Summary Dissolution & Your Divorce Legal Record
Summary Dissolution is the “quick and easy” way to get your divorce legal record if you meet specified criteria.
First, a Summary Dissolution requires that you have been married for five years or less at the time of separation. Longer marriages do not qualify.
Second, you may not have children of the relationship. Summary Dissolutions are designed for people who do not have complicated cases, and, as you know, kids complicate everything!
Third, you cannot have any significant assets or debts. People who own homes together typically do not qualify as the property also complicates the dissolution. If you have run up debts during the marriage, you will not qualify because the divorce court has to decide how to divide them.
You can have property in your own name. For instance, if you had a house prior to the marriage and you have not used community assets to make payments on it, you may still qualify for a Summary Dissolution. Similarly, if you have credit card or other debts that you ran up before the marriage, you may still be able to use this route.
One advantage of the Summary Dissolution is that it keeps costs and attorney’s fees low. You must decide all of the legal issues between the two of you which means that the Judge doesn’t have to spend time on your case. Your attorney should also charge less as the paperwork is much simpler than in a traditional dissolution.
If you qualify, getting your divorce legal record through Summary Dissolution is a good way to proceed.
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