Some of the grounds on which couples can file a petition for no-fault divorce are irreconcilable differences between the parties, incompatibility in many aspects, and irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. The point to remember here is that the no fault divorce laws allowed to end the marriage irrespective of whether the decision is made by one of the parties or both. Prior to no-fault divorce, couple who want a divorce had to prove that their partner was at fault for the marriage breakdown.

In 1989, a study was conducted by Justec Research in Virginia where it was found that out of the total divorces happening on no-fault grounds, in four out of five cases, the decision to end the marriage was made by one partner only. This new divorce law allows a party to get a divorce without any solid reason. This ultimately resulted in an increase in divorce rate in the USA by 20 – 25 percent.