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New Jersey: Grounds for Divorce in New Jersey

Each state has unique grounds in which a divorce may be granted by the court. When choosing the grounds for your divorce, you should always remember that you must have sufficient proof to the court that your marital situation warrants a divorce by the grounds you are requesting the divorce to be granted.

Grounds for Filing: The Complaint for Divorce must declare the appropriate New Jersey grounds upon which the divorce is being sought. The appropriate lawful ground will be that which the parties agree upon and can substantiate, or that which the filing spouse desires to prove to the court. The divorce grounds are as follows:

a. Adultery;

b. Willful and continued desertion for the term of 1 year;

c. Extreme cruelty;

d. Separation, provided that the husband and wife have lived separate and apart in different habitations for a period of at least 18 or more consecutive months;

e. Voluntarily induced addiction or habituation to any narcotic drug;

f. Institutionalization for mental illness for a period of 2 years;

g. Imprisonment of the defendant for 18 months;

h. Deviant sexual conduct.

(New Jersey Statutes - Title 2 A - Chapters: 34-2

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If you do not fall under any of the above mentioned grounds for divorce or dissolution, you most likely should consider trying to save your marriage. Many spouses find that they do not meet the requirements of a waiting period, which can be very frustrating, but it is these waiting periods that are in effect in order to help prevent rash decisions to terminate a marriage.

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