Countless people ask our lawyers about residency requirements while living in California and attempting to get a divorce. This is an extremely important determining factor in where your divorce must be filed.

The typical statutory residency requirement is six months residency in the state of California and three months residency in the county where the dissolution of marriage petition will be filed.

County residence applies to the physical living location. In other words, living in another county with the intention of moving back to the county in which the divorce might be filed is not adequate.

If the respondent does not challenge jurisdiction, it may be waived. The typical challenge time on a jurisdictional issue is within the 30 day response time on a dissolution of marriage.

When facing a jurisdiction matter or family law matter, call the family lawyer people want in their court.