Divorce Residency Requirement
Divorce Residency Requirements in California
If you live in the state of California, you may assume that you are automatically eligible to file for divorce in this state. This, however, may not be the case for some residents. The general standard for most divorces in California is that you or your spouse must reside in California for at least six months, and a resident of the county for at least three months to establish residency before the date of filing for divorce.
How Do I Prove Residency in California?
To prove residency in the state of California, your driver’s license or state identification card with your current address is often sufficient evidence of residency. An affidavit signed by a third party testifying that the petitioner lived in California for six months and the county for three months also is acceptable. You can also provide a current California voter registration, tax returns (with current California address), pay stubs or letter from your employer verifying your address and employment, bank account information with a California bank, utility bill, car registration or insurance, property tax bill, or California public library membership as long as you have a verified letter from the library on letterhead and signed. You can also show any valid professional union membership for a local California union, military papers, or if you receive California state aid.
If you contact the Law Offices of Jim Canaday for legal advice, you can be confident knowing that you won’t be missing out on crucial aspects of representation that you need in order to obtain a favorable outcome to your California divorce. We want you to be able to resolve your divorce without going to court, and will do whatever it takes to make that happen.