The parties to a divorce are under an obligation to the court and the other party to represent accurate facts, so if one becomes aware that a fact was misrepresented erroneously, one needs to correct it. This is especially true as to the length of the marriage, because the court will look to the date of marriage, and the date of separation, in determining what property is community property, and what property is separate property. So if the court makes a division/classification based on incorrect dates, the order/decree can actually be overturned due to mistake - one of the most common grounds for overturning a decree.
As such, if the petition for dissolution states the wrong dates, or misrepresents the years of marriage, the party that filed the petition would need to file an "amended" petition- and then serve that on the other party.
Please note this is not uncommon-the proforma document (here: http://www.courts.ca.gov/documents/fl100.pdf)
even has an "amended" box to check off in the caption.
The petitioner has the right to amend the divorce petition one time without asking the court for permission to do so, and the respondent has 30 days to file an amended response.
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