Residency Requirements For Dissolution Of Marriage

Generally, a marriage may not be dissolved unless one of the spouses has been a resident of California for six months and of the county where the proceeding is to be filed for three months immediately preceding the filing of a petition. This rule applies only to marriage dissolutions and not to nullity or legal separation actions. “Resident,” for these purposes, means “domicile,” meaning at least one of the spouses must have had actual residence in the state and an intent to remain indefinitely for the periods just mentioned. 

This post is for informational purposes (see disclaimers). Credit is due to Rutter’s California Practice Guide- Family Law.

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