Summary Dissolution

Our Southern California Lawyers Can Help You Properly Present and File your Summary Dissolution Petition

California has a quick, easy way to get divorced or end a registered domestic partnership: Summary Dissolution.

In the Summary Dissolution process, the parties do not have to talk to a judge and typically they will not need to hire attorneys to represent their interests.  However, it is always in your best interest to see a lawyer about ending your marriage and not everyone can get a Summary Dissolution.  In fact, most people have to get a regular divorce.  It is also important to remember that Summary Dissolution is NOT a legal separation, it is a Divorce!

At MNB Law Group, Inc., we understand the Summary Dissolution process can be complex and confusing, but we also know that having at attorney do all of the work for you might be too expensive.  For that reason, we offer Summary Dissolution Advisory Services.

Married less than 5 years?     No Kids?    No Assets or Debts?    Nobody wants Spousal Support?
Summary Dissolution may be available!  Schedule a consultation 
or  call (818) 344-9200.


First, if you have not done so already, we help you determine if you qualify for Summary Dissolution in California.  To qualify, you will need to:

  • Have been married or registered domestic partners for less than 5 years (Date of Marriage to the Date of Separation)
  • Have no children together born or adopted before or during the marriage (and the parties are not now expecting a new child with each other);
  • Do not own any part of land or buildings (No real property ownership);
  • Do not rent any land or buildings (except where you live now, as long as you do not have a one-year lease or an option-to-buy);
  • Do not owe more than $6,000 for debts acquired since the date you got married (meaning "community obligations");
    • Do not count car loans.
  • Have less than $41,000 worth of property acquired during the marriage (meaning "community property");
    • Do not count your cars.
  • Do not have separate property worth more than $41,000;
    • Do not count your cars.
  • Agree that neither will ever get spousal or partner support;
  • Have signed an agreement that divides your property (including your cars) and debts and have exchanged financial disclosure; and
  • Either you or your spouse must have lived in California for the last 6 months and in the county where you file for summary dissolution for the last 3 months. If you do not meet the residency requirement, you can still file for a legal separation but you have to go through the regular legal separation process, or wait until you meet the residency requirements for a divorce.
    • However, same-sex married couples who got married in California but do not live in California and live in a state (or states) that will not dissolve a same-sex marriage, can file to end their same-sex marriage in California, regardless of these residency requirements. You must file in whichever county you were married. If this is your situation, you are recommended to talk to a lawyer with experience in same-sex marriage laws, like the attorneys at MNB Law Group, Inc.

The Summary Dissolution process also includes specific requirements for financial disclosures and for the agreement that divides the property and debts and for waivers of spousal support.

Want a Quick and Fast Summary Dissolution? Get it done right the first time!
Schedule a free consultation online or call (818) 344-9200.


If your marriage or registered domestic partnership qualifies for Summary Dissolution, we will send you the paperwork, review your paperwork once it is (or if it is already) filled out, let you know what changes should be made, and explain what you need to do to properly complete the next steps in the process.  We can also help you complete or review the financial disclosures and the agreement you and your spouse or partner have reached regarding division of assets and debts and the waiver of spousal support.

MNB's experienced family law attorneys will make sure that if you are eligible for Summary Dissolution, that the court should not have any reason to reject your request and delay the dissolution of your marriage.  These delays usually occur because non-lawyers do not realize that the proper boxes are not checked, the spousal support waiver language is deficient, or the agreement fails to inform the court that the agreement reached divides all of the property of the parties completely.

MNB offers affordable, reasonable advisory services to help you through the Summary Dissolution process so that you and your former spouse or domestic partner can start living your new lives quicker and do not have to worry about the stresses of the traditional court dissolution process.

Contact Us

Contact MNB Law Group today to discuss your Summary Dissolution needs and their solutions.  We are available online or by calling 818-344-9200.  We represent clients throughout Los Angeles County, including the areas of Woodland Hills, Sherman Oaks, Encino, Los Angeles, Tarzana, Studio City, Calabasas, Canoga Park, Northridge, Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, Winnetka, Ventura County, Granada Hills, Lake Balboa, Burbank, Valley Village, North Hollywood, Van Nuys, Universal City, Toluca Lake, and Chatsworth and in Ventura, Orange County, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and throughout California.