What are grounds for divorce?

What are the grounds for divorce in New Jersey?

When a couple in New Jersey wants to get divorced, there are many different steps that need to be taken in order to begin the process. Divorce is an emotional, lengthy, and complicated process that requires the assistance of an experienced attorney who can guide you through each step of the way. One of the first things an individual needs to do at the very beginning of the divorce process is to cite grounds for divorce. This simply informs the court the reason you wish to be divorced.

There are several different grounds for divorce that individuals have to choose from when citing their reason. These can include the following:

  • Abandonment
  • Adultery
  • Desertion
  • Extreme cruelty or inhumane treatment
  • Incarceration
  • Institutionalization

It is important to note that New Jersey is a “no-fault” divorce state. This simply means that though you do have the option to cite grounds for divorce if you want to, you don’t actually need to. You can just say that there were irreconcilable differences for at least 18 months prior to filing for divorce, which is enough for the court. If you need assistance beginning the divorce process, it is important to consult with an experienced attorney.

The Law Office of Toby Grabelle, LLC is a family and divorce law firm serving Monmouth County and all of New Jersey that would be happy to assist you in legal counsel. If you need quality legal services, contact the firm for a consultation