Frequently Asked Questions - Family Laws

Do I have to get married in California to file a divorce in California

You can file a divorce in California even if you were married outside California or even outside USA. To file a divorce in California you or your spouse must have lived in:

  • California for the last 6 months, and
  • Any of the California county for the last 3 months

What if my Spouse is not In California or never been to California ?

It does not matter. As long as you are able to full the California residency requirement you can get the divorce in California.

Wait…. I am Muslim and I have divorce papers from the mosque here in California. Do I still need to go to court ?

Yes, you do. The religious divorce is not valid for the legal purposes. It may be good for the religious purposes. You need a order form the Court to have the valid divorce.

Hmm, my spouse does not live in USA – Now What ?

It is still the same. If  you have lived in California for the last 6 months, and any of the California county for the last 3 months, it does not matter where your spouse lives.

We can help you with your divorce even if your spouse lives in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Fiji, Sri Lanka, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan or in any other country.

There are additional requirements for these cases. Please contact Law Office of Gopal Krishan / Allied Legal to get the confidential consultation.

I don’t even know the location of my spouse, what can be done now.

If  you have lived in California for the last 6 months, and any of the California county for the last 3 months you can file the divorce in California.

However, if you tried your best but could not locate the spouse and have no idea about the location of your spouse, you can get the order form the court for publication/posting the summons to serve your papers.