Residency is one of the essential requisites for a court to have jurisdiction over a case for the dissolution of marriage, and exceptions may probably be given but only under very extraordinary circumstances. The reason for this is that generally, a judgment for the dissolution of marriage entered by a state that is not the “domicile” of either party is considered VOID.

Domicile, in the State of California, means the forum state residence for at least six months preceding filing of the petition, at least one of the spouses must have satisfied the dual standards of actual residence in the state and an intent to remain indefinitely [California Family Code 2320 (a)]. Some states may also require that either party be domiciled in those states, while others may only require a minimum period of residency.

Summary dissolutions, although more expeditious than the conventional divorce process may still take up to five years to be finalized. It is best to consult with an experienced divorce lawyer to know more about summary divorce proceedings and requirements, and to be properly advised in order to make sure that the process goes smoothly and without unnecessary problems.