Missouri Grounds for Divorce

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

The marriage is irretrievably broken and there is no reasonable likelihood that the marriage can be preserved.

If the spouses file a petition or otherwise have stated under oath that the marriage is irretrievably broken, or one of the spouses has so stated and the other has not denied it, the court shall make a finding whether or not the marriage is irretrievably broken and shall enter an order of dissolution or dismissal accordingly. (Missouri Statutes - Title 30 - Chapter 452 - Sections: 300)

Every dissolution of marriage (divorce) case that is filed in the state of Missouri must declare the grounds in which the dissolution of marriage (divorce) is to be granted. The grounds for dissolution of marriage (divorce) 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 (divorce), or agreeing to a dissolution of marriage (divorce), make sure that you completely understand the grounds and any potential legal repercussions. If you would like to learn more about the Missouri grounds, visit the Missouri state statutes located at: