What are the most commonly used fault grounds for divorce in Mass?

The most common fault ground for divorce in Massachusetts is Cruel and Abusive Treatment. You need to show that something your spouse knowingly did or didn’t do caused you harm or upset. Acts of physical abuse are cruel and abusive treatment. Sometimes certain forms of mental cruelty may be enough. You have to show it caused you physical harm, for example, your spouse’s drinking and staying out all night caused you headaches and stomach problems.

Another common fault is Desertion. This means your spouse left the marital home voluntarily and without your forcing him/her to leave. He or she left, has no intention of returning home, and has not lived with you for at least one year before the date of your filing the complaint for divorce.

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