Grounds for Divorce in NJ

When a couple feels as though their marriage is on the rocks but has little chance of being repaired, they may consider filing for divorce. This is often a very emotional time for both spouses, as no one expects that their marriage will fall victim to the statistic of 50 percent of all marriages ending in divorce. With that said, some couples may realize that they are much happier apart than they are together and need to get divorced in order to seek a better future individually.

When it comes time for a couple to begin the divorce proceedings, one party will need to cite grounds for divorce when they file the initial complaint. In New Jersey, the individual has the option to cite fault grounds for divorce or use the more popular method of citing no-fault grounds. No fault grounds include irreconcilable differences for at least 6 months or a separation for at least 18 months prior to filing.

Some individuals still choose to cite fault grounds. There are several fault grounds that one can cite, including adultery, abandonment, addiction, extreme cruelty, deviant sexual conduct, incarceration, or institutionalization.

It is important to note that fault grounds may result in legal trouble before the case can even begin and they have a fairly little impact on the divorce. If you have questions about divorce, contact our firm today.

If you require strong legal representation for matters related to divorce or family law, Haber Silver & Simpson is here to help. We proudly represent clients in Morris County and throughout the state of New Jersey. Contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.