Legal definition of no fault divorce
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no fault divorce

In a no-fault divorce action, spouses can terminate a marriage at will. The spouse suing for divorce does not have to prove that the other spouse did something wrong. In a no-fault divorce, it is irrelevant who did what to whom that caused the marriage to break down. The only important matter is that there is no reasonable chance of reconciliation. One spouse must simply state a reason recognized by the state and, in some states, the couple must also live apart for a period of time.

The most common grounds for no-fault divorce are separation (you no longer live together); irreconcilable differences (you are no longer compatible because you have very different goals, needs and desires for your life); irretrievable breakdown (your marriage has deteriorated beyond the point of repair).

In several states, the couple must live apart for a period of months or even years in order to obtain a no fault divorce.
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