What is a no fault divorce in New Jersey?

Divorce is the result of over half of marriages in the United States today. When a couple in New Jersey realizes that their marriage is no longer fulfilling for both spouses, it may be time to consider divorce. In a lot of cases, getting out of a bad marriage can lead to a successful marriage down the road to another person. It is important to do some research about options for divorce prior to filing.

In New Jersey, a couple can opt for a no fault divorce. The only criteria that a couple has to meet in order to have a no fault divorce is that they have had irreconcilable differences or have been separated for at least 18 months before filing. No fault divorces are much more popular than divorces that cite fault grounds because they avoid the possibility of contesting fault before the divorce even begins. Some of the grounds of fault in New Jersey include the following:

  • Addiction
  • Adultery
  • Extreme cruelty or inhumane treatment
  • Deviant sexual conduct
  • Desertion
  • Incarceration
  • Institutionalization for a mental illness

Regardless of whether the individual filing for divorce decides to cite fault grounds, they will have to do so in the Complaint for Divorce. Citing grounds, along with fulfilling a residency requirement, in this document officially begins the divorce process.

If you require strong legal representation for matters of divorce and family law in New Jersey, contact The Law Offices of Paone, Zaleski & Murray to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys today.