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Does Indiana recognize divorce by abandonment?

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Does the state of Indiana recognize divorce by abandonment? Filed and served twice but she refuses to sign. It has been 16 years.
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Roger replied 2 months ago.
No, Indiana law doesn't recognize most fault-based grounds for divorce. Instead, the only fault-based grounds are
(1) if your spouse was convicted of a felony after you were married,
(2) if he’s been diagnosed as incurably insane and has shown no signs of recovery for two years, or
(3) if you married him only to find out he was impotent. If none of those circumstances apply, you must file on the no-fault ground of “irretrievable breakdown of the marriage.”
Also, your spouse doesn't have to agree to the divorce. As long as you claim that the marriage is irrevocably broken, that's all that matters. Here's a good link you can read:
So, you can sue for divorce, get her served and then proceed with the dissolution.