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What are the Residency Requirements for Golden State Divorces?

On Behalf of | Mar 28, 2014 | Divorce


If the California Supreme Court lacks jurisdiction over your divorce, you cannot petition to dissolve your California marriage. How can you make sure that you are eligible? There are many ways to demonstrate that you’ve met residency requirements. Normally, this only becomes a problem if you or your husband or wife just moved to (or wants to move out of) California.


Either you or the other spouse must be a resident of California for six months or longer, in order to get a dissolution of marriage in California. In addition, you must spend time in the County that’s going to govern that proceeding.

For more details about the rules and constraints that may apply to you, research California State statutes at

All that said, you may want an attorney to guide you through the process, so that you can avoid mistakes and problematic omissions. If you think understanding residency requirements is challenging, you might be surprised by the gamut of complex challenges that can arise even during a normal, non-complicated, uncontested Golden State divorce.

Fortunately, you don’t have to try to navigate these complex legal shoals yourself. The California family law lawyers at Demmerle & Dinnebier are standing by to help you make sense of your options and plot a smart course. Call or email the team to set up your consultation with us.