First, to take advantage of the California one day divorce program you must have already filed the divorce case and served your spouse. Later on in this article, we will address other criteria in greater detail. The program consists of volunteer attorneys and law students who help eligible parties complete their divorce agreement and then file it with the court. Parties who are successful in completing the documents will see the judge the same day and leave the court with a final divorce judgment.
Below is an overview of the criteria each party must meet to take part in the California one day divorce program. At A People’s Choice, we can help you draft the documents you need to complete your uncontested divorce. Contact us today to get started.
How the One Day Divorce Program in California Works
Most importantly, California’s one day divorce program is for self-represented parties. As mentioned above, the divorce case must already be filed. Furthermore, the parties must complete and exchange their preliminary financial disclosures. In other words, the divorce case must be ready for a final judgment. In this regard, a divorce case is ready for judgment only once all the following conditions are satisfied:
- The Petitioner has served the Respondent with the summons and complaint.
- The Petitioner has filed a Proof of service of summons with the court, or the Respondent has filed a Response.
- Each party filed a recent income and expense declaration with the court.
- Both parties agree on all pending divorce issues such as child custody, child support, the division of property, or spousal support.
The Respondent can only participate in the one day divorce program with the Petitioner.
Income Criteria for One Day Divorce Participants
In addition to meeting the criteria above, depending on the jurisdiction in which the parties reside, both parties must meet income guidelines to be eligible for the one day divorce program. For example, in Sacramento, a household of two must earn less than $2,707 per month to qualify for the program. The program focuses on providing low-income spouses resource for a speedy divorce.
Most courts allow parties to sign up online for this service. New attorneys, supervised by senior attorneys, will help parties in the process. Most Courts hold their one day divorce clinics once a month for parties to attend. Most clinics fill up fast, so if you want to take advantage of this program you should sign up as soon as you meet the requirements.
Contact us for more information on how to sign up for this program. If you do not qualify for the program, A People’s Choice can help you prepare the documents you need to end your marriage in California. We provide affordable divorce and family law legal document preparation services in all California counties. Call us today at 800-747-2780.
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