In California, it is possible to conduct a do-it-yourself divorce, but if you have substantial assets, complex assets, like a business or rental property, or if you have children, there could be pitfalls. In these cases, a consultation or representation from a good divorce attorney can be beneficial.


First, the basics:

  • To get a divorce in California you must have lived in California for at least 6 months.
  • To get a divorce in Contra Costa County, you have been a resident for at least 3 months.
  • Starting a divorce begins with filing a petition that involves completing two forms.
See the Divorce Checklist

Understanding the law is your next best move.