The following terms are g rounds for a “fault based” divorce in Massachusetts:
- Cruel and Abusive Treatment
This is the most common fault ground. Any prior restraining order should be attached to the divorce complaint as exhibits.
Proof of sexual intercourse outside the marriage is required.
This refers to the inability to perform sexually and not merely the inability to have children.
You must prove that your spouse had the ability to support you and that his or her refusal to provide the necessities of life is gross, wanton, and cruel.
for at least one year. Your spouse must abandon you without justification or provocation.
- Gross and Confirmed Habits of Intoxication
caused by voluntary and excessive use of alcohol or drugs.
- Prison sentence for at least five years
even if the actual time spent in jail is less than five years. You should file a certified copy of the conviction with the court
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