When a couple decides to split, it is never an easy choice. Oftentimes, the situation is contentious, especially if assets and children are involved. Consulting with an experienced attorney regarding your family situation is a wise choice to protect your rights. If, however, you prefer to initiate divorce proceedings on your own, you can do so. Legal procedures vary in every state. For instance, in California a residency requirement mandates that a person must reside in the state for six months and in the respective county for three months, prior to filing for a divorce.
Get the proper documents to initiate the divorce proceedings in California. The initial document to file for divorce in Sacramento is called a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. Visit the California Courts Self-Help Center for free access to do-it-yourself divorce documents. If you prefer to have your divorce documents professionally prepared for you, visit the website for an on-line legal document preparation service and inquire about purchasing California divorce paperwork.
File the completed Petition for Dissolution of Marriage with the Family Relations Court of Sacramento County in Sacramento. The Family Relations Court Offices are located inside the William R. Ridge Family Relations Courthouse at:
3341 Power Inn Road
Sacramento, California 95826
Pay the filing fee for Petition for Dissolution of Marriage with the Family Relation Court clerk by Visa, check or cash. Visa is the only form of credit card payment the court takes, as of 2010.