Alaska Grounds for Divorce

The Petition for Dissolution of Marriage is the initial document filed with the Alaska court. It is in this document that the filing spouse will request the court to terminate the marriage under certain specified grounds.

A dissolution of marriage may be granted for any of the following grounds:

No-Fault Based Grounds:

Fault Based Grounds:
(1) Failing to consummate the marriage at the time of the marriage and continuing at the commencement of the action; (2) adultery; (3) Felony conviction; (4) wilful desertion for a period of 1 year; (5) cruel and inhuman treatment; (6) habitual dunkeness; (7) incurable mental illness and being confined to a mental facility for a period of 18 months; (8) drug addiction. (Alaska Dissolution Statutes- Sections: 25.24.200, 25-24-050

Every divorce case that is filed in the state of Alaska must declare the grounds in which the divorce is to be granted. The grounds for divorce must be substantiated with evidence or testimony otherwise the court may dismiss the case. When you are petitioning the court for a divorce, or agreeing to a divorce, make sure that you completely understand the grounds and any potential legal repercussions. If you would like to learn more about the Alaska grounds, visit the Alaska state statutes located at: