divorce bed and board

Divorces in the U.S. have been stigmatized for centuries, forcing married couples to stay married for the sake of social acceptance. However, certain jurisdictions have developed an alternative procedure that helps with this issue. In New Jersey, there is no legal separation process, instead, they allow married couples to seek a divorce from bed and board. Essentially, a divorce from bed and board can be filed on the same grounds as a traditional divorce would, but the couple is still legally married. Many couples choose this option because they want to separate but aren’t ready for a full divorce just yet. If you may be interested in this divorce procedure, contact a qualified Monmouth County Divorce Attorney who can assist you through the process.¬†

How does a divorce from bed and board work?

A divorce from bed and board is also known as a “limited divorce.” Typically, a married couple will seek this option to legally separate, meaning, they will live in separate homes. However, married couples who choose this option can remain living in the same house if they please. This type of divorce can only be chosen if both parties consent to it. Married couples have to decide how to divide marital assets. If they cannot come to an agreement the court will then decide how they are distributed.

Why do married couples choose this type of divorce?

There are several reasons why married couples seek this alternative route to divorce. Some of those reasons include:


Religion is one of the main reasons married couples seek this type of divorce. Certain religions restrict divorce. Couples stay together only for the sake of their religious oaths. This type of divorce helps couples stay legally married but allows them to live separately if they desire.

Health Insurance Policy

Health insurance is extremely expensive in today’s society. Individuals may find it difficult to pay for their own. In New Jersey, if a couple proceeds with this type of divorce, they may stay on the supporting spouse’s health insurance policy. The dependent spouse could be covered by the supporting spouse’s health insurance provided by their employer if they meet the requirements. Health insurance is not affordable for many individuals. Married couples may seek this option for the sake of their health care.


Several married couples may wish to separate, but not divorce, in hope of resolving their differences. It is not uncommon for those who choose this method to change their minds. They will have the court revoke or suspend the judgment. Married couples seek this option because if they go down the traditional route, you cannot revoke the judgment.


Married couples may seek this option to financially separate themselves. This economic separation could benefit both parties. It is common for married couples to struggle with financial issues. This option allows them to stay together, but break off any financial ties.

If this method of divorce seems like the right fit for your situation, don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our experienced attorneys. We can help get the ball rolling.