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California Residency and Filing Requirements
California has certain residency requirements for filing a divorce action. If the residency requirements are not met, the court will not have jurisdiction to hear the case. The court will either not accept the case or will dismiss the case.
The residency requirements must be met when the case if first filed. If you don't meet the requirements, you must either wait until you meet the rule on residency or file your divorce in another state where you meet the requirements.
In order to file for divorce in California, at least one of the parties must have resided in California for at least six months prior to filing, and in the county where he or she plans to file for the divorce, for the prior three months.
California Grounds for Divorce
The first divorce form filed in the California court - either a petition or complaint - must state the grounds for the divorce. The appropriate grounds for a California divorce are either the grounds that both parties can agree on and can substantiate in a divorce hearing or which the filing party chooses to prove to the court.
The California court has power to divorce a couple from their marriage on the following grounds:
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Filing Spouse's Title
In California, the filing spouse is called the petitioner.
Non-Filing Spouse's Title
In California, the non-filing spouse is called the respondent.
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