With the growth of international travel and trade, it is not uncommon for
individuals to spend a majority of their time split between two countries.
In fact, trends show that more people are spending their time between
California and London than they used to in the past. With both areas serving
as economic powerhouses, this is no surprise. Given how much time couples
potentially spend in the two places, it is important to know how divorce
The primary difference between California and London is that California
is a “no-fault” state while London is an “at-fault”
city. In California, divorcing couples do not have to prove that one party
was responsible for the separation. Rather, they can both claim they have
“irreconcilable differences.” In contrast, London requires
the party bringing forth the divorce to prove there is an irreparable
breakdown in the marriage. This can include adultery, long periods of
separation, or unreasonable behavior.
In terms of child support, California considers the issue as part of the
divorce. How much time was spent with the children, income, and fault
all play factors in child support. California uses a software called DissoMaster
to calculate the amount paid. London considers child support a separate
matter from divorce. Rather than helping fund the primary parent, child
support is owed solely to the child. The Child Maintenance Service handles
Property division is also different in the two areas. London courts decide
how property is distributed by considering needs, sharing, and compensation.
A party’s needs are given greater value than equal shares of assets.
California views property acquired during marriage as communal. This means
that the property and assets are divided evenly between both spouses.
Property acquired before the marriage and inheritance are some factors
that are allotted solely to an individual.
At James D. Madden & Aruna P. Rodrigo, Family Law Attorneys, we understand that divorce can be
difficult no matter where you are. If you and your spouse plan to divorce,
contact our experienced San Bernardino family law attorneys for a consultation today.