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Qualifying for a Summary Marriage Dissolution in California

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Attorney Arlene Kock has spent the last 35 years leading a full-service family law firm based in San Ramon, California. While Arlene Kock and her legal team are able to handle common family law matters such as divorce hearings and child support issues, they are also well-versed in newer areas of the law, including same-sex marriage dissolutions.

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Qualifying for a Summary Marriage Dissolution in California

  1. 1. Arlene Kock, Attorney
  2. 2.  Attorney Arlene Kock has spent the last 35 years leading a full- service family law firm based in San Ramon, California. While Arlene Kock and her legal team are able to handle common family law matters such as divorce hearings and child support issues, they are also well-versed in newer areas of the law, including same-sex marriage dissolutions. California law allows members of a same-sex marriage to end the union and legal domestic partnership in a single, easy-to-understand action. Known as a summary dissolution, this action represents the simplest form of a divorce. There are several requirements both partners must meet in order for the marriage to be eligible for a summary dissolution. The marriage cannot be more than five years. This date is measured from the date of marriage to the date of separation.
  3. 3.  Neither spouse can have any interest in real estate. Neither spouse can have debts that are more than $5000.00 This does not include debts for automobiles that are not counted toward the $5000.00 The total net fair market value of all the assets that are community property, once again not including cars, must be less than $33,000.00 and neither spouse can have separate property assets, not including automobiles, with a net value of more than $33,000.00 Net value of course refers to the total value minus the debt or encumbrances owed. For example, if your car is worth $20,000.00 but you owe $15,000.00 on it, the net value is $5,000.00 Most importantly, neither spouse can seek alimony against the other spouse. Both spouses have to forever waive any right to receive alimony.

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