 days in which to file the Response.
In the Response, your spouse then indicates what needs to be resolved by the court. For example, he
or she might object to your request for spousal support or sole custody of your children.
There are several steps that may occur after you file.
Not all of these steps will be necessary in every case. For example, you may simply reach an
agreement and get a judgment without the need for temporary orders of any kind..
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