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Understanding your rights to divorce in North Dakota

On Behalf of | Nov 14, 2022 | Divorce |

On your wedding day, divorce is the furthest thing from your mind. Unfortunately, marriages break down, and people grow apart for many reasons. 

If you have reached a point where you believe it is time to file for divorce, it is important to make sure you follow the letter of the law. Not only will this help the process move along smoothly, but it can also help you avoid some of the stress and contention that goes along with divorce (in many cases). 

Grounds for divorce

North Dakota is a no-fault divorce state. This means you can file for divorce and cite “irreconcilable differences.” This is like many other states in the U.S.

However, something that isn’t seen in as many states is that you can also sue your spouse for divorce. This is possible in cases of cruelty, adultery and other situations. If you plan to sue for divorce, you will likely need to provide proof of your accusations. 

Additional rules and laws related to a North Dakota divorce

Another element of a North Dakota divorce that is similar to other states is that there is a requirement related to residency (how long you have resided in the state). One spouse must have lived in the state, as a resident, for a minimum of six months before filing for divorce. 

Divorce is rarely a pleasant process. However, knowing your legal rights and options can help you move through the process and get on with your life as quickly as possible. 

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