What is a No Fault Divorce?
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In California, spouses can file for "no-fault divorces" when
they intend to dissolve their marriage. A no fault
divorce basically means that the spouse asking for the divorce does not have to
prove that the other spouse did something wrong. Back in the day, divorces
were only granted if the spouse had a reason to file the divorce.
Some of the reasons for at-fault divorces include:
Now, Californians don't have to prove that their spouse did anything
wrong. In fact, all divorces in California are dealt with as "no
fault" divorces, regardless of the reason for the separation. Spouses
can simply cite that they are divorcing due to "irreconcilable differences."
Essentially, if you can prove that you and your spouse cannot get along
because of differences in your personality or preferences, this is enough
to evidence a divorce.
In California, both spouses do not have to agree on the divorce. Instead,
one spouse simply has to file. The other spouse can try to delay a divorce
through legal maneuvering, but oftentimes the petitioning spouse will
win out in the end. The spouse who files for a divorce is always referred
to as the "petitioner" in divorce circumstances and the spouse
who responds to the filing is referred to as the "respondent."
There is no legal advantage to being the first to file, though there may
be some strategic advantages.
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