Ending Your Marriage
In California, you are able to terminate your marriage for whatever reason you want. Since California is a no-fault state, a spouse can end the marriage at any time for any reason and get the same they would get if the other spouse ended the relationship. There are three ways to terminate your marriage: (1) divorce, (2) legal separation, and (3) nullity.
In order to get divorced, you must have lived in California for six months and in a county for three months. Once the Petition is filed and served, you will have to wait at least six months for your divorce to be finalized.
A legal separation ends the legal obligations of a marriage, though the title still exists. Many people file for legal separation, because they want to end the legal obligation to their spouse, but may not want to be divorced. There is no residency requirements, so a legal separation can be turned into a divorce, once the residency requirements are met.
A nullity is a legal order that the marriage never actually existed. This could be because of incurable insanity, an undisclosed inability to have sex, fraud, or a few other reasons. Nullities are difficult to get and are therefore rarely a real option.