irreconcilable differences divorce

Unfortunately, not all marriages work out. Marriages can fail for several reasons. Unfortunately, couples may grow apart and there is no way to save their marriage. In New Jersey, couples can pursue at-fault or no-fault divorces. When there is no hope for reconciliation and there is no one party to blame for the termination for the marriage, couples may pursue a no-fault divorce. However, they must cite irreconcilable differences as grounds for divorce. If divorce is imminent, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our trusted and determined Monmouth County Divorce Attorneys who can help you successfully cite irreconcilable differences as grounds for your divorce.

Can I cite irreconcilable differences for an at-fault divorce?

Couples can only cite irreconcilable differences as grounds for a no-fault divorce. There are several factors that make at-fault divorces different, including the legal grounds on which they can be pursued. When a couple cites irreconcilable differences, it means there is no one party to blame for the dissolution of the marriage. However, in an at-fault divorce, one party’s actions are to blame for the dissolution of the marriage. For a couple to pursue a divorce on the grounds of irreconcilable differences, they must previously agree on critical issues such as property division, alimony, child support, and child custody. No-fault divorces save couples a significant amount of money in legal fees. Additionally, they save couples a substantial amount of time as these types of divorce typically avoid litigation. No-fault divorces can take as short as six months, while at-fault divorces can take up to a year or more to settle. While no-fault divorces must cite irreconcilable differences, at-fault divorces must cite one of the following grounds for divorce in New Jersey:

  • Adultery
  • Cruelty
  • Desertion or abandonment
  • Imprisonment
  • Substance abuse
  • Deviant sexual behavior or conduct
  • Institutionalization

What are some examples of irreconcilable differences?

To reiterate, marriages simply don’t work anymore. Couples over time may grow apart. It is normal for individuals’ interests to change as they age. However, due to this they may not share any common interests with their spouse that bond them anymore. The following are common reasons couples cite irreconcilable differences as grounds for divorce:

  • Lack of shared interests
  • Lack of communication
  • Lack of sexual intimacy
  • Lack of trust
  • Lack of shared household responsibilities
  • Opposing political opinions
  • Financial problems and disagreements
  • Lack of home and work life balance
  • Extended family disputes

Ultimately, there are several potential factors that could cause a marriage to not work anymore. Regardless of the above reasons, irreconcilable differences mean the marriage is not salvageable and the marriage cannot be repaired.

If you are seeking a divorce due to irreconcilable differences, reach out to one of our skilled and knowledgeable attorneys. Our firm is committed to helping our clients successfully end their marriages.