How Soon Will I Be Divorced And Can I Shorten The Process?

By John J. Gilligan
February 26, 2015

John J. Gilligan, a family lawyer in Long Beach, answers:

A divorce cannot occur in California prior to six months from the day the court acquires jurisdiction over the respondent. Therefore, if you are the petitioner and file for divorce, the six month period does not begin until you have received the confirmed copy of the petition back from the court and served said petition upon your spouse. A divorce may be finalized six months and a day thereafter.

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.

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