What are the grounds for divorce in Indiana?
In Indiana, adissolution of marriage (divorce) may be granted on either fault or no-fault grounds. The no-fault ground is the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. Fault grounds are:
In Indiana, at the time of the filing of a petition for dissolution, at least one of the parties must have been:
In Indiana, an alternative to divorce is legal separation. If a court finds that conditions in – or circumstances of – the marriage make it intolerable for the spouses to live together, the judge can decree a legal separation. Residency requirements are the same as for dissolution, and a legal separation may not be granted if a dissolution of marriage has been filed.
In a divorce, the court declares the marriage contract broken; in an annulment, the court says that there never was a marriage. Annulment is much more difficult to prove -- and is much rarer -- than divorce. If you want to go this route, you will definitely need to speak to an Indiana attorney. Of course, if you want an annulment for religious reasons, you'll need to consult with your priest, minister, or rabbi as well.
You'll need to provide your divorce lawyer with the following documentation in order to proceed with your divorce. Start gathering everything as soon as possible so that you can find out what might be missing and submit any requests for duplicates. You'll need both personal data and financial data.
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