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You do not need to provide the court with a reason for divorce

On Behalf of | Jul 28, 2021 | Divorce |

If you decide to divorce, your reasons are your own. You may feel like you need a significant reason to leave your spouse, or you may just feel like it’s little different than breaking up with a boyfriend or girlfriend. How you view it is up to you.

Legally speaking, though, you do not need a reason to end your marriage. No one has to be at fault. You do not need to wait for your spouse to do something like engage in an extramarital affair or commit domestic violence. Those issues do often lead to divorce, of course, but you do not need anything like that to split up.

The role of no-fault divorce

Things were not always this way, when fault was required to end a marriage, but those days are now behind us. Under California law, you can use no-fault divorce and simply state that there are irreconcilable differences between you and your spouse.

Stating that you and your spouse have irreconcilable difference doesn’t mean you’re providing a “reason” for the split. You don’t have to provide any more detail, and the term “irreconcilable differences” can mean something different for everyone. It simply indicates that you no longer want to be married because you’re no longer happy being married. That’s enough. People are no longer trapped in unhappy relationships because they have to provide one of a limited number of designated “faults.”

Moving toward your divorce

In some ways, this does make divorce easier, but the process is still fairly complicated. Make sure you get the legal guidance that can help you protect your rights as you divorce.