Should I file a joint petition for summy dissolution or a regular Petition for Dissolution? 3 Answers as of July 04, 2013

I live in CA, not sure exactly what the difference is. We have been married for 5 years, own the house together and have a joint bank account. Thank you!

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Law Office of Patricia Van Haren
Law Office of Patricia Van Haren | Patricia Van Haren
If you own a house together, you may not file a Joint Petition for Summary Dissolution. You must file a regular Petition for Dissolution.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/12/2011
Michael Apicella
Michael Apicella | Apicella Law and Mediation
If you own read property, and have been married for more than 5 years (as you stated in your question) then you don't qualify for summary dissolution. Given the facts you stated in your question, you need to file the standard Petition for Marriage Dissolution and related papers with the court to open your divorce case.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/11/2011
Law Offices of Arlene D. Kock
Law Offices of Arlene D. Kock | Arlene D. Kock
The appropriate pleading would be a petition for divorce.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/4/2013
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