What Are the Grounds for Divorce in Ohio?
There are a variety of different grounds listed in the applicable Ohio statute upon which a Court may legally end a marriage by divorce. They include: living separate and apart without interruption or cohabitation for more than one year; incompatibility that is not denied by either party; any gross neglect of duty; extreme cruelty; adultery; habitual drunkenness; the other party being incarcerated at the time the divorce action is initiated; and bigamy. In my experience, the grounds upon which a divorce is granted are rarely, if ever, an issue that has any bearing upon the manner in which other issues incident to the ending of the marriage are resolved. For that reason, the formal grounds upon which a marriage is terminated are usually of little significance.