Is it possible to get a cheap divorce online in California? Yes! It is absolutely 100% possible. NetDivorce has been helping California divorce consumers get cheap divorces since June 1, 1981.
For the first 20 years of our existence, NetDivorce was California Legal Assistance Centers with offices in Riverside and Sacramento. In 1999, when we began to think about moving online, our fee to handle an uncontested California divorce by snail mail was $250. That was cheap divorce in those days!
Now, we are online only. Same people, just online, and we have a flat fee of $129 with no ups or extras. $129 is now cheap divorce online in California.
Here’s what our flat $129 fee covers:
- Preparation of all your state and local county divorce papers ready to be signed and filed at your local court;
- Detailed written customized directions telling you how to file. It’s easy!! Don’t pay anyone to file your case at court;
- Your custom Marital Settlement Agreement, the most important doc in your case;
- Your Request to Waive Court Costs, if needed;
- Unlimited client support from our 2 senior caseworkers, Ed (31+ years in California divorce) and Peter (35+ years) Monday-Friday 7 AM – 7 PM.
But what are the requirements to get a cheap divorce online through NetDivorce? There’s only one requirement! Your case must be uncontested. That means that your spouse/partner will not file a Response at court to contest the case. That’s it. There’s nothing else. There are no other requirements to get a cheap divorce online in California.
Your spouse/partner doesn’t have to be cooperative. S/he doesn’t have to communicate with you. Heck, s/he doesn’t even have to smile. You don’t even need to be in the same room as your spouse/partner. As long as s/he doesn"t contest the case.
Now, let’s keep it real. If your spouse/partner is cooperative, speaks to you and is smiling, then that makes your case much easier and you are much more likely to get everything you request from the court – because the judge will see in the Marital Settlement Agreement that you and your spouse/partner are in agreement. But the point remains that you can get a cheap divorce online in California for $129 if your spouse does not contest the case.
What happens if your spouse doesn’t fight the case but isn’t cooperative. We proceed without the protection of the Marital Settlement Agreement, and the judge looks much more closely at your requests before signing your divorce judgment. Will you still get your divorce judgment? Yes, but it may not contain every request that you made. The judge has the power to make changes to your requests and is more likely to do so when s/he sees that there is no Marital Settlement Agreement. What that will mean in your specific case depends on what you have requested and the facts of your case.
So, if your spouse/partner is a jerk, but doesn’t contest the case, you may not get everything you want, but you will certainly get a cheap divorce online in California.