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Irretrievable Breakdown


Term Definition Irretrievable Breakdown - the legal grounds for no-fault divorce in most states.
Application in Divorce Same as irreconcilable differences.

In the case of uncontested divorce, a couple may have to sign an affidavit that their marriage is "irretrievably broken down." This affidavit is filed in court with a joint petition and separation agreement and then a no-fault divorce is granted.

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