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Can You Cite Irreconcilable Differences to Divorce in Indiana?

There is a lot to digest and do when filing for divorce. One necessary action item is establishing the grounds for which the divorce should proceed. In popular culture, these days, it has become commonplace to hear celebrities and other well-known personalities file for divorce citing “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the dissolution of the marriage. What this means is, essentially, that the marriage cannot be salvaged. 

If you and your spouse are ready to divorce or if you alone want to divorce your spouse you may have many questions about the process and how to proceed. Each state in the country has its own guidelines and rules governing divorce. In Indiana, Christopher L. Arrington is an Indianan divorce attorney that can answer your questions and help you through each step of the process.

What are Irreconcilable Differences?

When it becomes clear that marriage can no longer work and there is no way to save it, divorce may be the next step. Indiana is not a fault or no-fault state when it comes to divorce. 

Fault divorces are those where there is clear wrongdoing or one party in the union was responsible for the divorce happening. Some instances where a fault divorce may be applicable and acceptable by the state of Indiana include:

  • Physical or mental abuse
  • Debilitating drug addition
  • Alcohol dependency and repetitive drunkenness
  • One spouse was already married
  • The marriage is between second cousins
  • Adultery
  • One spouse is convicted of a felony
  • Willful desertion

In a no-fault divorce, neither party is to blame for the termination of the marriage. No-fault divorces are permitted in Indiana, and as a result, the married couple does not have to provide specific reasons for the breakdown of their marriage. In this way, irreconcilable differences or the like can be used and accepted as a means for why the divorce is taking place.

When a marriage happens between two people, a bond and a joining of two separate individuals is the end result. Each of these people brings their own ideologies, philosophies, habits, world views, opinions, and unique ways about them to the marriage. These unique factors are what make up who someone is, and if one person meshes well with another person’s distinct persona, the two have a good chance that they will be able to grow together fittingly. In other situations, these things can become great points of contention and then fissures in a relationship. Because the characteristics that make up a person are so intrinsic, completely changing any one of them is almost impossible.

A disagreement that cannot be overcome on such serious and personal issues as one’s religion or viewpoint on raising children, for example, can be unrepairable. These vast divides can easily lead to the destruction of a marriage. In this sense, it is not the fault of one party in the marriage or the other. It is more so coming to a point where there can be no mutual understanding or concessions made that can fix the differences.

Speak to an Indiana Divorce Attorney Today

Indiana does recognize irreconcilable differences as legitimate grounds for divorce, and if this is the situation you are in with your spouse, then it is likely there is nothing to be done that can repair your marriage. Irreconcilable differences are a no-fault means for divorce. To learn more about divorce in Indiana, please call the Danville divorce lawyer Christopher L. Arrington to schedule a free consultation at (317) 745-4494.

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