California "No-Fault" Divorce
California is a “no-fault” divorce state, which means that the grounds for divorce have no effect on the divorce proceedings or outcome. "Irreconcilable differences" – the inability to agree on most things or on important things – is a sufficient reason to file for uncontested divorce in California, although not every no-fault divorce is automatically an uncontested divorce.
In a contested divorce, the parties do not agree on how to resolve issues like dividing marital property, alimony, child support, and child custody, while in an uncontested divorce, the couple has already reached an agreement on their own without judicial intervention. Only an uncontested divorce case will be eligible for online divorce.
In a no-fault divorce, a judge will simply not take into account either spouse's behavior or perceived "marital misconduct" (things like adultery, domestic violence, etc.) during the marriage when reviewing the couple's circumstances and issuing the final divorce decree. Even if the judge is not considering marital misconduct, it may still be a contested divorce if the parties need the judge’s help in reaching a settlement agreement.