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Basic Information about Uncontested California Divorces

On Behalf of | Mar 31, 2014 | Divorce


The simplest (and fastest) types of divorces are uncontested divorces.

In this kind of divorce, both parties agree that it’s time for the marriage to be over. California law uses a very specific term — “irreconcilable differences” — to define the idea of no fault divorce. As we’ve discussed in previous posts, you can also file for divorce on the grounds that your spouse is irreversibly insane, although that approach is far less common.

How does California define this key term: “irreconcilable differences”? The law puts it this way: “irreconcilable differences have caused the irremediable breakdown of the marriage.” The word “irremediable” sounds like one of those ten-dollars SAT words. Basically, it means that the situation cannot be remediated or fixed.

As we’ve discussed in previous posts, there are a million and one reasons why a marriage can break down, including infidelity, a general “falling out of love,” etc. For instance, perhaps your spouse committed a crime. Or maybe financial difficulties and chronic fighting wore down and destroyed the relationship. Or maybe you discovered some awful revelation from your spouse’s past that’s prompted you to want to file a divorce.

Here’s a smart way to deal with questions you may have about your divorce, whether it’s uncontested or not: compile a list of key questions to ask your California divorce attorney. Write them down: don’t try to remember them off the tip of your head.

If you haven’t yet retained legal representation, get clarity now. Call the team here at Demmerle & Dinnebier for a consultation about your divorce matter.