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The existence of significant differences between a married couple that are so great and beyond resolution as to make the marriage unworkable, and for which the law permits a Divorce.
A divorce premised on the ground of irreconcilable differences is considered a no-fault divorce since there is no need to establish that one party is more responsible or at fault for the end of the marriage than the other.
n. the usual basis for granting a divorce (dissolution) in no-fault divorce states. If one party says the marriage is irretrievable and refuses to reconcile then such differences are proved to exist. (See: divorce, no fault divorce)
irreconcilable differencesnoun complete alienation, complete intractability, immovability, immovable resolution, immutability, incurableness, inexxrable positions, intransigence, irreparableness, irreversibility, irrevocability, obduracy, rigidity, rigorism, ruined relationship, total inflexibility, unmoved positions, unyieldingness
Associated concepts: divorce, no fault divorce
See also: difference, incompatibility