What is a no-fault divorce?


Divorce can happen many ways, and each spouse has his or her own tipping point where the marriage goes from difficult or troubled to untenable. For some couples, divorce comes after years of the relationship slowly fading past recovery, while others implode almost instantaneously, and still others simply run their course. California is a “no-fault” divorce state, so deciding to divorce is a truly personal decision, which is a great freedom and power to carry.

Under no-fault rules, a divorce is fairly straightforward. One party simply has to file for the divorce and cite “irreconcilable differences” to justify the divorce legally. Here in California, this law faced opposition when it was originally proposed many years, with many lawmakers claiming that creating a no-fault system would make it too easy for men to shirk their responsibilities in marriage, but the last 50 years of no-fault divorce cases here and throughout the country have actually leaned heavily in the other direction.

In most cases, women and not men are the ones to file for divorce. Men often become neglectful of their marriage, but are far more likely to simply “hang in there” rather than actually seek a divorce. Women, on the other hand, are significantly more likely to take action and seek an end to the relationship once it sours or turns stale.

Whether you are a husband or a wife, you can have the divorce you want. It doesn’t have to be messy, and it doesn’t have to take forever. An experienced attorney can help walk you through every step of the process and make sure that your divorce remains respectful and professional while protecting your rights and interests on your way to a new chapter in life.

Source: Communities Digital News, “This is who asks for a divorce more often,” Myra Fleischer, July 25, 2017

2022-03-30T17:43:54+00:0011 Aug 2017|
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