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Legal Information: Alabama


Laws current as of September 1, 2023

What are the grounds for divorce in Alabama?

Grounds are legally acceptable reasons for a divorce. A divorce in Alabama may be granted for any of the following reasons:

  1. your spouse cheats on you (adultery);
  2. your spouse has abandoned you for a period of at least one year immediately before filing for divorce;
  3. your spouse is imprisoned for two years and the sentence is seven years or longer;
  4. your spouse has committed a “crime against nature, whether with mankind or beast,” either before or after getting married;
  5. your spouse becomes addicted to alcohol, opium, morphine, cocaine, or a similar drug after getting married;
  6. the judge determines that you and your spouse are completely incompatible and can no longer live together;
  7. your spouse has been confined to a mental hospital for five years in a row and, according to the director of the mental hospital, s/he is incurably insane;
  8. there has been a complete breakdown of the marriage and reconciliation is impractical or pointless and not in the best interest of the spouses or the children;
  9. the husband files for divorce because he did not know that the wife was pregnant at the time of the marriage and he is not the father of the child;
  10. your spouse has committed an act of violence that threatens your life or health or when his/her conduct creates a reasonable fear of such violence;
  11. when the wife has lived separate and apart from the husband without any financial support for a period of two years before filing for divorce and the wife has resided in Alabama during that time;1 or
  12. at the time of the marriage, your spouse was impotent, which is explained in the law as “physically and incurably incapacitated from entering into the marriage state”.2

1 Ala. Code § 30-2-1
2 Ala. Code § 30-2-1(a)(1); see Anonymous, 89 Ala. 291, 7 So. 100 (1890)