Divorce and Paternity

Divorce (Dissolution)

Divorce is the process of dissolving your marriage. California’s legal term for a divorce, “dissolution,” is used to show that California is a “no fault” state. This concept means that neither spouse has to accuse the other of marital misconduct to get a divorce.

One of the parties has to show that the marriage has broken down to “irreconcilable differences” meaning that there is nothing that anyone can do to help you repair your marriage.


When the parents of a child are not married, parentage of their children needs to be legally established. Once paternity has been established, those parents will have all the rights and responsibilities of a parent. The parent will be able to ask the court to make orders for child custody, visitations, and child support.

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