Step by Step Guide to Community Public Services

What to expect when you use Community Public Services online divorce services:

  1. Complete our agreement and simple information sheet. You will need names, addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, date of marriage, date of separation and a valid credit card.
  2. We will prepare your initial set of documents within 24 (business) hours and e-mail them to you for printing and signature. Along with the documents will be specific instructions regarding where to sign and what to do. You will be asked to return the documents by mail and enclose a check at that time payable to clerk of the court for the filing fee. This fee is usually $350 depending on your county of residence.
  3. Upon receipt of your signed documents, we file them with the court and request conformed copies. This generally takes from two days to two weeks depending on where the court is located and how quickly they process the paperwork.
  4. We then serve your spouse by mail -- it is very low key -- no marshals or sheriffs are involved. Your spouse is asked to sign an acknowledgment of receipt of service. The date this form is signed is the date the six-month clock starts ticking for the divorce to be finalized. We are required to provide a blank response form to your spouse in the event they wish to file, making the case a contested one. If that occurs, we can help you mediate an agreement either in person, by phone or via e-mail. If your spouse refuses to sign the acknowledgement, you will need to engage a process server or have someone other than yourself hand them the papers and sign a form stating they did so. We can make arrangements for process service if you desire. You would be responsible for the additional costs of the process server.
  5. You and your spouse are both required by California law to disclose your assets and liabilities, income and expenses to each other twice during the process. The preliminary disclosures must be done within sixty days of filing the petition. Your final disclosures must be completed prior to signing your marital settlement agreement. You will be asked to sign, under penalty of perjury, that you have disclosed complete financial information to each other including income and expenses, assets and liabilities. You will be asked for the date you did that and the method of service used: personal, mail, other.
  6. Depending on your particular case, we will send you one or two more information sheets -- one requesting information about your children, the other requesting information about your property distribution. This information serves as the basis for your marital settlement agreement. If you do not have a marital settlement agreement (the Silver Package), we will skip this step.
  7. It takes us a few weeks to prepare your final documents, less if there is no marital settlement agreement. This doesn't delay the six-month period since we've already established that.
  8. You and your spouse will be asked to sign the final documents and notarize the Marital Settlement Agreement.
  9. We will file the final documents with the court. The court takes anywhere from four to twelve weeks, maybe even longer to sign off on the papers. That's one reason to complete the documents promptly and return for filing.
  10. When your divorce is final, we will mail you a copy of your final judgment. If you need a certified copy of your judgment, you can get one directly from the court or we can get it for you for an additional fee of $75 with no MSA; $100 with an MSA. You will need a certified copy of your judgment if you are changing your name.
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Community Public Services
1063 Granjas Road
San Diego, CA 91911-1822
(619) 430-2677
Fax: 619-816-1452

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Privacy Statement: Community Public Services

Your privacy rights and confidentiality are of absolute necessity

Divorce Wizards respects your right to privacy. Confidentiality is of our utmost concern. We recognize your right to know what personally identifiable information of yours is collected and how that information is used. Be assured that our overall policy is to respect and protect the privacy of our clients.

Having said this, understand that we are not "bound" by confidentiality. In other words, we do not have the type of confidentiality privilege that you can establish with an attorney. In addition, all divorce documents are public record and available to anyone who requests to see the file. We have no control over this.

We urge you to trust only professionals who abide by the rules of confidential relationships when discussing your divorce strategy. Please proceed with caution and discretion, keeping copies of all necessary documents in a safe, accessible place. Any documents mailed to you do not show the Divorce Wizards name on the envelope. We will use your residence, office or other address if you advise us to do so.

While we protect your privacy from the outside world, we make it our general practice to speak openly with your spouse should any questions arise. It is our experience that open communication often saves the case from proceeding to protracted litigation. We ask in our forms if it is okay to call your spouse. If you respond with a "yes", we assume you want us to help in every way we can.

This Privacy Policy is the definitive statement of Community Public Services on the topic of privacy. Community Public Services reserves the right to revise, modify, supplement or amend this policy at any time. Please review this policy periodically to be sure that you are aware of the current version. We hope our policy provides you with the peace of mind you need. Should you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

Mediation Quiz

Please answer all questions



1. Do you want to leave your marriage with dignity?

2. Do you and your spouse want to be in charge of the outcome of your divorce?

3. Do you want to minimize stress?

4. Do you want to save money?

5. Are you and your spouse in agreement as to how to split the property and how to manage the children?

6. Has your spouse initiated filing with an attorney?

7. Are you and your spouse really angry?

8. Do you need assistance communicating with your spouse?

9. During the course of your marriage, did your spouse make and handle the financial decisions?

10. Are you concerned about having a level playing field in the divorce proceedings?

11. Do you believe your spouse has lied and cheated consistently during your marriage?

12. Do you want revenge more than anything else?

13. Are you a victim of domestic violence or abuse?

14. Do you want someone else to decide?

15. Is this whole thing just too scary for you to handle?

Disclaimer: This quiz is guided by California Law. Take into consideration that the laws may be different in your state or country and may require a different course of action. Be sure to be educated about the laws in your state before making any decisions as to how to proceed with your divorce.

Glossary of Divorce Terms

Alimony: Called Spousal Support in CA.
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR): Methods of resolving legal disputes without going to trial, in a less adversarial manner, such as through mediation.

Annulment: "Nullity of Marriage": A legal action that says your marriage was never legally valid because of unsound mind, incest, bigamy, being too young to consent, fraud, force, or physical incapacity.

Arrearage: The amount of money that is past due for child or spousal support.

CA Resident: Someone who has lived in CA for six months or more.

Child Support: Money that one parent pays to the other parent for their children's support.

Child Support Guidelines: Guidelines established by the State that set forth the manner in which child support must be calculated: In CA, main factors are the income of both parents and the amount of time each spends with the children.

Community Debts: Community obligations are the debts that a husband and wife or registered domestic partners OWE TOGETHER.

Community Property: Community property is everything that a husband and wife or registered domestic partners OWN TOGETHER. In most cases that includes:
(1) Money or benefits like pensions and stock options that you now have which either of you earned during the time you were living together as husband and wife or as registered domestic partners; and (2) Anything either of you bought with money earned during that period.

Court Order: A legal decision made by a court that commands or directs that something be done or not done.

Custody: Having rights to your child: There are two types of custody -- legal, which means that you have the right to make important decisions about your child's health, education and welfare, or physical, which means that the child lives with and is raised by you.

Default: One way to complete a divorce case which means the Respondent does not "answer" the petition and pay a filing fee to the Court.

Discovery: The information-exchanging process of a legal proceeding, including documents regarding the finances of both parties.

Dissolution: Another word for divorce, which is the legal termination of a marriage.

Divorce: The legal termination of a marriage relationship.

Domestic Violence: Physical abuse or threats of abuse occurring between members of the same household.

Joint Legal Custody: The sharing, by both parents, of the right to make important decisions about a child's health, education and welfare.

Joint Physical Custody: The sharing, by both parents, of the actual physical care and custody of a child.

Legal Custody: The right to make important decisions about the raising of your child, on issues such as health care, education, and welfare.

Legal Separation: You and your spouse or domestic partner can end your relationship but still remain legally married or partnered, and get court orders on parenting and money issues, with a judgment of legal separation.

Marital Settlement Agreement: In a dissolution of marriage, legal separation, or annulment, a stipulated judgment will often include a marital settlement agreement (MSA). A marital settlement agreement is a written contract between you and your spouse that contains detailed legal wording about how the issues in your case will be handled. It is usually used when there are complicated issues of property, debt, support, or custody that need to be set out in the judgment.

Mediation: A form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) for resolving legal disputes without going to trial, by the use of a trained and impartial third party who attempts to bring the parties together in mutual agreement.

Non-Custodial Parent: The parent who does not have physical custody of the children.

Paternity: Legal determination of fatherhood. Paternity must be determined before a court can order child support or medical support.

Petitioner: The person who initiates the divorce.
Physical Custody: The day-to-day rights and responsibilities associated with having your child in your home and being responsible for his or her care and upbringing.

Prenuptial Agreement: An agreement entered into before marriage that sets forth each party's rights and responsibilities should the marriage terminate by death or divorce : Also called a premarital agreement.

Process Server: A person that serves court papers on a party to a lawsuit

Proof Of Service: The form filed with the court that proves that court papers were formally served on (delivered to) a party in a court action on a certain date.

Pro-Per: A short form of "in propria persona." Refers to persons that represent themselves in court without lawyers.

Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO): Pronounced "kwah-dro," an order issued by the court to divide retirement benefits.

Respondent: The person who answers a petition in a divorce.

Separate Property: Generally, property owned by either spouse prior to marriage or acquired by them individually, such as by gift or inheritance, during the marriage.

Separation Date: The date of separation for divorces or registered domestic partnerships is when one spouse (or both) or one partner (or both) decides that the marriage or partnership is over and takes some actions to show this (like moving out of the house).

Show Cause: A court order telling a person to appear in court and present any evidence why the orders requested by the other side should not be granted or executed.

Spousal Support: Financial payments made to help support a spouse or former spouse during separation or following divorce: Also called alimony.

Stipulation: An agreement entered into by the divorcing spouses that settles the issues between them and is often entered into the court's final judgment and decree.

Visitation: The time that a noncustodial parent spends with the children.

Uncontested Divorce, Legal Separation, Nullity, Domestic Partner Dissolution

Our Most Simple And Complete Packages

Summary Dissolution. Married less than five years. No children, virtually no assets and debts. Click here for qualifications from the CA Family Code.


Uncontested divorce. No minor children, no assets and debts.


Uncontested divorce. Minor children, no assets and debts.


Uncontested divorce with assets and debts, no minor children.


Uncontested divorce with assets and debts, minor children and DISSOMASTER® California Child/Spousal Support Calculations.


A Little Contested But We Don't Want To Litigate

Paperwork/Mediation Fusions - For those who need help negotiating the terms of their divorce along with complete document preparation services.

Uncontested divorce paperwork as described above with one hour of mediation.


Uncontested divorce with minor children, one hour of mediation.


Uncontested divorce with minor children. Includes six months of reasonable unlimited mediation and all the documents needed for a divorce including a marital settlement agreement.


Uncontested divorce with no minor children. Includes six months of unlimited mediation and all the documents needed for a divorce including a marital settlement agreement.


Uncontested divorce with minor children. Includes six months of unlimited mediation and all the documents needed for a divorce including a marital settlement agreement.



Community Pubic Services Terms & Definitions

Mediation is negotiation with a neutral third party. All discussions in mediation are confidential and not admissible in Court. Mediation is binding if both parties sign an agreement. Mediation is usually scheduled after initial papers are filed and Respondent is served. Additional mediation time is available at $250 per hour. Mediation is preferred in person but may be done over the phone and in Internet mediation suites.

Each divorce/legal separation/nullity package includes all the legal documents necessary to complete your uncontested divorce. Also includes service of your spouse by mail and courier/express mail service to the Courts. Fusion Packages includes all the documents necessary to complete your divorce along with three hours of mediation. Rush Packages include all the documents necessary to complete a divorce along with a request for an immediate hearing to determine child and/or spousal support.

Summary Dissolution

  • Amounts owed on debts by either party from the date of marriage does not exceed $4000 excluding automobile debt
  • The total net fair market value of community property assets excluding automobiles but specifically including deferred compensation or retirement plans is less that $32,000, and neither party has separate property assets, excluding automobiles with a net value of more than $32,000. The parties must set forth the division of community assets and the assumption of community liabilities and have executed all documents necessary to effect the agreement. The parties must also waive any rights to spousal support.

California Resident
Either you or your spouse must have lived in California for at least six months, and in the county where you file your papers for at least three months, just prior to filing the petition. Being away on a business trip or vacation does not count against your residency time. If you are in the military and lived in California before you went in, you are still considered a California resident.

Paralegals are also known as legal document assistants. We can type and submit documents on your behalf. We cannot be your advocate or give you legal advice in any way. You are urged to seek the advice of an attorney if you want legal advice.

Summary Dissolution Qualifications

  • Married no more than 5 years
  • No children and wife is not currently pregnant
  • Neither party has any interest in any real property (an exception is made for a lease of a residence occupied by either party which terminates within the year and where there is no option to buy
  • Amounts owed on debts by either party from the date of marriage does not exceed $5000 excluding automobile debt
  • The total net fair market value of community property assets excluding automobiles but specifically including deferred compensation or retirement plans is less than $25,000, and neither party has separate property assets, excluding automobiles with a net value of more than $25,000. The parties must set forth the division of community assets and the assumption of community liabilities and have executed all documents necessary to effect the agreement. The parties must also waive any rights to spousal support.

Minor children
Children under the age of 18 or, if they are still in high school, up to the age of 19 who are born or adopted into this marriage with this spouse.

Assets and Debts
Assets and liabilities - real property, vehicles, investment accounts, retirement accounts, bank accounts, whole life insurance policies, businesses, copyrights, bank debt, credit card debt, mortgage debt, other debt, stuff.

California Child/Spousal Support Calculations - Calfornia child and spousal support guidelines are calculated using a computer program called the Dissomaster. The Dissomaster begins with your gross income, adjusts it for acceptable deductions and derives an amount of child and spousal support which is considered the guideline. Spousal support is calculated using the gross incomes of the parties. In determining long term spousal support, however, the judge must look at many other circumstances, in addition to the dissomaster to determine the level of support. You may negotiate numbers that work for you, if you so choose.
For child support, if you choose to pay less child support than the guideline, you may be asked to convince the judge that this is in the best interest of your children. Child support is calculated using both parties gross monthly income and the percentage of time the child spends with each parent.

Date of Separation
The date of separation signifies the end of the marital community and the end of the community property status. So if today is your date of separation and you win the lottery tomorrow, it would be your separate property. It is defined as the day one of you decides you no longer want to be married. You establish a date of separation by filing your petition. As you can see, the date of separation doesn't necessarily comply with the date one party moves out. Also, it's can be a gray area.

Questions and comments are welcomed.Please send mail to Community Public Services or call 1-619 430-2677 for more information.

Community Public Services

You Must Qualify As A California Resident To Use This Service

Uncontested Divorce, Legal Separation

Divorce, Legal Separation, Nullity, Domestic Partnership Dissolution

$1000 - $1500



Mediation Package

Reasonable unlimited mediation for six months - $2500 to $5000. We mediate anywhere in California at no extra charge


6 hours for $700

Other Important paperwork

Qualified Domestic Relations Order
To divide retirement plans


Order to Show Cause to Modify Support
Custody, visitation and other Orders


By agreement


By court hearing


Bifurcation to terminate marital status


Case taking too long? Be divorced
And then figure it all out


By agreement


By court hearing


Publication of divorce

$500 + divorce package

Can't find your spouse?
Divorce them anyway


Finish your half finished case.
We can put you out of your
misery and get your divorce done!

$500 - $1500

Wage Assignment


Response with I & E


Establish legal paternity


Interspousal Transfer Deed/Quit Claim


Name change after divorce


Child/Spousal Support Calculations/Dissomaster
using X-Spouse software


Sample Custody Evaluation


Marriage and Related Services

Pre/Post Nuptial agreement


Estate Plan Documents

For a couple


For a single


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