Grounds for Divorce

Some people don’t want to wait out the period of separation required by their state’s law for a no fault divorce. In some states, a spouse who proves the other is at fault may receive a greater share of the marital property or more alimony. The traditional fault grounds are:

  • Cruelty (inflicting unnecessary emotional or physical pain); this is the most frequently used ground
  • Adultery
  • Desertion for a specified length of time
  • Confinement in prison for a set number of years
  • Physical inability to engage in sexual relations, if it was not disclosed before marriage.