What is a No Fault Divorce?

A no fault divorce, otherwise known as a “unilateral divorce”, assigns no blame to either of the divorcing parties (even if one party initiates the divorce). The good thing about a no fault divorce is that proceedings are often amicable and far more convenient than the messiness of a fault divorce. The main condition of a no fault divorce is that one of the parties must reach the conclusion that the marriage has reached the “point of no return”, of which there is no chance of reparation or reconciliation. Although it may sound a little cold, this alternative is far more efficient, less frustrating for all involved parties, and lays a much stronger personal foundation between you and your ex for future communication. Of course, there is a drawback: depending on your state’s laws, no fault divorce can take from six months to a year for the motion to go through. This is often due to the fact that most states require the couple to live separately for a required amount of time, if they don’t already.

All in all, you are not required to prove that your spouse committed a wrongdoing. While some states simply require that a divorce petition mention that the couple doesn’t get along, other states need to know reasons behind the divorce such as incompatibility, irreconcilable differences, or some kind of disparaging ruin to the marriage. Nowadays, all 50 U.S. states permit couples to file no fault divorces.