The A to Z of Riverside County Divorce Procedures

Divorce Settlement Agreement The A to Z of Riverside County Divorce Procedures

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Filing for divorce in California is perceived as being expensive and painful.

The process in Riverside County can be cheap and hassle-free if you and your spouse are prepared to work together towards a friendly divorce.

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Divorce Riverside County-Style Explained

Riverside County adheres to California divorce legislation, so it is a no-fault jurisdiction.

You don’t have to prove that it's your spouse's fault—you can just claim irreconcilable differences.

The only prerequisites you have to fulfill are that:

  • You or your spouse have lived in California for at least six months
  • Either of you has been a Riverside County resident for three months
  • You wait a mandatory six months between filing for divorce and your final judgment being granted

You do not need to be legally separated to file for divorce in Riverside County. When you file your papers, the court will decide whether your divorce is classified:

There is also no legal requirement in Riverside County for you to use a lawyer to file for divorce.

What Is the Divorce Process in Riverside County?

The steps to getting your divorce granted in Riverside County are:

  1. Filing divorce papers
  2. Serving the papers on your spouse
  3. Reaching a settlement agreement

Filing Divorce Papers

Your first step is to collect, fill out and file the correct divorce papers from the Riverside Superior Court.

The papers you will need to file include:

Required DocumentsExplanation
PetitionThe petition for dissolution is the formal request to the court to grant you a divorce
Schedule of assets and debtsYou should fill this form out with a complete breakdown of your joint and individual assets and liabilities
Income and expense declarationAll sources of income and all your joint and individual expenses need to be declared on this form
Declaration of disclosureThis declaration is an affidavit stating that your declarations are true and complete
Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) declarationIf you and your spouse have minor children, you must fill out a declaration under the UCCJEA to make the court aware of their existence
SummonsThe summons informs your spouse of the divorce proceedings
Proof of servitudeThe proof of servitude confirms that your spouse has received the summons and the divorce papers
ResponseYour spouse should file an answer to your divorce petition signifying whether the divorce will be contested or uncontested

Once you have downloaded the Riverside County divorce papers, filled them out, and filed them, you will need to pay the filing fee of $435.

Serving the Papers on your Spouse

Your next step is to serve your spouse with the divorce papers by having them delivered by a deputy sheriff or professional process server.

Your spouse will have to sign a form confirming that the papers have been received.

Within the following 30 days, your spouse can file an answer to the summons, which can indicate:

  • Acceptance of the terms of the settlement if you have already agreed on them
  • Intention to contest the settlement

Reaching a Settlement Agreement

A settlement agreement is a legal document that states how your marital responsibilities should be divided after your divorce, including provisions for:

If you can reach a settlement agreement with your spouse before you file for divorce, your case will be seen as uncontested, meaning you can:

If there is no signed agreement in place when you file, you can still avoid court proceedings by negotiating an out-of-court settlement before your case comes before a judge. If you can lodge the agreement before your first hearing, your divorce will be re-designated as uncontested.

How Can You Negotiate a Settlement Agreement?

Negotiating your settlement agreement with your spouse is where your divorce can become expensive.

Your options to work out the terms of your settlement are:

Settlement Negotiation OptionsExplanation
LawyerAlthough this is the traditional route, using attorneys to hammer out a settlement can quickly become expensive.

California lawyers charge up to $400 per hour, and the negotiation process alone can easily run to thousands of dollars per party. What you gain in negotiating muscle may be outweighed by the cost

MediationA trained mediator can help you and your spouse constructively negotiate face-to-face at a fraction of the cost of attorneys
DIYIf you and your spouse agree on the terms of your settlement, there should be no need to use expensive third parties to negotiate for you. This represents the simplest and most cost-effective route

Where Can You Get Your Agreement Drafted?

If all the points of your settlement are agreed upon, you need to have it drawn up in legal terminology.

This can be done using:

  • A lawyer—While you are guaranteed to get a comprehensive and legally binding document, this will come at a cost of several hours of attorney’s fees
  • An online provider—Many websites offer online templates for you to fill out, but you should be careful that the template you get isn’t too generic

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Once we have all your details, we will create your agreement in an instant. You and your spouse can sign it and have it notarized.

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Specific County Laws and Procedures in California

If you are looking for info on other counties in California, here are some examples of the help we can offer:

Alameda CountyContra Costa CountySonoma County
Santa Clara CountyFresno CountySan Bernardino County
Kern CountySan Mateo CountySan Joaquin County
Stanislaus CountyVentura CountySan Diego County

We can also help you with the specific legislation around military divorce in California if you are based there.

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