What are legal grounds for dissolution or divorce in Missouri?

Thinking about filing for divorce can be enough to raise your stress levels and blood pressure. The idea of needing to go to court and legally separate your life from your spouse’s is not particularly appealing.

You could put off looking into the details of taking action for so long that when you do look into divorce, you may realize you haven’t put yourself in a position to file yet. For example, have you considered what grounds you will claim when filing for divorce? Making that decision will have a profound impact on how you strategize for your divorce proceedings.

What are some of the more common grounds for divorce?

You generally need a reason to file for divorce, which the courts referred to as your grounds for filing. Multiple different family and personal circumstances may provide you with grounds for a divorce.

Adultery is one of the more common reasons for people to file for divorce from their spouses. If you have documentation that your spouse cheated on you, such as receipts from hotel rooms or text messages, that can be a valid reason to file for divorce. So can spousal abuse, criminal activity, addiction and abandonment.

Missouri does offer no-fault divorces

Not everyone who wants to get a divorce goes through something traumatic like physical abuse or discovering infidelity. Some couples just grow apart and are no longer happy with one another. In some circumstances, you may be able to file for a no-fault divorce where you claim irreconcilable differences. However, if your spouse contests your claim and request, you will have to prove that your marriage is beyond saving.

The kind of divorce you file will influence how long it takes to get your divorce, how much it costs, the court’s ruling regarding the division of your property and other factors. Discussing why you want to divorce with a lawyer can help you determine what kind of filing would be right for your situation.


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