Most couples don't plan on getting divorced. Maybe you had that perfect beach
wedding in California; and on your wedding day, you were both looking forward to
the future full of hope and happiness. Unfortunately, life happens and it
doesn't always have a happy ending. Sadly, about 50% of marriages end in divorce
If you are sitting at a crossroad, and are about to end your marriage, you might
be wondering about getting an online divorce. If you live in California, you
might even be wondering, if you can get divorced online by law.
The answer is yes you can! Online divorce is quick, easy and cheap in California
Here is how you can get a marriage annulment online in the sunshine state.
Look for an awesome online divorce company
When it comes to ending your marriage, you need to look out for the
best online divorce
companies. There are a few out there, so do your research. It would be
important to choose a company that has experience. Don't go with a startup
company. They might not have the experience that you need to help you through
the entire divorce process. You could also go with a company that has excellent
customer service. Many online divorce companies offer fantastic assistance
throughout the entire process. They might even have lawyers that you can ask
advice from online at an extra cost. Another good idea is making sure of exactly
what each online divorce company charges. It is important to find out the exact
fee structure though. You wouldn't want to get a huge bill at the end of your
See if you qualify for an online divorce
Once you have chosen the
company that you will use to help you end your
marriage, you might have to fill out an online questionnaire to see if you
qualify for an online divorce. This is pretty simple. If you and your spouse
agree on how to divide your assets and debts, you don't have children (or you
agree to custody and visitation rights), and you both want the divorce, then you
will be the perfect candidate.
Complete the appropriate papers
If you qualify, you will then need to complete the correct divorce papers. The
company that you have chosen will send you through all the paperwork that you
need. Most companies send paperwork through within 24 hours. This is much faster
than going the traditional route. Once you receive your paperwork, you will then
need to fill out all the documentation correctly. It is important to not leave
anything out because if you do, you might have to start the entire process all
over again. Which will only prolong your annulment.
Another way to obtain divorce papers in California is through the court's online
site. Or at the courthouse. The state does offer advice on how to fill out each
of the forms. If you are unsure, you can call the court and ask them. Some
counties require extra documentation, therefore you will have to check exactly
what your county requires from you. There are also self-help centers in
California, that can help you with any questions that you may have. You might
worry that filling out the paperwork is complicated, but it is quite easy. Some
couples can fill out the correct documentation within as little as 20 minutes.
There are 13 categories that you will need to go through. Each section is about
your married life. For example, some sections might include things about your
children, if you have children, listing your community property, mentioning what
debts and assets you have.
If you will be having an uncontested divorce, the process will be simple. You
won't even need an attorney unless there is something specific that you feel,
you might need to speak to an attorney about. Once all your documentation has
been filled out, and you have attained all the supporting documents that you
need, you can then file for divorce. You can either file for divorce at your
local courthouse in the county in which you reside, or the online company that
you have chosen can file your documents for you. But California law states that
your documents have to be filed at the local court. You will need to serve your
spouse as soon as possible though if they were not present with you when you
filed your papers.
There are a few ways in which you can serve divorce papers to your spouse in
California. You can do so by mail, county sheriff, friend or relative, or by
using a professional server.
If you do choose an online company, they can help you with step by step
instructions on how to file your papers.
Now you wait
Last, you will have to wait for your divorce to be finalized. A judge will
review your paperwork. Once approved, you and your spouse will receive a copy of
your divorce decree.
Is it cheaper to get an online divorce?
Yes, getting an online divorce in California is much cheaper than going the
traditional route. On average the traditional cost of divorce in the sunshine
state is $17,500. If you go the online route, you won't need to hire an
attorney. Therefore your annulment will be cheap. The cost of the average online
divorce is between $100 and $500 for an uncontested divorce. So if you would
really love to save costs during your annulment, opt for an online divorce. It
can be simple, easy, cheap and fast. Which is what you need during a complicated
emotional time. Who needs added financial stress in this day and age?
On the Last thought….
If you are opting for an uncontested divorce, them going the online route is the
best option. There are many great companies to choose from, who are professional
and offer court-approved documents. Not only will you be able to save money, but
the process will be faster. Ending your marriage is a painful, emotional
process, but it doesn't have to be a difficult one. Keep things simple. Don't
fight unnecessarily. Use modern means of annulment.
Soon it will be over.