If you have been following episodes of “The Housewives of Orange County”, you probably know that Tamra Barney and her husband, Simon, have had their fair share of marital difficulties and public spats of discourse.
On January 7, 2010, Simon took it to the next level and filed a Petition for DIssolution of Marriage in Orange County. Simon cited “irreconcilable differences” as the grounds of dissolution. Within the Petition, Simon also indicated that “Respondent (Tamra) has been verbally abusive and has committed acts of disloyalty and infidelity.” Although there are many reasons why couples divorce, it is not necessary to list them on your Petition for Dissolution. In fact, California is a no-fault divorce State, which means that, in the event you want to retain an Orange County divorce lawyer, you need not have a reason for wanting the divorce (although many reasons include, but are not limited to, extra-marital affairs, financial problems, accumulating debt etc.)
Bottom line is that so long as one party wants a divorce in California, the person resisting divorce has no choice. Of course, the process for the divorcing party will be difficult and issues that arise will have to be addressed in a separate blog. In fact, for circumstances involving a resisting spouse, I suspect that there will likely be issues with dodging service, failure to file a Response, potential default action, among others. If you are exploring or contemplating divorce, please contact a reputable and experienced Orange County divorce attorney.