• Christopher M. Alexander

What are the Grounds for a Divorce?

A Complaint for Divorce must allege legal grounds, or causes, for the divorce. Some common grounds are: adultery, extreme cruelty, gross neglect of duty, habitual drunkenness, incompatibility, unless denied by the other party, and living separate and apart for more than one year.

Although there are many potential grounds, most divorces are filed based on the grounds of incompatibility, living separate and apart for more than one year and/or gross neglect of duty.

In over 20 years as an attorney practicing family law, I have only litigated “grounds” for a divorce in two cases. In each case, the presiding Judge separated the “grounds” portion of the trial and heard evidence regarding grounds separately from the remainder of the Divorce.

When you need a skilled and experienced family law lawyer, contact Christopher M. Alexander at (513) 228 – 1100, mobile (513) 226 – 8489, or online at

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