Grounds for Divorce in California

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On What Grounds May I File for Divorce in California?

California, exclusively a no fault divorce state, has two ground for dissolution of marriage or legal separation:

  1. Irreconcilable Differences - Irreconcilable differences which have caused the irremediable break down of the marriage.  Irreconcilable differences are those grounds which are determined by the court to be substantial reasons for not continuing the marriage and which make it appear that the marriage should be dissolved.
  2. Incurable Insanity -  A marriage may be dissolved on the grounds of incurable insanity only upon proof, including competent medical or psychiatric testimony, that the insane spouse was at the time the petition was filed, and remains, incurably insane.

I Want a Divorce!  Do I Need a Lawyer?

Yes.  You should contact a divorce attorney immediately.  Initially they will help you draft the divorce petition, and then later assist you with the exchange of documents, settlement, and any trial issues.  A good divorce attorney is vital to making sure that you get everything that you are entitled to.

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Last Modified: 04-24-2013 02:16 PM PDT

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