Search Site

What Does the Term “Irreconcilable Differences” Mean?

The majority of divorces are filed on the grounds of “irreconcilable differences.” But what exactly does that mean?

Essentially, the “irreconcilable differences” grounds for divorce is used when filing a no-fault divorce. This means neither spouse intends to prove the other spouse was at fault or committed some form of wrongdoing that resulted in the end of the marriage. Instead, the couple has simply grown apart for a variety of reasons to the point where the marriage is no longer salvageable.

No-fault divorce background

In a no-fault divorce, the parties acknowledge the marriage cannot be fixed, and neither party is solely to blame. At one point all divorces had to have fault-based grounds, but over the decades the court systems moved away from fault requirements to allow no-fault “irreconcilable differences” divorces to go through and let people get out of bad marriages.

The nature of no-fault divorces and their lack of accusations makes them likely to be less contentious, which will likely save parties involved both time and money. It also spares children of the couple from having to watch their parents engage in a legal battle over fault-based grounds.

No-fault divorces are not, however, the same as uncontested divorces. In a no-fault divorce, parties get divorced because they do not want to be married. In an uncontested divorce, the parties agree on grounds for divorce and all the terms of the divorce.

To learn more about the process of filing for divorce, contact a trusted Minnesota divorce lawyer at Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A.

Our Attorneys
Client testimonials
  • "Tori had a thorough understanding of my situation and made excellent recommendations to resolve my concerns. She was persistent on communication and handled everything in a very timely manner. I would definitely hire her again in the future if needed." - M.K.

  • "With Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A., it is like having a family physician. They are all knowledgeable, thorough, comforting, and the only call I need to make for all my legal needs for many years to come. No matter what the matter, I totally trust their advice and commitment to me and my family." - J.N.

  • "Mary from APH Law helped me thru a difficult divorce. She and the entire staff was there for me every step of the way helping me on what to do next. They listened to what I wanted and helped me achieve what matter the most to me in the divorce settlement." - Dana C.

  • "I chose APH after my initial consultation with Mary. I felt my best interest would be represented. The entire process went excellent, the attorneys and staff communicated effectively and efficiently with me throughout the process as they needed to. Being new to the legal process and verbiage, they walked me and talked me through the next steps and the jargon, I felt completely comfortable and represented. I hope I never have to use legal services again but if I do I will call Mary at APH Law and know that I will be taken care of." - Jeff M.

  • "Divorce is a time of emotion and stress. Mary Pfeifer , My lawyer was professional and compassionate. She was very informative through the process. Her insight helped me in my decisions. She worked hard to obtain a settlement which was fair to both parties.Though, I hope I won't need her help again. It is reassuring to know a good person that is willing to help." - Rod S.

  • "I first came to Ms. Jacquelyn Lutz of Appelhof, Pfeifer and Hart in October of 2016. It was definitely the worst time in my life and she compassionately spoke with me about my options. Ms. Lutz thoroughly explained the laws, statutes, process and what to expect going forward. What was supposed to be one case, turned into three intricate cases that took a huge toll on me and my family. Ms. Lutz represented me in court on all three cases with a vast knowledge of the laws and how to proceed accordingly. During all three cases she kept me informed, calm, gave me resources to utilize, and (most important) gave me a realistic view of what may come next. Ms. Lutz knew each case required a great deal of knowledge and creative thinking on how to legally proceed forward with each case. My family and friends are forever grateful for the amazing representation by Ms. Lutz. I highly recommend Ms. Lutz for anyone needing or considering superb representation for any kind of family law. " - M.H.


Contact us

Quick Contact Form