Definition of Irreconcilable Differences

After the implementation of no fault laws in states in the 1970’s and 1980’s, states allowed for couples to divorce for reasons such as irreconcilable differences. Irreconcilable differences allow spouses to divorce without proving the spouse did anything wrong; couples must simply prove they can no longer be married due to a conflict of personality, financial difficulties which cannot be overcome, distrust, constant fighting, irreversible antagonistic feelings, differences in interests, religious differences, differences in how to rear children, differences in political ideals or a long-term separation. Consider, however, this list is not exhaustive. There are many reasons for divorce that can be considered irreconcilable differences.

Although grounds for divorce must be stated on a divorce petition, getting a divorce is much easier with the implementation of no fault laws. Filing the divorce petition, however, is just the first step. Spouses who are planning to divorce must also agree on distribution of marital property, child support, and spousal support. Talk to a divorce lawyer if you have questions about the divorce process or what you will have to do to get a divorce in your state.

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