What are grounds for divorce in NJ?

Couples who want to end their marriage through a divorce in New Jersey will have to go through a number of steps before the divorce will be complete. The divorce process can be very complicated and it is important that a person going through divorce should retain the services of an experienced attorney who can help guide you through each step so the divorce can commence successfully. One of the first things that an individual beginning divorce is to establish grounds for divorce. New Jersey courts require that each couple that wishes to get divorced provide a reason why they want to end their marriage, also known as grounds.

Arguably the most common grounds for divorce is simply by citing irreconcilable differences. This means that the couple’s relationship had been deteriorating for at least 6 months with no signs of reconciliation or physical separation for at least 18 months. There are also several other grounds for divorce that include:

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

Of course, you can choose whether you want to cite fault grounds or not, as it is up to your own discretion. However, citing fault grounds rarely have much of an impact on the divorce. If you have questions about starting a divorce, it is important to consult with an experienced attorney who can provide you with assistance.

Ross and Calandrillo, LLC is a full-service divorce, family, and real estate law firm in Mountainside, New Jersey. For strong legal representation in all of your family law matters, contact Ross and Calandrillo, LLC to schedule a consultation.