When a couple makes plans to part ways, the question may be asked: "what went wrong?". In some states, this question may not mean what you think it means. Fault can be more of a legal issue than a relationship issue when it comes to things like child custody and marital debts. Read to find out more about the issues of grounds and fault in divorce.
Does Fault Matter?
Make no mistake about it — a no-fault divorce can be had in every state now. That begs the question of why fault is an issue at all. Some states give divorcing parties a choice in the type of divorce they want. In some states, you can name grounds for divorce and allegations of fault can influence almost every aspect of a divorce. You can even force a spouse to pay your legal fees if you can show fault, for example.
If a couple decides to go the no-fault route, the main issues that come along with almost all divorces are decided on fairness and equity rather than who cheated on who or who was addicted to drugs. As a refresher, the issues that most divorcing couples must tackle are:
The popularity of no-fault divorce centers on its simplicity and how quickly things are ended. That does not mean there is not a place for divorces that name fault and grounds, however.
Grounds for Fault Divorce
Either party can name specific grounds for divorce and it doesn't necessarily have to be the filing party that does so. You can fight back against fault and grounds, however, and you might need to if a lot is at stake (see above). Some examples of grounds are:
You can use some of the below to counter any of the above grounds:
Divorces that name fault can be lengthy and complicated events. Speak to your divorce lawyer to find out more.
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