North Dakota Grounds for Divorce

The Complaint for Divorce is the initial document filed with the North Dakota 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. The marital situation under this ground must be substantial enough for not continuing the marriage.

Fault Based Grounds:
1. Adultery. 2. Extreme cruelty. 3. Willful desertion. 4. Willful neglect. 5. Drug and alcohol abuse. 6. Conviction of felony. (North Dakota Century Code - Volume 3A - Chapters: 14-05-03)

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