grounds for

*grounds for something

the basis or cause for legal action such as a lawsuit. (*Typically: be ~ become ∼.) Your negligence is grounds for a lawsuit. Is infidelity grounds for divorce in this state?
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The following is a partial summary of what canon law sets forth as grounds for the annulment of marriage:
Two of the most common grounds for annulment--"lack of due discretion of judgment" and "incapacity to assume the obligations of marriage"--are known as psychological grounds because they explicitly deal with a person's psychological state.
What, then, is the picture for a successful marriage that the grounds for annulment paint for us?
Refunds of all possible overpayments should be demanded and all possible grounds for recovery should be stated in the refund claim; even weak grounds should be included.
Choosing a favorite tree is tough when you're surrounded by so many beautiful specimens, says Gail Griffin, superintendent of gardens and grounds for Dumbarton Oaks.