It’s now easier than ever to handle your divorce on your own. All the necessary paperwork can be downloaded and filled out online. Quick, cheap, and convenient, divorce has never been so straightforward.
Can You Divorce Online In California?
While some states do allow you to file for divorce online, California does not.
You can’t currently complete the entirety of your divorce online in California, not yet anyway. Many states have adopted new technology, but unfortunately, California is not up to date at this time.
That said, you can download the forms online, print them out, and file them in person.
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In California, divorce starts with Form FL-100, also known as the Petition for the Dissolution of Marriage. This document requires all of the important details about you and your spouse. This includes contact information, a list of shared assets and debts, and the length of the marriage.
If you have kids, when you fill out the form, you also layout preferences for custody, visitation, and child support.
You need to make the court aware of the children’s current living situation. At this time, you also petition for spousal support and submit any other requests.
Below are some essential forms that you should familiarize yourself with to start the divorce process:
- FL-100 – This is the form to begin the divorce or legal separation process. You must list all the information related to your marriage, including children, dates, and property.
FL-110 – This form is the Summons, which lets your spouse know that you’ve filed for divorce.
FL-115 – The Proof of Service of Summons, this form tells the court that you have notified your spouse.
- FL-120 – This forms the basis for your soon-to-be ex’s response.
Editor’s Note: This is an updated version of an earlier post and has been revamped for accuracy and comprehensiveness.