Is it a ground for divorce if a couple does not have any sexual intercourse? 33 Answers as of June 27, 2013

I never had any sexual intercourse with my husband, and I want to file a divorce.

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DEAN T. JENNINGS, P.C.
DEAN T. JENNINGS, P.C. | Dean T Jennings
Iowa is a no fault state, you don't need a reason. You just file and say that " that there has been a breakdown of the marriage to the extent that the legitimate objects of matrimony cannot be preserved".
Answer Applies to: Iowa
Replied: 10/4/2012
Steven Alpers | Steven Alpers
The two grounds are irreconcilable differences and insanity.To prove insanity you would have to hire a psychiatrist and it would not be worth the money.Just go with irreconcilable differences.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 9/26/2012
Donaldson Stewart, PC
Donaldson Stewart, PC | Monica H. Donaldson Stewart
The only grounds for divorce in Arizona is that "the marriage is irretrievably broken with no reasonable prospect of reconciliation." For purposes of filing divorce, your sexual relationship with your spouse is not relevant.
Answer Applies to: Arizona
Replied: 9/25/2012
Pollock & Associates LLC | Candice Ragsdale-Pollock, CWL
You may wan to file for an Annulment, based on the grounds of failure to consumate the marriage.
Answer Applies to: Utah
Replied: 9/23/2012
James T. Weiner & Associates, P.C.
James T. Weiner & Associates, P.C. | James T. Weiner
In Michigan you do not need ANY grounds for divorce. You can divorce him whether or not you had intercourse.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 9/23/2012
    Law Office of Lynda H. LeBlanc
    Law Office of Lynda H. LeBlanc | Lynda Leblanc
    Indiana is a no fault state. If you want a divorce, you get a divorce, no reason needed. However, if you have never consummated the marriage you may be eligible for an annulment.
    Answer Applies to: Indiana
    Replied: 9/23/2012
    Law Office of Melvin Franke | Melvin Franke
    Yes or an annulment.
    Answer Applies to: Missouri
    Replied: 9/23/2012
    Law Office of Lenore Tsakanikas, PLLC
    Law Office of Lenore Tsakanikas, PLLC | Lenore Tsakanikas
    Arizona is no fault state. You do not have to have a reason to file for divorce. Good luck.
    Answer Applies to: Arizona
    Replied: 9/23/2012
    John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law
    John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law | John Kirchner
    In Colorado you do not need "grounds" other than to say the marriage is irretrievably broken. Depending on the reasons for no sex and how long it has been since marriage it might be possible to obtain a "declaration of invalidity", which is the modern version of an annulment. You should consult an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 9/23/2012
    Law Office of Annette M. Cox, PLLC
    Law Office of Annette M. Cox, PLLC | Annette M. Cox
    Arizona is a no fault state. You do not have to have a reason to seek a divorce.
    Answer Applies to: Arizona
    Replied: 9/23/2012
    Victor Varga | Victor Varga
    You could allege desertion/abandonment, but you still have to separate for 1 year before you can file.
    Answer Applies to: Maryland
    Replied: 9/23/2012
    Lewis, Pfanstiel & Williams, PCLO
    Lewis, Pfanstiel & Williams, PCLO | Ryan J. Lewis
    Nebraska is a no fault divorce state. You not not need a reason to get a divorce.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 9/23/2012
    R. Jason de Groot, P.A
    R. Jason de Groot, P.A | R. Jason de Groot
    If the marriage was not consummated, it could be an annulment, but it is probably better to file a divorce. The grounds are that the marriage is irretrievably broken, no matter what the reason.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 9/23/2012
    Law Office of Joan M. Canavan | Joan Canavan
    You can file to have your marriage annulled as the marriage was never consummated.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 9/23/2012
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC | John F Brennan
    It is grounds for annulment. No grounds are necessary in Michigan which is a no fault state.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 9/23/2012
    Law Office of Stephen P. Kelly
    Law Office of Stephen P. Kelly | Stephen P. Kelly
    Impotency is a grounds for divorce. However, Massachusetts also allows divorce for 'irretrievable breakdown", which is often referred to as "no fault" divorce. Divorces for cause are rarely pursued today. The vast majority of marriages are dissolved under no-fault provisions regardless of whether grounds exist. Depending on your circumstances, you may also want to consider annulment.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 9/23/2012
    Glenn E. Tanner
    Glenn E. Tanner | Glenn E. Tanner
    In Washington you don't need "grounds."
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 9/23/2012
    Michael Apicella
    Michael Apicella | Apicella Law and Mediation
    If you are in CA, you don't need a reason to file for divorce. CA is a no-fault divorce State.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/23/2012
    Ezim Law Firm | Dean Esposito
    Louisiana is a no fault divorce state so you do not need to plead fault in order to obtain a divorce. You simply need to state that you intend to live separate and apart for the requisite time period.
    Answer Applies to: Louisiana
    Replied: 9/23/2012
    Castro, Rivera & Associates | Sandra Rivera
    Florida is a no fault state so you can cite irreconcilable differences as you're reason and that will suffice.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 9/23/2012
    John Russo | John Russo
    Never? If you live in a no fault jurisdiction you can get a divorce for just about anything.
    Answer Applies to: Rhode Island
    Replied: 9/23/2012
    The Law Office of Cathy R. Cook
    The Law Office of Cathy R. Cook | Cathy R. Cook
    Never having sexual intercourse in a marriage is a ground for annulment, which means the marriage would be voided as if it never existed. This would mean you would receive no property. Generally, an annulment request occurs early in a marriage so the lack of division of property is not relevant. You did not say how long you've been married.
    Answer Applies to: Ohio
    Replied: 9/23/2012
    Danville Law Group | Scott Jordan
    In California, you do not need grounds for divorce. You also do not need his permission. If you want a divorce, for "irreconcilable differences", you will get one.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/23/2012
    Mary W Craig P.C. | Mary W Craig
    States now have no-fault divorces where you can just claim incompatibility and get a divorce. For some religions, failure to consummate a marriage is grounds for an annulment, and that can be grounds for annulment in some states as well. Contact a family law attorney in your area to find out what the requirements are for an annulment or divorce and how you need to proceed. If you are not having intercourse because your husband is impotent, and he did not tell you that prior to marriage, that may also be a ground for annulment.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 9/23/2012
    Wolfstone, Panchot & Bloch, P.S., Inc.
    Wolfstone, Panchot & Bloch, P.S., Inc. | Mark Brown
    In Washington, you do not need any grounds to obtain a divorce.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 9/23/2012
    Masson Law Office
    Masson Law Office | Robin Abrahamson Masson
    If the lack of sexual intercourse has gone on for more than 6 months, it can qualify as "irretrievable breakdown of the marriage for a period of 6 months or more prior to the commencement of the divorce action." If it has gone on for a year or more, it could qualify as "constructive abandonment. " You still have to resolve the issues of support, division of marital property, and if you have children, custody, but you're on your way.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 9/23/2012
    Grace Law Offices of John F Geraghty Jr.
    Grace Law Offices of John F Geraghty Jr. | John F. Geraghty, Jr.
    There are 13 differnt grounds for Divorce but the most common is the marriage is irretrievably broken
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 9/23/2012
    Attorney at Law | Michael P. Vollandt
    You can file for a dissolution of marriage on two alternative theories. (1) the marriage was not consummated and (2) there are irreconcilable differences. Take your pick.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/23/2012
    Attorney at Law | Sepehr Omrani
    In California, you need not have a reason for divorce. California is a "no fault" state which means you can divorce you spouse for "irreconcilable differences".
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/23/2012
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