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Men's Divorce School

Cordell & Cordell’s Sacramento divorce attorneys and lawyers for dads practice domestic relations exclusively. This focus allows our attorneys to develop a deep understanding of how California family laws will affect men.

A Sacramento divorce attorney will work with you to establish goals for your divorce or child custody case and work with you to meet those goals. We will keep you informed on the activity taking place on your case, as well as keep our attorneys fully accessible to you.

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Frequently Asked Sacramento Divorce Questions

How long do I have to live in Sacramento before I can file for divorce?

You must be a resident of the State of California for at least six months and a resident of the county in which you file for at least three months before filing a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. There is no residency requirement for filing a Petition for Legal Separation.

Is there a mandatory waiting period in Sacramento before a divorce can be granted?

There is a six-month waiting period in California before the divorce can become final.

How can I serve my spouse in Sacramento? If attempts to serve do not work, can I serve by publication?

You can publish a serve in the local paper. After a certain number of serves a document can be filed with the court to show the attempts that have been made. The court may hear the matter, and you could also attempt to file for a default judgment.

What are the specific forms I will need to file for a divorce in Sacramento?

The forms needed are Petition for Dissolution, Summons, and Proof of Service. A UCCJEA Declaration also needs to be filed when there are minor children involved.

Where do I file for divorce in California?

In the county and Superior Court where you reside. You can also file in the county where the opposing party resides assuming she has been living there at least three months.

How much are filing fees for a California divorce?

The first appearance fee is $435.

Are there any Sacramento-Specific laws that are different from how other family law cases around the state are handled?

No. The only difference would be that there are often local forms regarding child custody and ex parte motions. Consult a local men’s divorce attorney for information regarding those forms.