Idaho Grounds for Divorce

The Complaint for Divorce is the initial document filed with the Idaho court. It is in this document that the filing spouse will request the court to terminate the marriage under certain specified grounds.

Divorces may be granted for any of the following causes:

No-Fault Based Grounds:
1. Irreconcilable differences. 2. Living separate and apart for a period of five years or more without cohabitation.

Fault Based Grounds:
1. Adultery. 2. Extreme cruelty. 3. Wilful desertion. 4. Wilful neglect. 5. Habitual intemperance. 6. Felony conviction 7. Insanity. (Idaho Code - Title 32 - Chapters: 603, 610)

Every divorce case that is filed in the state of Idaho 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 Idaho grounds, visit the Idaho state statutes located at: