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American Divorce - Grounds for Divorce

Alaska (AK)

  1. Incompatibility of temperament which has caused the irremediable breakdown of the marriage

Alabama (AL)

  1. Irretrievable breakdown of the marriage
  2. Complete incompatibility of temperaments such that the parties can no longer live together
  3. Voluntary separation for over 1 year

Arkansas (AR)

  1. Voluntary living separate and apart without cohabitation for 3 years

Arizona (AZ)

  1. Irretrievable breakdown of the marriage

California (CA)

  1. Irreconciliable differences which have caused the irremediable breakdown of the marriage

Colorado (CO)

  1. Irretrievable breakdown of the marriage

Connecticut (CT)

  1. Irretrievable breakdown of the marriage
  2. Incompatibility and voluntary separation for 18 months with no reasonable prospects for reconciliation

District of Columbia (DC)

  1. Mutual voluntary separation without cohabitation for 6 months
  2. Living separate and apart without cohabitation for 1 year

Delaware (DE)

  1. Irretrievable breakdown of the marriage and reconciliation is improbable
  2. Living separate and apart for 6 months because of incompatibility

Florida (FL)

  1. Irretrievable breakdown of the marriage

Georgia (GA)

  1. Irretrievable breakdown of the marriage

Hawai (HI)

  1. Irretrievable breakdown of the marriage
  2. Living separate and apart without cohabitation for 2 years and it would not be harsh or oppressive to the defendant spouse to grant the divorce

Iowa (IA)

  1. Breakdown of the marriage relationship to the extent that the legitimate objects of matrimony have been destroyed and there remains no reasonable likelihood that the marriage can be preserved

Idaho (ID)

  1. Irreconciliable differences
  2. Living separate and apart without cohabitation for a period of 5 years

Illinois (IL)

  1. Irreconciliable differences have caused the irretrievable breakdown of the mariage and reconciliation has failed or further attempts at reconciliation are impractical and the spouses have been living separate and apart for without cohabitation for 2 years

Indiana (IN)

  1. Irretrievable breakdown of marriage

Kansas (KS)

  1. Incompatibility

Kentucky (KY)

  1. Irretrievable breakdown of the marriage and the spouses have lived apart fo 60 days

Louisiana (LA)

  1. A spouse desires a divorce

Massachusetts (MA)

  1. Irretrievable breakdown of the marriage

Maryland (MD)

  1. The spouses have voluntarily lived separate and apart for one year without interruption or cohabitation and there is no reasonable expectation of reconciliation
  2. The spouses have lived separate and apart without interruption for two years

Maine (ME)

  1. Irreconciliable marital differences

Michigan (MI)

  1. A breakdown of the marriage relationship to the extent that the objects of matrimony have been destroyed and there remains no reasonable likelihood that the marriage can be preserved

Minnesota (MN)

  1. irrevocable breakdown of the marriage shown by living separate and apart for 180 days
  2. irrevocable breakdown of the marriage shown by serious marital discord adversely affecting the attitude of one or both of the spouses toward marriage

Missouri (MO)

  1. Irretrievable breakdown of the marriage and no reasonable likelihood that the marriage can be preserved

Mississippi (MS)

  1. Irreconciliable differences

Montana (MT)

  1. Irretrievable breakdown of the marriage and serious marital discord which adversably affects the attitude of both spouses towards the marriage and no reasonable prospect of reconciliation and living separate and apart for 180 days prior to filing

North Carolina (NC)

  1. Living separate and apart without cohabitation for one year

North Dakota (ND)

  1. Irreconciliable differences

Nebraska (NE)

  1. irretrievable breakdown of the marriage

New Hampshire (NH)

  1. Irreconciliable differences which have caused the irremediable breakdown of the marriage

New Jersey (NJ)

  1. Living separate and apart for 18 months and no reasonable prospect of reconciliation

New Mexico (NM)

  1. Incompatibility because of discord and conflicts of personalities such that the legitimate ends of the marriage relationship have been destroyed preventing any reasonable expectation of reconciliation

Nevada (NV)

  1. incompatibility
  2. living separate and apart without cohabitation for one year

New York (NY)

  1. Living separate and apart for one year under the terms of separation agreement which is in writing and signed and notarized
  2. Living separate and apart for one year under the terms of judicial separation decree

Ohio (OH)

  1. Incompatibility
  2. Living separate and apart without cohabitation and without interruption for one year

Oklahoma (OK)

  1. Incompatibility

Oregon (OR)

  1. Irreconciliable differences between the spouses which have caused the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage

Pennsylvania (PA)

  1. Irretrievable breakdown of the marriage with the spouses living separate and apart without cohabitation for 2 or more years
  2. Irretrievable breakdown of the marriage and the spouses have both filed affidavits that they consent to the divorce.

Rhode Island (RI)

  1. Irreconciliable differences which have caused thew irremediable breakdown of the marriage
  2. Living separtae and apart without cohabitation for three years

South Carolina (SC)

  1. Living separate and apart without cohabitation for one year

South Dakota (SD)

  1. Irreconciliable differences which have caused the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage

Tennessee (TN)

  1. Irreconciliable differences
  2. Living separate and apart without cohabitation for 2 years when there are no minor children

Texas (TX)

  1. The marriage has become insupportable because of discord or conflict of personalities that has destroyed the legitimate ends of the marriage relationship and prevents any reasonable expectation of reconciliation
  2. Living separate and apart without cohabitation for 3 years

Utah (UT)

  1. Irreconciliable differences of the marriage
  2. Living separate and apart without cohabitation for 3 years under a judicial decree of separation

Virginia (VA)

  1. Living separate and apart without cohabitation for 1 year
  2. Living separate and apart without cohabitation for 6 months if there are no minor children and the spouses have entered into a separation agreement

Vermont (VT)

  1. Living separate and apart without cohabitation for 6 consecutive months and the resumption of marital relations is not reasonably probable

Washingtom (WA)

  1. Irretrievable breakdown of the marriage

Wisconsin (WI)

  1. Irretrievable breakdown of the marriage
  2. Living separate and apart for 12 months immediately prior to filing
  3. The court finds an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage with no possible chance of reconciliation

West Virginia (WV)

  1. Irreconciliable differences have arisen between the spouses
  2. Living separate and apart without cohabitation and without interruption for one year

Wyoming (WY)

  1. Irreconciliable differences
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