What is a “grounds for divorce”?

Although marriage is often simply recognized as a legally approved relationship between two adults who are “head-over-heels” for each other, it is more importantly recognized as a contract. This contract carries with it significant rights and obligations. Because public policy places great weight on ensuring the success of marriage, and because the termination of the marriage contract can result in serious negative consequences to either spouse or any children born or adopted of the marriage, a spouse needs a reason if he or she wants to terminate the marriage contract. These reasons are called “grounds for divorce.”

Author: Nicole Grejda