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Divorce In Indiana: What You Need To Know

Updated: Jul 20, 2020


What are the grounds for divorce in Indiana?



Indiana is a mixed state, which means that you can use either fault or no-fault grounds as the basis for seeking a divorce. The reason you might want to use fault grounds is to gain an advantage in a contested child custody case or a dispute about the division of marital property or the appropriateness or amount of alimony.

A fault divorce may be granted when the required grounds are present and at least one spouse asks that the divorce be granted on the grounds of fault. Only some states allow fault divorces.

The traditional fault grounds are:

  • cruelty (inflicting unnecessary emotional or physical pain) -- this is the most frequently used ground for divorce

  • adultery

  • desertion for a specified length of time