California Petition for Divorce

In California a Petition for Dissolution is a legal document that when filed with the appropriate superior court initiates a dissolution of marriage proceeding with the court.

The petition must be filed with the superior court in the County where either spouse has resided for at least 90 days. In order to file a petition for divorce in California either spouse must have been a resident of California for at least six months.

A petition for divorce does not end the marriage. In order to finalize and complete a divorce a judge must sign a final divorce decree. Anytime before the judge signs the judgment, a petition for divorce may be withdrawn by the spouse who filed the petition with the court. No judge can sign a final divorce decree until at least 60 days have passed from the time the petition was filed with the court.