Maine Grounds for Divorce

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

A divorce sall be granted for one of the following causes:

No-Fault Based Grounds:
A. Irreconcilable marital differences;  

Fault Based Grounds:
A. Adultery;  B. Impotence;  C. Extreme cruelty;  D. Utter desertion for at least 3 years;  E. Habitual drug or alcohol use;  F. Nonsupport, when one spouse has sufficient ability to provide for the other spouse and grossly, wantonly or cruelly refuses or neglects to provide suitable maintenance for the complaining spouse;  G. Cruel and abusive behavior of one spouse to another;  H. Mental illness medical attention for at least 7 years. (Maine Revised Statutes - Title 19A - Sections: 902)

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