2. How long does it take to obtain a divorce in California?

It depends. The Court will not terminate your marriage for at least six months after the responding party is properly served with the petition or acknowledges receipt of the petition for dissolution. In some cases, it is possible to obtain a judgment on all issues in less than six months, and to have the marriage terminate without returning back to court once the six month requirement has been met. In other cases, it may take longer than six months depending on the complexity of the issues in the case and the level of cooperation between the parties.

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