Process & Timeframes To Know During California Divorce

Process & Timeframes To Know During California Divorce

Hi Tim Blankenship here with And this video and podcast I wanted to discuss the time frames that you can look forward too as far as going through a divorce in California.

Okay so step one you file for divorce. That’s the initial paperwork, won’t get into exactly what those are there’s another video for that. You file your divorce case, once the case is filed. The other party needs to be served.

For service, you can either hire a process server, or what we do in many cases or most of the time I should say is we have the other party sign what’s called a notice of acknowledgment of receipt. This will serve in lieu of the person being served by process server and can be used to file with the court to indicate that they have received a copy.

From the date that person the other party is served either by process server or by signed and dated that notice of acknowledgment that’s what starts the clock on the whole 6 month cooling off period in California. So, a couple things with the dates.

The date that that notice of acknowledgment is signed starts the clock on that 6 months so what that means, as soon as your divorce can be finalized is 6 months and a day after that date of service. Keep in mind you can submit your paperwork to the court, a lot of people are confused. You don’t have to wait 6 months to turn in your agreement.

You can turn them in as soon as 30 days from the date of service. So, if you are in agreement with your spouse, you file the case, they’re served, that starts the clock on the 6 months and it also starts the clock on when you can turn in your judgment, 30 days after date of service. So, 30 days after date of service we can turn in all your paperwork, 6 months is when your divorce will be finalized.

And that doesn’t matter even if you turn in your paperwork 30 day after service you may get your paperwork back from the court in a few months as far as there processing your final paperwork. But the 6 month date will appear on your final paperwork when you get it in the mail.

Keep in mind that they 6 months is just the soonest your divorce can be finalized. And the court will process your divorce faster if they get to it with right now their time frame for judgment processing is 3 to 4 months. They’re extremely backed logged.

So, hope that helps as far as time frames when it comes from going through the divorce process. My name is Tim Blankenship with If you have any questions please feel free to call me 661-281-0266 or go to for more information.