What are Grounds for Divorce in Rhode Island?

In Rhode Island, a divorce may be granted if one spouse is presumed dead. A divorce may also be granted on the grounds of impotency, adultery, extreme cruelty, willful desertion for a period of five or more years, continued drunkenness, the habitual and excessive use of certain drugs, the neglect and refusal of one spouse to provide for the other if the spouse is able to so provide, any gross behavior or wickedness that is repugnant to and in violation of the marriage contract, or irreconcilable differences. (Rhode Island Statutes Title 15 Domestic Relations, Chapter 15-5 Divorce and Separation, Sections 1, 2 and 3.1)

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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