If you are seeking a divorce, the thoughts that loom largest are your reasons for ending your marriage. Depending on what shows you’ve watched, you may be expecting to state and prove each of these reasons. The truth is, however, you probably won’t have to do that.


In most states, the court only needs to determine that the marriage is over to grant the divorce.


However, you can raise these issues to show the court why it is inequitable or unfair for one spouse to receive or not receive property or alimony. These issues may also be relevant to the questions of custody and visitation.

  • Adultery
  • Spousal abuse
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Abandonment (leaving a spouse without support for a long time)

*This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide legal advice. If you require legal advice, please contact a licensed attorney in your local area.