Grounds for Divorce

California is “no fault” divorce state. This means that there is no need for either party to provide grounds for divorce or prove that the other party “caused” the divorce.

The actual reasons for getting a divorce are as varied as the people filing, but when it comes to the legal grounds for a divorce there are only two options: irreconcilable differences and the permanent incapacity to make legal decisions.

A permanent incapacity to make legal decisions is a much less common ground for divorce and may involve other court processes, such as a conservatorship.

For everyone else, irreconcilable differences is what gets reported to the court and is all that is required under the law.

In some cases, an annulment may be appropriate. There are more legal reasons for getting an annulment than there are for getting a divorce. Learn more about annulments.

If you have questions about the grounds for divorce or other family law questions, please contact Romanovska Law.

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