A divorce or custody filed case must be filed in the county of jurisdiction. This means, the case that has the ability to hear the case. In most dissolution cases, the divorce case can be filed where either party has resided for the six months proceeding the filing. Thus, if husband lives in Orange County and wife lives in Riverside County, wife can file her case in Riverside County.
For cases dealing with establishing paternity and custody, the case should be filed in the county where the children reside. However, there might be other courts where the case may be filed.
There can be multiple courts where a case can be filed. In such circumstances, it is important to consider the advantages of filing in one court house versus another. It is a well known fact that in any case there can be different outcomes depending on the judicial officer hearing the case. Hence, its important to consider where the case may be filed depending on the outcome sought.
It is always recommended that a party that is about to commence a custody case, paternity action, or divorce case consult an attorney to discuss all possible options that will help a party in his or her case.
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