Can a sexless marriage lead to divorce?

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There are some things that you enjoy as a family, such as trips and running a home. There are also more intimate aspects of a relationship that you experience only with your partner: sex.

According to the law, if you’re able to prove that your married life is devoid of sexual activity, it can be used as a reason for divorce.

Here is everything you need to know about sexless marriages.
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  • Impotence

Male impotence is accepted as grounds of Annulment of marriage. It is when a man is unable to sustain an erection during sex.


This is when one has no lacks sexual desire and does not display the willingness to participate in sexual activities. It tends to be more familiar with women than men.


Abstinence is the practice of restraining oneself from indulging in sexual activity. A couple may mutually decide to have a platonic relationship, or one of the partners may choose to practice permanent sexual abstinence.

If sexual abstinence is temporary, it is not grounds for divorce. However, if the purpose of sobriety is to punish or exact revenge, it can be used as grounds for annulment.  The court will, however, require proof that the spouse is refusing to counsel to help with matters.

Should you file for divorce/annulment if you’re in a sexless marriage?

Divorce is a decision that can only be made by the couple. In the end, it all depends on how big a problem it is for the couple and whether or not there is a willingness to change.


If the impotence is caused by any ailment acquired after the marriage, it would not be considered as grounds for divorce. Certain types of cancers also cause impotence which would not be considered legal for an annulment.

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