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Information About Divorce in California

CA Divorce Law
California State Statutory Resources
CA Residency Requirements for Divorce
Grounds for Divorce in California
Child Support in California
CA Child Support Calculators
CA Child Custody & Visitation Law
Property Division in California
California Courts & Community Resources

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CA Divorce Law

California only permits irreconcilable difference type no fault divorces and mutual consent decrees. California is a community property state. You must have been a resident of the state for 6 months in order to obtain a divorce.

California Family Code - covers various subject areas including marriage, separation, divorce, custody, support, etc.
Marital Separation Agreements Explained

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California State Statutory Resources

CA Residency Requirements (Divorce) - California Family Code Section 2320-2322 - A judgment of dissolution of marriage may not be entered unless one of the parties to the marriage has been a resident of this state for six months and of the county in which the proceeding is filed for three months next preceding the filing of the petition. View the entire statute...

Grounds for Divorce in California - California Family Code Section 2310-2313:

2310. Dissolution of the marriage or legal separation of the parties may be based on either of the following grounds, which shall be pleaded generally: (a) Irreconcilable differences, which have caused the irremediable breakdown of the marriage. (b) Incurable insanity.

2311. Irreconcilable differences are those grounds which are determined by the court to be substantial reasons for not continuing the marriage and which make it appear that the marriage should be dissolved.

2312. A marriage may be dissolved on the grounds of incurable insanity only upon proof, including competent medical or psychiatric testimony, that the insane spouse was at the time the petition was filed, and remains, incurably insane.

2313. No dissolution of marriage granted on the ground of incurable insanity relieves a spouse from any obligation imposed by law as a result of the marriage for the support of the spouse who is incurably insane, and the court may make such order for support, or require a bond therefor, as the circumstances require.

California Family Code - covers various subject areas including marriage, separation, divorce, custody, support, etc.

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Child Support in California

Child Support Explained
Child Support Guidelines - California Family Code Section 4050-4076
California Dept of Child Support Services
P.O. Box 419064
Rancho Cordova, CA 95741-9064
Telephone (866) 901-3212
Hearing Impaired TTY (866) 399-4096

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CA Child Support Calculators

Interactive Child Support Payment Estimator
Calculating Child Support in California

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CA Child Custody and Visitation Law

Child custody decisions are based on the best interests of the child.

Child Custody and Visitation Law - California Courts
Child Custody Resources

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Property Division in California

California is a "community property" state. The Court may order arbitration if the parties cannot agree on how to divide property.

Community Property - California Family Code Section 760-761
Separate Property - California Family Code Section 770-772

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California Courts and Community Resources

Lawyers and Divorce
Mediation
CA Courts Self-Help Legal Glossary
California Courts
LawHelpCA.org
California Divorce and Custody - pamphlet from the CA Bar Association
State Bar of California
San Francisco (Main Office)
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-1639
415-538-2000

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