Can a spouse file for divorce for just about any reason? In legal terms, the reasons for divorce are called grounds. What grounds are allowed, and are they the same for both spouses?
What the Law Says About Reasons for Divorce
Spouses can get divorced, but for only one of three reasons:
The spouses have been living apart for at least a year.
One spouse committed adultery (cheated).
Getting a court trial date for a divorce can take months or even years. But some important questions really can't wait until then.
Issues That Can't Wait Until the Divorce Trial
Here are some examples of decisions that might have to be made while you wait for the divorce trial:
custody and access (visiting) rights
child support payments
spousal support payments, including bills and debts like...
To ask for a divorce, you must file certain documents in court. A request for a divorce is officially called an "Application for Divorce." It's the beginning of the divorce process.
Some people prepare the application on their own using the sample Application for Divorce the government provides (Form I). However, this model is not very detailed and doesn't necessarily cover the specific...