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What Are The Grounds For A Divorce in CA?

Every state is different when it comes to grounds for divorce and the divorce process. California is a 'no-fault' divorce state. In fact, it was the first state that adopted this type of divorce law. What this means is you are able to dissolve your marriage simply by showing there are 'irreconcilable differences' in your marriage. In the past, matters of adultery, harassment, desertion, imprisonment, drunkenness or some form of fault was required for one party to pursue a divorce. With 'no fault' divorce laws in place, essentially any married person who wants a divorce is able to get one.

The grounds for filing a divorce are not generally an issue when it comes to ending your marriage. All it takes is checking the box that says 'irreconcilable differences' on the dissolution petition. Other things to consider are the requirements to complete the process. For example, you and/or your spouse must:

  1. Have lived in California for 6 months
  2. Have lived in your county for 3 months

If you do not fulfill the residency requirements, it does not matter what your reasoning for divorce is, you will not be able to file the petition. If you are pursuing a divorce in California, get the help of a skilled and trusted divorce attorney. Here at The Law Offices of Marc E. Mitzner, we provide personal attention to each person who comes through our door. We truly care about your case and want to walk alongside you in pursuing the future that you want. With over 20 years of experience helping with divorce cases, we are very familiar with the process and making sure you fulfill all requirements.

Call today at (714) 908-2373 to get started with a free case evaluation regarding your unique circumstances.