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Divorce 101. A series of occasional blogs about divorcing in California. Part 3. The first step: the petition

When filing for divorce in Los Angles or anywhere throughout Southern California a divorce starts with a divorce petition. The petition is filed by one spouse (the petitioner) and served on the other spouse (the respondent). The petition is filed in the Superior Court of the county (ex. Los Angeles County) where one of the spouses resides. It does not matter where the marriage occurred. As a matter of fact we often divorce people who married abroad, and then moved to the United States.
The petition is the opening step of the divorce process. A Petition for Divorce is a series of standard forms, and is not meant to include more than the basic information about the marriage: name and addresses of the spouses, name, date of birth and place of residence in the last five years of the minor children of the marriage, and a brief list of the assets, whether separate or community, that the petitioner wishes to include in the petition. It also allows the petitioner to offer or ask for spousal support, without at this stage going into details about the amounts and the length of the commitments.
To give you an idea of the kind of information that needs to be provided in a petition for divorce, here is the link to The Document People’s own questionnaires as well as information on our services for filing a petition for divorce in Los Angeles.
The Document People is a network of legal document assistants with a common purpose: helping customers with uncontested divorces. We are looking forward to offering you divorce assistance in our offices of We the People Woodland Hills, We the People Santa Monica, The Document People San Fernando, Torrance, Anaheim and Oceanside.
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