What are Irreconcilable Differences in a Divorce?

What are Irreconcilable Differences in a Divorce?

Divorce is never easy but is necessary in some cases. When a couple gets a divorce, they must state a reason for the permanent separation when they present the case to a judge. This reason must be supported by evidence to prove that it exists.

Though many couples choose to end the marriage for adultery or neglect, there are some cases where the differences between the two make it impossible for the marriage to be salvaged. This is more commonly known as irreconcilable differences. This typically happens when a couple disagrees with each other to the point where they can’t coexist in the marriage anymore.

Do I need a legal reason to get a divorce in California?

California is a no-fault divorce state, which means you are not obligated to prove that your spouse did something wrong in order to end your marriage. Instead, you simply have to state that you and your spouse no longer get along (i.e., you have “irreconcilable differences”).

No-fault divorce also means that you and your spouse don’t need to agree on getting a divorce. Only one party needs to seek the divorce, and the other spouse cannot stop them. Even if your spouse ignores the divorce proceedings, you can be given a default judgment to end your marriage.

Irreconcilable Differences

If you and your spouse are getting divorced, you should be prepared to provide evidence to show why the marriage should be dissolved. A family law attorney can explain the type of supporting evidence you need to include with your petition. When irreconcilable differences are cited as the reason for divorce,¬†divorce proceedings will go much faster since there is no need for proof of extenuating acts. This is why California is considered a “no-fault” divorce state.

The following are some common irreconcilable differences many couples experience that can lead to divorce:

  • Having and Raising Children

  • Family Involvement in the Marriage

  • Sexual Intimacy

  • Financial Responsibility

  • Lack of Communication

  • Inability to Balance Home and Work

In addition to these reasons, there are a number of other irreconcilable differences that can lead to couples getting divorced.

A Divorce Attorney Can Help

Divorce petitions are complex and require the skill of an experienced family law attorney. Furthermore, you will need a knowledgeable Murrieta divorce lawyer to answer all of your questions and guide you through the divorce process.

Call the Law Offices of Michael D. Iverson, APC for a consultation regarding your divorce case.


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