Planning to file divorce by the end of 2014 - planning it out. Most likely will need to file in California. If approaching a 10-year anniversary, are there any guidelines as to how close to the ten year mark I can come, without passing it or passing too close to it?
"California law (Family Code Section 4336(a)) says that where a marriage is "of long duration," the court "retains jurisdiction" indefinitely after the divorce is completed, unless the spouses agree otherwise. Retaining jurisdiction means that the court has the ability to continue making decisions about matters between the spouses, and can reevaluate its original orders and modify them if the facts justify a change. Any marriage that is longer than ten years is automatically considered to be "of long duration," and sometimes, shorter marriages can be considered lengthy as well. "