Summary Divorce

A summary divorce is just a simple divorce and is only available in some jurisdictions.  It is faster, involves less paperwork, fewer court appearances, less negotiation and often not dispute concerning property issues.  It can be used when spouses meet certain eligibility requirements, or when they agree on key issues beforehand.  Some important factors for determining eligibility include:

  • Short marriage (under 5 years)
  • No children (or, in some states, issues of custody child support must be resolved)
  • Minimal or no real property (no mortgage)
  • Marital property is under a set limit (usually around $35,000 not including vehicles)
  • Each spouse's personal property is under set limit (usually the same as marital property)
  • Both spouses give up the right to spousal support