How Divorce Works In California
California's "no-fault" divorce law does not require spouses to agree to divorce or grounds for dissolution in order to end the marriage. One spouse can file for divorce even if the other person wants to remain married. The person who does not want to divorce cannot refuse to participate in the legal divorce proceedings. The spouse who does want the divorce can choose to find an attorney to represent him or her, or they can file an online divorce.
If your partner attempts to stop the traditional or online divorce, they will be unsuccessful and you can still receive a "default" judgement, which will allow the divorce to successfully be granted by California courts.
In California, the person who initiates the divorce is known as the "Petitioner". Their spouse is known as the "Respondent". There is no benefit or advantage in either of these roles - both are viewed as equal in the eyes of the court.