What are the Grounds for Divorce in New Jersey?

In New Jersey, a divorce may be granted for any of the following causes: adultery, desertion or 12 or more months, extreme cruelty, separation for at least 18 consecutive months without a reasonable likelihood of reconciliation, voluntary drug addiction or habitual drunkenness for 12 or more consecutive months subsequent to marriage and before filing the complaint, mental illness, imprisonment for 24 or more consecutive months provided that a divorce petition is not brought until the completion of the sentence and the spouses do not resume cohabitation, deviant sexual conduct by the defendant without the consent of the plaintiff, or irreconcilable differences that have caused the breakdown of the marriage for a period of six months and which make it appear that the marriage should be dissolved and that there is no reasonable prospect of reconciliation. (New Jersey Statutes Title 2A, Section 34-2)

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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