California Grounds for Divorce

The Petition for Dissolution of Marriage is the initial document filed with the California court. It is in this document that the filing spouse will request the court to terminate the marriage under certain specified grounds.

Dissolution of the marriage may be based on either of the following grounds; (1) Irreconcilable differences, which have caused the irremediable breakdown of the marriage. (2) Incurable insanity.

Irreconcilable differences are those grounds which are determined by the court to be adequate reasons for the marriage to not continue and which makes it evident that the marriage should be terminated.

A marriage may be terminated by reasons of incurable insanity only upon ample proof, including competent medical or psychiatric testimony from a professional, that the spouse was at the time the petition for dissolution of marriage was filed, and actually remains, incurably insane. (California Code - Sections: 2310)

Every divorce case that is filed in the state of California must declare the grounds in which the divorce is to be granted. The grounds for divorce must be substantiated with evidence or testimony otherwise the court may dismiss the case. When you are petitioning the court for a divorce, or agreeing to a divorce, make sure that you completely understand the grounds and any potential legal repercussions. If you would like to learn more about the California grounds, visit the California state statutes located at: