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Is North Dakota a No-Fault Divorce State?

The divorce process is an extremely emotional time for not only the couple but the entire family as well, especially when faced with the legal process as well. It is essential to have a basic understanding of the divorce laws in North Dakota. First, North Dakota is a no-fault state, but there are grounds for divorce that are fault-based, irreconcilable differences are enough in the state.

No-Fault vs. Fault

North Dakota allows no-fault and fault-based divorces. A no-fault divorce means that a divorce is granted without the need to establish the fault of either spouse for causing the end of the marriage. Grounds for a no-fault divorce in North Dakota can simply be "irreconcilable differences", or similar grounds.

A fault divorce is when there is a specific reason, or grounds, for the divorce. This means one of the spouses was at fault for the divorce.

What are the Grounds for Divorce?

In North Dakota, there are seven acceptable grounds for divorce. Grounds are reasons for which a court will grant a divorce.

The North Dakota Grounds for divorce include:

  • Adultery
  • Extreme cruelty
  • Willful desertion
  • Willful neglect
  • Alcohol and/or controlled substance abuse
  • Felony conviction
  • Irreconcilable differences

If you are going through a divorce, Circling Eagle Law is here to help. Our divorce lawyers understand how important your family is, which is why we will do everything we can to protect you and your family's rights.

Contact our Fargo divorce lawyers today at (701) 401-7404.


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