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Going through a divorce is an often stress-filled situation that affects not only the couple involved, but the entire family. During such a difficult and overwhelming time, it is important to hire an attorney who can help you navigate the complicated legal issues as your family changes.

Grounds for Divorce in California

Historically, before 1969, there were “fault” based grounds available to obtain a divorce in California. For example, before the California legislature enacted the Family Law Act in 1969, a spouse could get a divorce by proving the other spouse was guilty of adultery, extreme cruelty (resulting in grievous bodily injury or grievous mental suffering), willful desertion, willful neglect, or habitual intemperance, or if the other spouse was convicted of a felony, or was incurably insane. The emphasis on proving “fault” to get a divorce in California added to the bitterness between the spouses and sometimes even motivated spouses to divorce. This was especially true because a trial court had discretion, by statute, to award a so-called “innocent” spouse with more than half of the community property from the marital estate if it was proven that the divorce was based on adultery, extreme cruelty, or incurable insanity.

Thankfully, California has done away with the “fault” based concept of divorce in California. Today, people will generally use one of the two grounds available for getting a divorce or a judgment for marital dissolution in California:

  • Irreconcilable differences
  • Incurable insanity

Getting a divorce based on irreconcilable differences is the more common of the two grounds for marital dissolution in California. Lawyers will often make reference to California Family Code Section 2310, which specifically refers to obtaining a divorce or judgment of marital dissolution on the grounds that irreconcilable differences exist that have caused the “irremediable breakdown of the marriage.”

In contrast, a divorce based on incurable insanity requires proof that the insane spouse was incurably insane at the time of the filing of the divorce petition and remains incurably insane. Getting a divorce based on the ground of incurable insanity can be found in California’s Family Code Section 2312.

Why Choose Our Attorneys?

  • We bring 50+ years’ shared experience to your case
  • Free, private, no-obligation consultation
  • Spanish-speaking lead divorce lawyer
  • Our team offers compassionate legal support
  • We charge reasonable fees with no surprises

At Castellanos & Associates, APLC, our Los Angeles family law practice combines legal knowledge and compassionate advocacy with close personal service. We have set our firm apart for over 20 years by providing high-quality legal divorce representation in Los Angeles that is affordable for every client.

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Divorce Cases We Handle

If you are considering divorce in Southern California, then our team of attorneys can help you navigate any divorce-related matter including but not limited to:

Maybe you’re not sure about divorce. Perhaps legal separation is a better choice for you. Or maybe you have questions about how a lawyer can help with your child custody, visitation, or support matter. With more than 50 years of combined legal experience, our attorneys have the experience and record of legal success that you can depend on. We offer our services in both English and Spanish, and can even visit you for meetings in the comfort of your own home.

At Castellanos & Associates, APLC we are committed to providing the most affordable and highest quality legal representation in family law in Los Angeles. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss the details of your family law matters with one of our friendly and knowledgeable attorneys. We look forward to serving you.

Castellanos & Associates, APLC wants to help you understand your situation and your options before retaining legal counsel. Contact us online or call (323) 212-5599 today to schedule a FREE consultation with no time limit!

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