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Divorce Grounds in Oklahoma

There are three parties in both a marriage and a divorce which are you, your spouse and the state. Therefore to claim a divorce you have to have an acceptable and valid ground for divorce for the state, to validate your claim for divorce. Like all the states of the US, Oklahoma also has its own divorce grounds. Since Oklahoma has both kinds of divorces, the divorce grounds of Oklahoma are categorized into:

No-Fault Divorce Grounds in Oklahoma

There is only one no-fault divorce ground in Oklahoma, on which no fault divorce is granted, which is:


Husband and wife both have the right to offer divorce, if they feel that they are incompatible and can’t carry on with the marriage.

Fault Divorce Grounds in Oklahoma

Following are the fault divorce grounds in Oklahoma:

Abandonment for One Year

Abandonment by a spouse for one year or more is a valid fault divorce ground in Oklahoma. Divorce will be granted on this divorce ground by the court, if one of the spouses files for it.


Illicit relations with a paramour or adultery are grounds for divorce in Oklahoma. Adultery is the most common divorce ground in Oklahoma.


You can file a petition for divorce if your spouse is impotent. Impotency is a valid divorce ground in Oklahoma.

Extreme Cruelty

Oklahoma has a high percentage of divorces granted on cruel treatment grounds. Cruel treatment includes harassment and physical or verbal abuse.

Pregnancy before Marriage

If a woman is pregnant at the time of marriage by someone else other than the legal husband, her husband can file a petition for divorce on this divorce ground in Oklahoma.

Habitual drunkenness

If a spouse under the influence of drugs like, opium, morphine or cocaine harasses his/her spouse, his or her spouse can bail out by filing for divorce on this ground for divorce in Oklahoma.


According to this divorce ground in Oklahoma, “Imprisonment of the other party in a state or federal penal institution under sentence thereto for the commission of a felony at the time the petition is filed.”

If a person is a prisoner, and his/her spouse does not want to live with him/her, then s/he has the right to get divorce under this divorce ground in Oklahoma.

Permanent and Incurable Insanity

If a spouse is mad or have a mental breakdown which is declared incurable by a certified surgeon, this divorce ground in Oklahoma will help the injured party with bailing out.

Gross Neglect in Duties

Neglect of duties as a spouse is also a fault divorce ground in Oklahoma.

Fraudulent Contract

Fraudulent activities are strictly prohibited in Oklahoma. If a spouse misrepresents him or herself in front of his/her spouse, the victim spouse will be granted divorce under this ground for divorce in Oklahoma.

Contact a professional divorce attorney or divorce lawyer for detailed information regarding divorce grounds in Oklahoma.

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