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A Brief History of No-Fault Divorce in America

Last updated 5 years ago

California law provides for no-fault divorces. This means that the spouse seeking a divorce does not have to prove that the other spouse did anything wrong or that there were specific circumstances which led to the divorce. However, this has not always been the case.

California was actually the first state to sign a no-fault law into effect, which was done by Governor Ronald Reagan in 1970. Prior to that time, divorces could only be obtained when one party could show that the other spouse had done something wrong. Commonly pleaded examples included stating that the other spouse had committed adultery, committed a felony, or abandoned the marriage and the filing spouse.

To learn more about divorce in California, please do not hesitate to call Moreno Family Law in San Jose at (408) 266-9011. We specialize in family law and can help you with your divorce, child custody, or support case.


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