What are Grounds for Divorce in New Jersey?
If you live in New Jersey and are considering ending your marriage, then you need to understand what constitutes “grounds for divorce”. Knowledge is power, so if you’re considering divorce, it’s vital that you know exactly how to file. The state of New Jersey has different requirements for a no-fault and fault divorce.
Here is what you need to know about grounds for divorce in New Jersey:
What is a No-Fault Divorce?
Essentially, a no-fault divorce is one where neither party holds the other spouse responsible for the dissolution of the marriage. In New Jersey there are two causes of action that are not based on fault. The more common is Irreconcilable Differences where you only need to show that marital difference have caused a breakdown of the marriage for a six-month-period. The other no fault ground for divorce in New Jersey involves a physical separation period of 18 months.
What is a Fault Divorce?
Generally, a fault divorce is when the spouse filing for divorce claims the other spouse is responsible for the dissolution of the marriage. The filing spouse must cite one or more of the below fault grounds as the reason for the dissolution of the marriage. In New Jersey there are several fault-based grounds for divorce. Most commonly known are likely adultery, extreme cruelty, and desertion, among others.
No-Fault vs. Fault Divorce
While many people gravitate toward the administrative ease of Irreconcilable Differences, there may be instances where a fault-based pleading furthers your case. If you are considering divorcing your spouse, it is important to speak with a divorce lawyer to discuss any and all options that you may have. Filing for divorce properly can mean the difference between a resolution in your favor…or not.
At Lazor Rantas, PC we are prepared to help you navigate the divorce process. If you are considering divorce—or are in the early stages of a divorce—and need an experienced attorney to guide you through the process, contact us today. We proudly serve clients throughout New Jersey as they navigate divorce and other complicated family law matters.