Types of Divorce

Types of Divorce

The type of divorce you pursue largely depends on the circumstances surrounding the breakdown of your marriage. Because getting a divorce involves legal ramifications that can affect child custody, spousal support, property division, and other aspects of your life, you should seek legal help.

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Torrance Divorce Advice—Types of Divorce

The attorneys at Daigneault Law have extensive experience assisting clients with divorce. Several of our divorce attorneys in Torrance are Board Certified Family Law Specialists and AV® Peer Review RatedSM by Martindale Hubbell®. Grounds for divorce in California are no fault, which means neither spouse is held responsible for the dissolution of the marriage. No-fault grounds require only one spouse to assert that irreconcilable differences exist. Or a couple may divorce on grounds of incurable insanity.

Whether a couple agrees on terms for child custody, child support, visitation, property division, and alimony, along with other factors, determines the type of divorce.

Types of divorce and ways to end a marital relationship

    • Uncontested divorce. In an uncontested divorce, the couple agrees on the terms for child custody, child support, visitation, property division, and spousal support or alimony. Terms for divorce may initially be contested but resolved through mediation or collaborative law. At Daigneault Law, our Torrance divorce attorneys offer collaborative law and mediation services as alternatives to litigation to resolve divorce issues.


    • Summary divorce/simplified divorce. A summary dissolution can be used for couples who have been married less than five years, who have no children, who have few assets and debts, and who agree that neither spouse should receive spousal support. Based on the no-fault grounds of irreconcilable differences, this is a very simple type of divorce for couples with uncomplicated issues.


    • Limited divorce/legal separation. Limited divorce is a legal separation where couples remain married but live separately and do not have sexual relations with each other. The same no-fault grounds apply, and as in divorce, couples settle on terms for child custody, support, property division, and alimony.


  • Annulment. Couples who meet requirements for annulment may have their marriage annulled instead of filing for divorce. However, it is often more difficult to get the court to grant an annulment than a divorce.

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Our Torrance divorce lawyers are very skilled and have extensive divorce experience. Call 310-803-9210 today or contact Daigneault Law online.

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