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This depends largely upon which state you live in. There are some states that have adopted a no-fault divorce where no grounds or reason have to be given in order to file for divorce.
However, in states that do still require a reason or grounds for the cause having been filed, these can be things such as cruelty, adultery or desertion. There may be others such as imprisonment after committing a felony that, while rare, may be applicable.
Any grounds that are claimed must be present when you file for divorce. Any distribution of property and assets may be affected in those states that require a declaration of fault. To make sure you're protected in such a case, it is encouraged that you consult with a reputable divorce lawyer familiar with the existing laws governing divorce in your state.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|