In California there are two grounds for a no-fault divorce. (1)
Irreconcilable differences, which have caused the irremediable
Irreconcilable differences are those grounds which are
determined by the court to be substantial reasons for not continuing the
marriage and which make it appear that the marriage should be dissolved.
"No fault" divorce describes any divorce where the spouse suing for divorce does not have to prove that the other spouse did something wrong. All states allow divorces regardless of who is at "fault."
To get a no fault divorce, one spouse must simply state a reason recognized by the state. In most states, it's enough to declare that the couple cannot get along (this goes by such names as "incompatibility," "irreconcilable differences" or "irremediable breakdown of the marriage"). In nearly a dozen states, however, the couple must live apart for a period of months or even years in order to obtain a no fault divorce.(back to top)