Cause Divorce and No Fault Divorce

Cause Divorce

In California, nothing has to cause divorce. No Fault Divorce is the standard in California and most other states. If one party states that there are irreconcilable differences, that's enough to grant a dissolution in California, whether it’s in the San Bernardino, Riverside, or Rancho family law courts.

Prior to 1970, California and all of the other states required fault to end a marriage. That meant that a person had to allege that the other party had committed a trespass such as adultery or extreme cruelty.

But the Family Law Act of 1970 revolutionized marriage law in California. Now parties can file for a No Fault, or no cause divorce just because they feel their marriage isn't working out anymore.

Did this cause dissolution rates to escalate? Well, the numbers certainly did rise after 1970, but this could be attributed to many factors such as the change in social norms.

In fact, some states like New York still have the old "Cause Divorce" statutes. Yet, New York has the third highest number of marriages breaking up in the country!

Overall, the dissolution rate peaked in 1981 at 5.3 marriages ending per 1000 people. Today, that number is 3.6 per 1000 people.

To obtain a No Fault Divorce in California, you simply fill out the Petition and request Dissolution of Marriage based on Irreconcilable Differences.

If you want to start a dissolution, regardless of whether there is fault, contact my office today at 877-369-5294.

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