What is a No-Fault Divorce in California?

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Divorce is seldom simple, and often, it doesn’t end cleanly. That being said, California offers couples two options when initiating the divorce process–they can either cite fault grounds or file a no-fault divorce. Please continue reading and reach out to an experienced Los Angeles divorce attorney from our firm to learn more about the difference between the two and how we can help you through the process ahead. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What is a no-fault divorce?

When someone chooses a fault-based divorce, it means they are essentially saying that the dissolution of their marriage was their spouse’s fault. For example, if one spouse committed adultery, the other spouse may use adultery as a fault ground. That said, when you cite fault grounds, you also give your spouse a chance to deny those grounds. Typically, this results in a long and heated battle, and, in most cases (save certain extreme instances) doesn’t positively affect the person who cited fault grounds. This is why, in most cases, we urge our clients to simply go the no-fault route, as it may very well help them save time, money, and lots of stress. Remember, just because you file a no-fault divorce doesn’t mean you can’t still disagree on certain issues, such as child custody, spousal support, and more. In fact, no-fault divorces are still frequently contested divorces, meaning both spouses can’t agree on specific divorce terms.

What are the fault grounds I can cite?

If you do choose to cite fault grounds, there are several that you can pick from. Some of the potential fault grounds in California are as follows:

  • Adultery
  • Abuse
  • Abandonment
  • Alcoholism

Ultimately, we will have to assess your specific case and determine whether citing fault grounds or not will be in your best interests. If you have any additional questions about no-fault divorce or any other part of the divorce process here in California, all you need to do is pick up the phone and give us a call. We are on your side and will be, every step of the way.

Contact our experienced Los Angeles firm

Divorce and family law issues are notoriously complicated and personal, which is why you must hire an attorney with years of experience, as well as the compassion and skill needed to handle these sensitive matters. For the qualified, dedicated legal representation you and your family deserve and need, contact Zitser Family Law Group, APC today.

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