California Online Divorce

If you and your spouse agree on the terms of your divorce and want to save time and money, online divorce may be the best option.

Portrait of a serious businesswoman using laptop in officeOnline divorce enables couples to dissolve their marriage without attorneys, while controlling the process to save time, money, and keep post-divorce relationships intact. This method of divorce is cheaper and faster than traditional divorce because couples negotiate the terms of their dissolution without the need for lawyers or a judge to intervene. 

Developed by celebrity attorney Laura A. Wasser, It's Over Easy enables couples to get divorced from the comfort of home using a simple, guided online divorce process.

 

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Is Online Divorce Legitimate?

YES, online divorce is just as effective as traditional divorce.  The main differences are that everything is done via the internet and attorneys and judges are not involved in negotiating the marital settlement.

 

How Long Does Online Divorce Take?

Depending on your location and time needed to provide required information, most online divorces take between 8 - 12 months to complete. 

In some cases the process may take longer, depending on how efficiently spouses are able to work with each other, or if the court requires any modification to the settlement agreement.

 

How Does Online Divorce Work?

Our simple  process gathers information to generate county-specific family law forms and assist couples in negotiating their settlement agreement, otherwise known as “the deal”. 

Our team of divorce coaches are available at every step to assist until your settlement agreement is ready to be submitted.

Step 1: Complete your online divorce interview and provide information about your marriage, community property, income, expenses, child custody and co-parenting, if applicable.

Step 2: Invite your spouse to the account to review information, make adjustments as needed and finalize the deal. Uncontested divorce requires both spouses cooperate in order for the  divorce package to be accepted by a family law judge.

Step 3: After you and your spouse have completed the profile, your forms will be ready to generate, review and sign. Our processing department will coordinate delivering the forms to you and your spouse for approval and signature.

Step 4: Once your forms are signed by both parties, we will deliver them to court using a professional court delivery service.

We guarantee that your forms will be accepted by the county clerk and our processing team will make any necessary adjustments to ensure the forms are conformed. Getting your forms accepted by the county clerk does not issue the divorce decree, but is an important step to finalizing the process. 

Step 5: After the county clerk approves and “conforms” the divorce package, a family law judge reviews your marital agreement in order to issue the final divorce decree. This is the final step in process.

If for some reason the judge requires amendments to the settlement, we will work with you to make modifications and re-submit the package at no additional charge. 

 

How Is It's Over Easy Different From Cheap Online Divorce Services?

When considering online divorce, beware of the $139 - $299 services that provide forms and not much else.  These "form fillers" claim to offer cheap & fast divorce, but do not provide the full scope of services needed to get your divorce finalized.

Online divorce with It’s Over Easy is different in these key ways:


Our forms are accurate and up-to-date

Cheap online divorce services often use outdated forms with incomplete  or incorrect information. These forms will get rejected by the county clerk and delay the divorce proceeding by weeks or even months.

It’s Over Easy divorce forms follow state guidelines to ensure they are generated correctly.


State mandated court fees are included in our pricing

States like California and New York require court filing fees paid directly to the county clerk. These fees range anywhere from $200 - $800 depending on the state. Cheap online divorce companies do not include these fees in their pricing, leaving couples surprised by unexpected charges.

It’s Over Easy’s premium plan includes all required court costs so that couples pay just one flat fee.


We use a professional attorney service to file your forms with the court

Divorce forms need to be filed at the county court in order to be reviewed by the family law judge. Cheap online divorce services either mail forms to court using USPS, or do not deliver them at all. Filing forms in this way results in errors, delays and lost documents.

It’s Over Easy files all forms in person to ensure they are accepted by the county clerk.  This enables us to notify clients within a few hours when their package is successfully conformed by the court.


It's Over Easy handles everything so that you never need to leave your house. Get started with your free trial today. No credit card or long term commitment needed.

 

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It's Over Easy Features & Benefits

Our premium, full-service divorce package includes:

  • California court fees
  • Court filing by personal courier, ensuring your paperwork is properly accepted by the county clerk
  • Negotiation tools to create a marital settlement agreement that works for you and your spouse
  • Spouse Service
  • Co-parenting, custody & calendar scheduling tools
  • Form generating software
  • Support calculators
  • Premium email and phone support
  • Add-On Services such as QDRO Tools for Retirement Accounts and Comprehensive Name Change

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It's Over Easy Online Uncontested Divorce

Services What You Get Cost
AttorneysHigh conflict done-for-you service$15,000 +
It's Over EasyGuided online experience, spousal negotiation tools, premium phone & email support$750 – $2,500
Online CompetitorsDo-it-yourself divorce form filler services~$150
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How Divorce Works In California

California's "no-fault" divorce law does not require spouses to agree on the grounds for dissolution in order to end the marriage. One spouse can file for divorce even if the other person wants to remain married. The person who does not want to divorce cannot refuse to participate in the legal divorce proceedings. The spouse who does want the divorce can choose to find an attorney to represent him or her, or they can file an online divorce.

If your partner attempts to stop the traditional or online divorce, they will be unsuccessful and you can still receive a "default" judgement, which will allow the divorce to successfully be granted by California courts.

However, in order to file for divorce online, both spouses must be in agreement about the decision to divorce and the terms of their marital settlement. These terms include community property, support, coparenting and custody, if applicable.

In California, the person who initiates the divorce is known as the "Petitioner". Their spouse is known as the "Respondent". There is no benefit or advantage in either of these roles - both are viewed as equal in the eyes of the court.

California is a Community Property State

California divorce statutes adhere to marital community property laws. This mandates that couples complete financial disclosures and divide their assets equally in half, regardless of how long they are married, how many children they have, or how much money, income or expenses either person has. Assets are comprised of all property acquired by either person during the course of the marriage, including, but not limited to money, investments, and real estate. In addition, any debt – such as car loans, credit cards, mortgages – that the couple acquires during the marriage is also shared between the two people and defined as “community debt.” The marital settlement agreement outlines the property each spouse will retain after the divorce proceedings.

California's "Cooling Off" Period

In California, the divorce process cannot be finalized in less than 6 months because of the mandatory "cooling off" period. The 6 month period begins the date Petitioner starts the court filing process and serves the petition for divorce forms to the Respondent. Thus, the court will not issue a divorce decree until the end of the 6 month waiting period.

California "No-Fault" Divorce

California is a “no-fault” divorce state, which means that the grounds for filing a divorce has no effect on the divorce proceedings or outcome. "Irreconcilable differences" – or the inability to agree on most things or on important things – is a sufficient reason to file for uncontested divorce in California. Therefore, a judge will not take into account either spouse's behavior or perceived "marital misconduct" during the marriage when reviewing the couple's circumstances and issuing the final divorce decree.

California Residency Requirements

California divorce guidelines requires that at least one person in the marriage has been a resident of the state for a minimum of six (6) months before filing a divorce. In addition, one person has to live in the court filing county for a minimum of three (3) months.  For example, if one spouse has lived in California for seven (7) months, and the county of Los Angeles for four (4) months, they can file for divorce in LA county. 

California Filing Fees

Both spouses are required to pay court filing fees when submitting their legal divorce forms in California. The Petitioner (spouse who starts the divorce) pays a court filing fee of $435 for the divorce petition. The Respondent (spouse responding to the divorce) pays a filing fee of $435 for the response to the petition forms. A couple may also pay additional court fees depending on the filing county. Depending on your financial situation, you or your spouse may be eligible for a filing fee waiver.

California Child Support

In California, children are considered minors until the age of 18 and child support is payable until that age. The California divorce process also uses several guideline factors to calculate the child support amount. These may differ based on the county, but are typically determined by:

  • The number of children,
  • Both spouse’s income,
  • Tax status,
  • The amount of time each parent spends with each child, as outlined in the child visitation and co-parenting plan outlined in the marital settlement agreement.

California Co-Parenting Plans

For couples with kids, one of the most important aspects of your divorce is how your kids will spend time with you and your co-parent. An effective method to negotiate your child's schedule with your spouse is to create a Co-Parenting Plan as part of the marital divorce settlement agreement.  When planning a co-parenting schedule for your children, you and your spouse will need to agree on whether you will share equal physical custody (50/50 split) or another shared percentage (70/30), wherein the kids spend more time with one parent than another.  Visit www.custodyexchange.com for examples of common co-parenting schedules.

California Child Custody

There are two types of child custody: physical and legal. Physical custody details where the child will be on each day of the week, such as school, day care, sports and extracurricular activities. Legal custody outlines how  major decisions will be made that affect the child's welfare, such as decisions on healthcare, education and religion. 

California Alimony & Spousal Support

Alimony – sometimes called spousal support – is the money that one spouse is legally required to pay the other following a divorce. Alimony and child support are two separate payments, and one does not affect the other. California divorce guideline determines alimony and child support independently of each other. However, California courts also take into consideration if one parent  is unable or less able to seek work outside the home because they have primary responsibility of caring for the children. The alimony payments could be increased in this instance, to compensate for one spouse's decreased earning ability.

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California Divorce & Coronavirus

California county courts are currently open and operational subject to health precautions. These precautions include limiting who is allowed in the courtroom, mandatory face coverings, and continuances (postponements) for certain matters. While you can still finalize your divorce in Superior Court, Family Court trials for property, custody, and support disputes are currently delayed. The procedures are subject to change, so visit https://www.courts.ca.gov and the court Covid-19 newsroom for the most up-to-date information. If you opt to work with an online divorce provider like It’s Over Easy, your divorce will likely be unaffected by COVID-19.