Grounds for Divorce
Many states, like New Jersey, recognize that marriages often end through no fault of either party. In these states, they have acknowledged grounds for divorce that are either no-fault or based on a specified type of misconduct. Regardless of the possible grounds for divorce, the process is a complicated one. If you are considering divorce, you should consult with an experienced Jersey City divorce attorney immediately.
Each possible ground for divorce has a specific list of requirements that you have to present to the court, and an attorney can make sure that you have considered all legal options and issues that may come up. Bhatt Law Group has decades of combined experience that we can bring to your case. We will provide you with compassionate representation and listen carefully to all of your concerns. Contact Bhatt Law Group at (201) 798-8000 for a free initial consultation.
No-Fault Divorce Based on “Irreconcilable Differences”
Courts in New Jersey may grant a divorce on no-fault grounds based on a couple’s irreconcilable differences. Under this provision a filing for divorce does not need to claim that one spouse committed misconduct. However, you must still meet several requirements, including:
- You and/or your spouse must have lived in New Jersey for 12 consecutive months before filing for divorce
- You and your spouse must have experienced irreconcilable differences for at least six months
- The alleged differences must have caused marital issues that make the divorce necessary
- There is no reasonable chance for reconciliation
Other Grounds Based on Fault
New Jersey also recognizes specific types of misconduct that qualify as grounds for divorce, including:
- Abandonment that is willful and lasts for at least 12 months
- Physical or mental abuse that poses a danger to your safety or health
- Drug or alcohol addiction
- Deviant sexual conduct without your consent
- Mental illness that results in 24 or more consecutive months of institutionalization
- Incarceration for 18 or more months
- Living separate and apart from your spouse for at least 18 consecutive months
Call a Jersey City Family Law Attorney Today
Ultimately, Bhatt Law Group can help you satisfy the requirements for a divorce filing, regardless of grounds. The statute has different requirements based on what you believe supports your divorce, so consulting with an attorney as early as possible can facilitate a smoother process in light of the other emotional issues involved in a divorce. Bhatt Law Group has family law attorneys who have been helping people with divorce filings in New Jersey since 2006.
Call us today to speak with one of our experienced attorneys at (201) 798-8000 for a free consultation.