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Fault-based divorce is where one spouse asks for a divorce and must demonstrate that the divorce was caused by the other spouse’s wrong-doing.

Examples of fault-based divorce include where the at-fault spouse committed adultery, abandoned the other spouse, treated the other spouse cruelly, or abused drugs or alcohol. In a fault-based divorce, wrong-doing by one spouse may reduce their entitlement to alimony.

The opposite of a fault-based divorce is a no-fault divorce.

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