Family Law


What are typical grounds for divorce?

Grounds for divorce vary from state to state. Common grounds for divorce include the failure of either party to consummate the marriage, imprisonment of one party, abandonment (desertion), bigamy, adultery, cruel and inhumane treatment, conviction of a felony or infamous crime, incurable mental illness, drug addiction, and attempted murder. Many states allow divorces under a catch-all category called “irreconcilable differences.”


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