There are many different reasons why a married couple may decide to end their relationship. At times, both spouses may simply have grown apart over the years, and no longer wish to continue their lives with each other. In other situations, the actions of one spouse may have led the other to decide that they want something different. Depending on what reason a spouse has for pursuing a divorce, there are different types for which their case may best be suited.

Broadly speaking, divorces can usually be divided into the categories of “fault” and “no-fault.” A no-fault divorce, as the name implies, is one in which neither spouse claims that the other is to blame for the dissolution of their relationship. Rather, both individuals pursuing a no-fault divorce agree that the time has come to part ways, and in choosing this form of divorce, make the legal process which they must undergo as simple and painless as possible.

Divorces in which one party is alleged to be at-fault are somewhat more complicated, and not every reason for which an individual may consider their spouse to blame for marital problems qualifies as legitimate grounds for divorce. While the rules for fault divorces vary from state to state, generally speaking, a few issues stand out as particularly common grounds for divorce. These include the following:

  • Ÿ  Extramarital affairs
  • Ÿ  Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Ÿ  Domestic violence
  • Ÿ  Abandonment
  • Ÿ  Imprisonment

If one spouse can demonstrate that any of these elements were the deciding factor in their decision to pursue a divorce, they may be able to receive significantly more generous terms in a divorce settlement than would otherwise be expected. This is because those circumstances show that the spouse was actively harming the marriage and family. The assistance of a qualified family law attorney can help those considering divorce to understand their full range of options and what they should expect in divorce proceedings, as well as help them get everything they want out of their divorce, be it child custody or alimony.