What Does “No-Fault” Mean in a Divorce?
California is a no-fault state for divorce. This simply means that the spouse asking for the divorce does not have to prove that the other spouse committed any wrongdoing against them to warrant the separation. There are other states that require a reason to file for a divorce, such as adultery or domestic violence, but this is not required in the state of California.
In most cases, the reason for no-fault divorces is typically referred to as “irreconcilable differences.” This means that a couple is unable to get along or agree on any matter during their marriage.
How Long Does the Divorce Process Take?
The length of the divorce process in California is also determined by whether or not you and your spouse find an agreement.
- If the divorce is not contested by either party, the divorce process can take around six months
- If a divorce is contested, it can take anywhere from six to twelve months
The length of a contested divorce can also depend on the complexity of each case, especially when issues of alimony and child custody/support are involved.
It is also possible for a divorce to be processed in one day. If you and your spouse wish to separate and have an agreement today, you can secure a future date to change your marriage status. There is a 6 month period between when you file until the family court can legally change your status from "married" to "single",
How Much Does it Cost to File for Divorce?
The fee to file for a divorce in California is $435. Should your spouse wish to respond to the complaint, they must also pay the same amount of $435. If you are unable to afford the cost to file, however, you may be able to have your fees waived.
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We understand the toll that a complicated divorce can take on all parties involved. Working with an experienced divorce attorney can ensure that your divorce goes as smoothly and quickly as possible. Our legal team can help you file error-free paperwork, conduct negotiations with your spouse, and prepare a strong case for trial if necessary. If you have decided to file for divorce in California, or you have been served divorce papers, contact us immediately to discuss your next steps.