John J. Gilligan, a family lawyer in Long Beach, answers:
If you have lived in the state of California for six continuous months and in any particular county for three continuous months, you may file for divorce in the county where you reside. If you don’t meet these residency requirements, you must first file for legal separation and may then convert it to a divorce once you do meet the residency requirements. It doesn’t matter where you were married.
John Gilligan is a founding partner at the family law firm offices of Brandmeyer Gilligan Dockstader & Davidson, LLP in Long Beach, CA. John has over 30 years of experience handling family law, probate litigation and estate planning matters. He can be reached directly at 562-431-2000 or thru email. View their firm online profile here.