Can a divorce be obtained without going to court in California?


Yes, it is possible to obtain a divorce without going to court in California if both parties reach an agreement on all issues, such as property division, child custody, and support. The terms of the agreement must then be included in a Judgment of Dissolution and signed by both parties (and counsel) and filed and entered by the Court (along with other supporting Court forms). Be advised that the Court will not enter the Judgment until both parties exchange their Preliminary Declaration of Disclosure (“PDD”) and file the Declaration Regarding Service of Preliminary Declaration of Disclosure and submit
their Waiver of Final Declaration of Disclosure, if agreed.

Always consult your lawyer
regarding the Judgment process or the Court facilitator if you are in pro per.

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