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Rhode Island Grounds for Divorce

Rhode Island divorce courts accept both no fault and fault grounds when filing divorce.

When a couple is filing for no fault divorce, it must be because irreconcilable differences have caused the breakdown of the marriage that is irreversible or the couple has been living separate and apart without cohabitation for at least three years.

Fault divorce grounds the Rhode Island divorce court accept include:

  • Impotency
  • Adultery
  • Extreme cruelty
  • Habitual drunkenness or drug abuse
  • Willful desertion for five years - may be shorter if the court believes it's a valid amount of time to terminate a marriage
  • Neglect and refusal for one year before filing the divorce petition
  • Any other gross misbehavior in violation of the marriage covenant

Learn more about what to include in your divorce petition by speaking with a local Rhode Island divorce lawyer. Get legal advice about handling the divorce process and find out about other state divorce requirements, such as the Rhode Island residency requirement and Rhode Island divorce waiting periods.

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The above synopsis of Rhode Island divorce laws is by no means all-inclusive and has been adapted from applicable state laws. These laws may have changed since our last update and there may be additional laws that apply in your situation. For the latest information on these divorce laws, please contact a local Rhode Island divorce attorney in your area.

Rhode Island divorce laws were last updated July 2009.

Note: Keep in mind that all divorce laws are complex. If you need legal divorce advice or want to fully understand how these laws affect you, please speak with a local divorce attorney.