California is a “no fault” divorce state, which means that the spouse or domestic partner filing for the divorce does not have to prove that the other person did something wrong. To get a no-fault divorce, one spouse or domestic partner simply states in the Petition filed with the court that the couple has “irreconcilable differences.”

Not automatic, and as simple or complex as the parties choose to make it, is the resolution of the following issues arising from the marriage: dividing property accumulated during the marriage, determining custody and visitation rights, and setting the amount and duration of spousal and child support. These issues are dealt with in broad strokes in Divisions 6, 7, 8, and 9 of the Family Code at this link

California Courts, The Judicial Branch of California, provides an excellent overview and practical advice at the two links below:

The Los Angeles Superior Court has branches throughout the County each with a Family Law division, It publishes a “Self-Help Resource Center Service Catalog” containing detailed information about divorce in the squares marked “Divorce Related Issues,” “Child Custody & Visitation,” and “Child Support” at the following link:

Need more help with divorce related issues?

Parents seeking to negotiate and resolve child custody and visitation issues without coming to court can take advantage of a free online tool to help them reach a Parenting Plan Agreement that can become an order of the court. The program is described and can be accessed at this link:


  The Los Angeles Superior Court, California Courts, the judicial branch of the State of California, and many other organizations provide you with the information and forms you need to understand and maneuver through the divorce process.