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What are some of the additional grounds for divorce in RI?


We are all fairly familiar with the traditional grounds for divorce, “Irreconcilable Differences.” Yet, few if any of us understand that there are eight other categories that can be taken into consideration as grounds for a divorce between two people. And though the cases are extreme where they are called into question, the fact that they exist gives an indication about the direction a divorce case can and sometimes does travel.

To begin, let’s define Irreconcilable Differences as an unworkable breakdown of communication that has caused discourse or disagreement, and taken the marriage to an advanced stage of discord and separation. In addition to this general and catch-all ground for divorce, the following grounds are used in extreme situations where there is physical or substance abuse or worse within the marriage.

According to RIGL Chapter 15-5 Divorce and Separation, Section 15-5-2, the Additional Grounds for Divorce are:

  • Impotency

  • Adultery

  • Extreme cruelty

  • Willful desertion for five years by either party, or for a shorter period of time according to the court’s discretion

  • Continued drunkenness

  • Habitual, excessive and intemperate use of opium, morphine, or chloral

  • Neglect and refusal on the part of the husband to provide necessities for the support of his wife assuming he is of sufficient ability and for at least one year prior to filing for divorce

  • Any other gross misbehavior, repugnant to and in violation of the marriage covenant, by either party

Attorney Rui P. Alves is experienced in all grounds for divorce proceedings and can provide the best possible representation in all matters involving RI Family Court cases. If you are considering a divorce, contact Alves Law for a consultation and discussion regarding whether you have grounds for filing your petition.