3 Main Ways To End A Marriage Or Registered Domestic Partnership
A divorce legally ends your marriage or domestic partnership. After getting a divorce, also known as a dissolution of marriage or a dissolution of domestic partnership, you will be considered single and may then marry or become a domestic partner once again.
In the state of California, which is a “no-fault” divorce state, you may get a divorce if you have “irreconcilable differences” with your spouse/domestic partner. The court does not consider either party in a divorce to be guilty or non-guilty, therefore you do not have to give any other reason for a divorce. The courts only interests in a divorce is in helping both parties come to a fair agreement and moving forward in their lives.
In initiating a divorce, you may ask the judge to make specific orders regarding:
- Child Support
- Child Custody & Visitation
- Division of Property
- Spousal Support
- Division of Debts Accrued During Marriage
- Attorney Fees
- Domestic Violence/Restraining Orders
A divorce in California takes at least 6 months from the original date that the person whom is filing notifies their partner about the divorce. Some cases may take longer, but the minimum time in California is 6 months. During these 6 months you may submit all of the required paperwork and have your case approved, but the mandatory waiting period will still remain.