Can you ask for a divorce without reason?

On Behalf of | Oct 5, 2021 | Divorce

When you ask your spouse for a divorce, they may ask you why. And the reason that you give them may be something like the fact that you just don’t love them anymore or that you feel like the two of you have been drifting apart. Like any dating relationship, romantic marriages sometimes just run their course and end. 

This makes sense when talking to your spouse, but you may feel like you barely have a reason at all when you get to court. Your spouse isn’t abusive and has always been nice to you. They’re not having an affair, and neither are you. None of the normal reasons for divorce apply. Can you still ask the court for a divorce?

No-fault divorce always allows for a split 

You can, and it’s because of no-fault divorce laws. They recognize that no one has to do anything wrong. The divorce doesn’t have to be anyone’s fault. There doesn’t have to be a reason. Sometimes, relationships end, and no one should be stuck in a marriage that they want to leave just because they can’t provide a reason off a list. 

It’s best not to think of “asking” the court for divorce at all. They’ll grant it. You don’t need permission. You’re telling the court you want a divorce, and they can then help you sort out the details — from who keeps the house to where the children live to who pays child support. But you don’t need their approval or anyone else’s. 

As you move toward the official end of your marriage, just look into your legal options and the steps you need to take.