In California, a judgment for dissolution of marriage is not final and does not terminate the marital relationship and status until six months has passed from the date that a copy of the summons and petition was served on the respondent spouse; or from the date that the respondent appeared in court; whichever that happens earlier. This is called the minimum waiting period. Fam. C. 2339(a). Therefore, even where the husband and wife have been separated for years, the waiting period does not begin until a divorce action is filed and the papers are served on the other spouse.
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