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Grounds for Divorce

All the states in America have their own divorce laws, hence their own grounds of divorce. Please note that when you want to present a ground for divorce, it needs to be proved in the court with witnesses. So make sure you have sufficient proof of the grounds on which you want to file for divorce.

A spouse can stop the other spouse from getting divorce by convincing the court that he/she is not at the fault. But raising a defence also need proofs.

Following states provide divorce based on "Faults Grounds":
Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia.

Following states provide divorce based on "No-fault grounds":
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Following states provide divorce based on "Separation":
Alabama (24 months), Arkansas (18 months), Connecticut (18 months), District of Columbia (6 months), Hawaii (24 months), Idaho (60 months), Illinois ( 24 months), Louisiana (180 days), Maryland (12 months), Minnesota (180 days), Nevada (12 months), New Jersey (18 months), New York (12 months), North Carolina (12 months), Ohio (12 months), Pennsylvania (24 months), Rhode Island (36 months), South Carolina (12 months), Tennessee (24 months), Texas (36 months), Utah (36 months), Vermont (6 months), Virginia (12 months) and West Virginia (12 months).

For all the grounds of divorce for specific page, please have a look at around divorce laws section which specificies ground of divorce for each state.

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