California is one of many states that are considered a no-fault divorce state as California divorce law allows one spouse to file for divorce and end the marriage even if the other spouse does not want to end the marriage. There are different California divorce and separation options as well as terms that spouses or partners will want to be familiar with such as domestic partnership, dissolution of marriage, annulment or nullity of marriage, legal separation, and summary dissolution.
- A California divorce is also called a dissolution of marriage. The terms fundamentally mean the same thing.
- An annulment, also called a nullity of marriage, is a way in California to divorce if the court finds that a marriage or domestic partnership is invalid, illegal or void.
- A legal separation has similar grounds as a California divorce and allows a couple to separate their finances and property without terminating their marriage or domestic partnership.
- A summary dissolution is an easy way in California to get a divorce but certain factors must be met in order for a couple to qualify for it.
- A domestic partnership in California is a legal relationship between couples of same sex that affords the couple many of the same rights, protections and benefits of married couples.
For legal advice about California divorce or legal separation options you’ll want to consult with a California divorce attorney. To present your divorce case free to California divorce attorneys in your area click here.