What are New Jersey’s Grounds for Divorce?

When a couple in New Jersey makes the decision that their marriage is no longer successful, they may want to consider filing for divorce. As difficult as this decision is for many people to come to, some couples realize that they might be happier living separate lives. Divorce is often a lengthy process and can be complicated from the very beginning, though this is not always the case. The first step in any divorce is to fulfill the residence requirement as well as determine whether or not they will cite grounds for divorce.

Grounds for divorce allow an individual to cite the reason that they wish to get divorced. If a couple does wish to cite fault, they have several options to choose from. Fault grounds in New Jersey include the following:

  • Adultery
  • Abandonment
  • Desertion
  • Extreme cruelty
  • Incarceration
  • Institutionalization

Though people have the option to cite fault grounds in New Jersey, many people are choosing not to because of the no-fault option. If a person wishes not to cite fault grounds, they will cite either irreconcilable differences for a minimum of 6 months and/or a separation for at least 18 months. Another reason that many people choose no fault is because citing fault grounds can open up additional legal problems for the couple before the divorce even begins.

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