Chapter 2. Grounds For Dissolution Or Legal Separation of California Family Law Code >> Division 6. >> Part 3. >> Chapter 2.
Dissolution of the marriage or legal separation of the
parties may be based on either of the following grounds, which shall
be pleaded generally:
(a) Irreconcilable differences, which have caused the irremediable
breakdown of the marriage.
(b) Permanent legal incapacity to make decisions.
Irreconcilable differences are those grounds which are
determined by the court to be substantial reasons for not continuing
the marriage and which make it appear that the marriage should be
A marriage may be dissolved on the grounds of permanent legal
incapacity to make decisions only upon proof, including competent
medical or psychiatric testimony, that the spouse was at the time the
petition was filed, and remains, permanently lacking the legal
capacity to make decisions.
No dissolution of marriage granted on the ground of permanent
legal incapacity to make decisions relieves a spouse from any
obligation imposed by law as a result of the marriage for the support
of the spouse who lacks legal capacity to make decisions, and the
court may make an order for support, or require a bond therefor, as
the circumstances require.