There is little doubt that divorce is difficult on everyone involved — from the spouses to the children. However, in California, there doesn’t have to a long, drawn-out divorce process if the couple qualifies for a summary dissolution.

A summary dissolution is not the same as a legal separation. It is the end of the marriage. Some of the requirements needed to file for a summary dissolution include:

— The couple must have been married for fewer than five years.

— The couple must not have any biological children, the wife must not be pregnant and there must not have been any children adopted.

— The soon-to-be ex-spouses must agree that alimony or spousal support will not be awarded.

— The couple must not have more than $6,000 in debt that was acquired during the marriage.

— The couple has to have single property and marital property with values less than $40,000.

— The couple must not own any buildings or land.

— The couple must not lease property other than the residence where they live. They must not have an option to buy the property or a one-year lease in place.

— The exes must agree to a division of debts and property.

— The couple has to have lived in the county where they are filing for at least three months and in the state for at least six months.

A summary dissolution is not right for all couples, as some who wish to divorce will determine that they are not in agreement on property division or the value of property. This is why it is important to consider the advice of a skilled and experienced divorce attorney, even in a summary dissolution.

Source: California Courts, “For Married Couples” Oct. 30, 2014