No fault divorce in California wasn’t always the law. In 1970 under then Governor Ronald Reagan, California became the first state in America to officially recognize the concept of “no fault” divorce.
Over 45 years later, every state now recognizes some type of no fault divorce. In fact, in 2010, New York was the last state to approve no fault divorces.
Before no fault divorce was implemented, the spouse who was seeking a divorce would have to prove that the other spouse was somehow at fault for the marriage not working out. It would put the spouse in the awkward position of having to prove in open court under cross examination that their spouse was mentally cruel or cheated on them.
Today, every state has recognized the reality that no one should be forced to stay married to someone they no longer wish to have a relationship with.