Nebraska Grounds for Divorce

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

The court will grant a dissolution of marriage according to the following grounds:

No Fault Based Grounds:
Irretrievable breakdown of the marriage.

Fault Based Grounds:
Evidence which indicates that either party is mentally ill and lacks the ability to consent to a dissolution of marriage. This includes temporary incapacity caused by alcohol and drug abuse. (Nebraska Statutes - Chapter 42 - Sections: 361, 362)

Every dissolution of marriage case that is filed in the state of Nebraska 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 Nebraska grounds, visit the Nebraska state statutes located at: