Indiana Grounds for Divorce

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

Dissolution of marriage shall be granted by a court on one of the following grounds:

No Fault Based Grounds:
(1) Irretrievable breakdown of the marriage.

Fault Based Grounds:
(1) Felony conviction. (2) Impotence, existing at the time of the marriage. (3) Incurable insanity for at least 2 years. (Indiana Code - Title 31 - Article 15 - Chapters: 2-3)

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