Grounds for Divorce in California State Online

There are two grounds in the California Family Code, including ”irreconcilable differences,” and “incurable insanity.”

Irreconcilable differences are those grounds which are determined by the court to be adequate reasons for the marriage to not continue and which makes it evident that the marriage should be terminated. This is the equivalent for what most states call a “no-fault” divorce.

A marriage may be terminated by reasons of incurable insanity only upon ample proof, including competent medical or psychiatric testimony from a professional, that the spouse was at the time the petition for dissolution of marriage was filed, and actually remains, incurably insane.

What are Grounds for Divorce in California Laws?

You can review the California statute that lists the grounds for divorce here:

California is a purely "no-fault" divorce state, meaning that you can't allege that your spouse's wrongdoing was the cause of the divorce. Instead, most divorces are based on the grounds that the parties have irreconcilable differences that have led to the breakdown of the marriage. However, fault may be considered by the court as a factor in dividing property or awarding alimony.

See if you qualify to use California Divorce Online to begin your uncontested divorce process in California.