How to Do Your Own Divorce in California: Everything You Need for an Uncontested Divorce

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Newly updated, How to Do Your Own Divorce in California covers everything a Californian needs to know about filing for divorce. Part one details how property can be divided and how to settle issues of custody, visitation and child support. Part two explains the court process step by step. Blank tear-out copies of all the court forms needed for an uncontested dissolution are included, along with a CD-ROM containing many resources including forms, worksheets, and a trial version ...
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Newly updated, How to Do Your Own Divorce in California covers everything a Californian needs to know about filing for divorce. Part one details how property can be divided and how to settle issues of custody, visitation and child support. Part two explains the court process step by step. Blank tear-out copies of all the court forms needed for an uncontested dissolution are included, along with a CD-ROM containing many resources including forms, worksheets, and a trial version of CalSupport software.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780944508619
  • Publisher: Nolo Press Occidental
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Series: How to Do Your Own Divorce in California Series
  • Edition description: 30th Edition
  • Edition number: 30
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.42 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents


All About Divorce
Doing Your Own Divorce     11
Can you do your own divorce? Should you?
What "do your own divorce" means
What it means to "retain" an attorney-and a better idea
Advantages to doing your own divorce
How to start a divorce-Petitioners and Respondents
Three ways to get it done
Solving divorce problems
When you should get some help
Who can help? How much will it cost?
Looking ahead
Basic Information About Divorce     21
Dissolution, nullity, and legal separation
Regular vs. Summary Dissolution
Grounds for dissolution
Residency requirements
Serving papers-giving notice to your spouse
Jurisdiction and the power of the court to act
Automatic restraining orders
Mandatory disclosure of all marital information
When is it over? How final is your judgment?
Taxes
Attorney fees
Common questions and answers
Dividing Property and Debts     29
Income, debts and your date of separation
Management of property and the duty spouses owe each other
Duty to disclose all information
Cases where there is no community property
Cases where there is some property
Understanding your estate
Taxes
Wills, insurance beneficiaries, and nonprobate transfers
Children: Custody and Visitation     41
Child Support and Spousal Support     49
Settlement Agreements (and why you should have one in almost every case)     59
How to do your own Regular Dissolution
Doing your own forms     71
Check list     79
The Summons     81
The Petition     83
The Response     91
How to serve papers     97
Proof of service     103
Declarations of Disclosure     109
The Property Declaration     117
The Income and Expense Declaration     121
The Request to Enter Default     127
How to fill out the Judgment     129
Wage and earnings assignment     147
How to get your Judgment     151
The Notice of Entry of Judgment     165
Summary Procedures
The Summary Dissolution     169
Termination of Domestic Partnership     171
Blank Forms     175
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