The six month waiting period is also described as the “cooling off“ period for divorce in California. More specifically, this is the time set by California statute before a marriage is formally terminated. Only after this date may the parties legally remarry. Additionally, the courts use this period of time to allow parties to stop the California divorce process and reconcile, should they so choose.
Key Points to Understand About The California Divorce Six Month Waiting Period
While some courts process final judgments within one to two weeks of submission, others may take substantially longer.
For example, if a party filed the divorce petition on April 15th, and served the documents on their partner that same day, the six month waiting period and earliest termination date of the marriage would be October 16th. However, if the party did not serve the documents until May 20th, the earliest termination date of the marriage would be November 21st.
For this reason, if you want to complete the divorce as quickly as possible, be sure to serve your partner right away.
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