Types of Divorce in New Jersey
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Some divorces involve messy litigation and battles over matters that divorcing spouses are unable to come to an agreement on. Our team possesses extensive skills in both mediation and litigation, and have successfully helped countless clients both in and out of court. Without effective communication, resolving a divorce can be very difficult. However, when you hire our firm, you can trust that you will have a lawyer representing you that genuinely cares about helping you secure a favorable outcome. Our divorce attorneys guide you through every step of the process.
No-Fault vs. Fault-Based Divorce in New Jersey
In New Jersey, "divorce" and "dissolution" are used interchangeably. The state recognizes no-fault divorces, which are based on irreconcilable differences, as well as fault-based divorces. The type of divorce you file for will depend on numerous factors.
New Jersey allows for no-fault divorces when both spouses want to separate but neither can prove that the other did anything wrong.
Requirements for a no-fault divorce include proving one of the following:
- The couple lived apart for 18 months prior to filing
- The couple must prove irreconcilable differences 6 months prior to filing
In fault-based divorces, one spouse's actions or behavior can be obviously blamed for causing the marriage to fall apart. This may impact the settlment or ruling by a judge.
Some of the common fault-based grounds for divorce in New Jersey are:
- Desertion for at least 12 consecutive months
- Extreme cruelty for at least 3 months prior to the divorce filing
We can help you determine the best route for your marital dissolution.
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