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What are the Grounds for Divorce in Alabama?

Posted by Sam P. Dixon, III | Apr 15, 2024 | 0 Comments

In Alabama, divorce can be granted on both fault-based and no-fault grounds. Here are the grounds for divorce recognized in Alabama:

  1. No-fault grounds:

    • Irretrievable breakdown: Also known as "irreconcilable differences," this is the most common no-fault ground for divorce in Alabama. It essentially means that the marriage is broken beyond repair, and there is no reasonable expectation of reconciliation.
  2. Fault-based grounds:

    • Adultery: One spouse engaging in sexual intercourse with someone other than their spouse.
    • Incarceration: One spouse being sentenced to imprisonment for a certain period (typically more than one year) without parole.
    • Abandonment: One spouse leaving the marital home without justification or consent and staying away for a continuous period of one year or more.
    • Cruelty or abuse: Physical or emotional cruelty or abuse inflicted by one spouse upon the other, making continued cohabitation unsafe or intolerable.
    • Addiction: Habitual drunkenness or drug addiction that makes continued cohabitation intolerable.
    • Incurable insanity: One spouse being declared legally insane by a court or medical authority and being confined in a mental institution for a specified period of time.

These are the primary grounds for divorce in Alabama. It's essential to note that the process and requirements for each ground may vary, so individuals seeking a divorce should consult with a qualified attorney for personalized legal advice. Contact Dixon Law, LLC at (205) 616-8896 to schedule a Free Consultation and learn more how to make sure your rights and interests are represented.

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Sam P. Dixon, III

Mr. Sam P. Dixon, III was born in Mobile, Alabama. The great-grandson of the Alabama Governor, Frank Dixon, Sam has come from a long family history of politics and the legal profession. Mr. Dixon always admired and respected the legal profession and aspired to help people obtain justice and fairn...


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