Filing no-fault has many advantages: It takes a contentious issue off the table and allows couples a greater level of privacy. This often sets an amicable tone for the divorce proceedings that allows for a swifter resolution on the remaining issues. However, petitioners may have personal or pragmatic reasons for citing grounds. An abused spouse may want vindication. A member of a community that disfavors divorce may feel the need to put certain justifications on record. Some parties may also choose to bring a spouse's destructive behavior before the court in the hopes of influencing decisions on property distribution, child custody or spousal maintenance. What works in some cases may not work in others, so you should be sure to consult an experienced divorce lawyer before deciding to make grounds part of your divorce strategy.