A Catholic of the Coptic Rite has taken the Orthodox to task for what he portrays as confusing and conflicting rules for divorce among the Orthodox Churches.
This is not the case. To set the record straight, please let me present the grounds for divorce from the Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow) and from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
oOo- Grounds for divorce in the Russian Church
adultery and a new marriage of one of the parties
a spouse's falling away from Orthodoxy,
impotence which had set in before marriage or was self-inflicted,
contraction of leprosy or syphilis,
conviction with disfranchisement,
encroachment on the life or health of the spouse,
love affair with a daughter in law,
profiting from marriage,
profiting by the spouse's indecencies,
incurable mental disease,
malevolent abandonment of the spouse,
chronic alcoholism or drug-addiction,
abortion without the husband's consent.
See the 2000 Synodal document
"BASES OF THE SOCIAL CONCEPT
OF THE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH"http://3saints.com/ustav_mp_russ_english.html Grounds for divorce in the Greek Orthodox Church in America
one or both parties is guilty of adultery.
one party is proven to be mad, insane or suffers from a social disease which was not disclosed to the spouse prior to the marriage.
one party has conspired against the life of the spouse.
one party is imprisoned for more than seven years.
one party abandons the other for more than three years without approval.
one partner should be absent from home without the other's approval, except in in stances when the latter is assured that such absence is due to psycho-neurotic illness.
one partner forces the other to engage in illicit affairs with others.
one partner does not fulfill the responsibilities of marriage, or when it is medically proven that one party is physically impotent or as the result of a social venereal disease.
one partner is an addict, thereby creating undue economic hardship. http://www.saintdemetrios.com/OurFaith/Divorce.dsp