You and your spouse must (1) have been married for less than 5 years, (2) have no children, (3) not own any part of land or buildings; (4) not rent any land or buildings, except for current residence (with some exceptions); (5) not owe more than $6,000.00 for community debts (which does not include car loans); (6) have less than $40,000.00 in community assets; (7) not have more than $40,000.00 in separate property assets; (8) agree to waive spousal support; and (9) sign an agreement dividing property.
Obviously, Summary Dissolution is limited to a very select group of people. However, if you do qualify, the process is quicker, starting with a Joint Petition. But keep in mind, while process is quick, the orders resulting from Summary Dissolution are few. The only orders available in Summary Dissolution are (1) termination of martial status, (2) orders dividing property and (3) restoration of a former name.
If you are wondering if Summary Dissolution is in your best interest, please contact us.