Divorce - A divorce (also called a "dissolution of marriage") ends your marriage. You can get a divorce if you say you have "irreconcilable differences" with your spouse. You don't have to give the court any other reason. It doesn't matter who is at fault.
To get a divorce in California, you or your spouse must have lived in California for the last 6 months AND for 3 months in the county where you're going to file for your divorce. Click here to learn more about California's "residency requirements."
When you get a divorce, you can ask the judge to make orders about:
Custody and visitation. This means who your children will live with and how you and your spouse will share parenting responsibilities.
Child and spousal support. This means the amount of money that the judge orders one spouse to pay the other spouse.
If attorneys are involved, you may be able to get orders about who will pay their fees. You can also ask the judge to make other orders about things like domestic violence. Click here to learn more about domestic violence and staying safe.
Anyone who is married can get a regular divorce.
Some couples that have been married less than 5 years can get a "summary dissolution." A summary dissolution is an easier way to end your marriage. Click here to learn more about getting a summary dissolution.