No-Fault Divorce in New Jersey | What to Know

If you are getting divorced, there is likely a lot on your mind. One of the first things you will have to consider is how you want to file for divorce. The way in which you file can have a large impact on how your divorce goes. New Jersey is a no-fault state, which is a route many couples choose to take. Read on to learn more about no-fault divorce in New Jersey.

New Jersey’s Fault Grounds

In New Jersey, you can file for divorce citing fault grounds. You can cite the following as grounds for your divorce:

  • Adultery
  • Addiction
  • Extreme cruelty
  • Deviant sexual conduct
  • Incarceration
  • Institutionalization for mental illness

But, the majority of couples choose a no-fault divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.

What is the Difference Between a Fault vs No-Fault Divorce?

When you cite irreconcilable differences, it means that the marriage no longer works and is beyond repair. This cannot be contested. Additionally, you will not have to provide proof. For example, if you file on the grounds of adultery, you may need to provide proof of this adultery. A no-fault divorce is generally a faster, less expensive, and more private option. If you are unsure about how you should be filing for divorce, contact our firm today to discuss your situation.

Different Resolution Options

In addition to choosing fault grounds, you will also have to determine how you want to settle your divorce. Many agree that it is best for couples to settle their divorces outside of the court. To do this, you may want to turn to mediation. During mediation, a third party may help couples navigate and agree upon any outstanding matters. Sometimes, settling a divorce outside of court is not possible, leading to litigation. Litigation means a judge will make equitable decisions regarding your case. These decisions can be appealed by you or your spouse.

If you are considered getting divorced, you will need the help of an experienced attorney. We understand how difficult this time can be and we are here to walk you through the process and act as your advocate every step of the way. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to our firm and speak with a skilled divorce attorney.

Contact our Firm

We understand that those getting a divorce most likely have several questions regarding the weeks and months to come. Paris P. Eliades Law Firm, LLC is honored to serve the people of New Jersey, including Sparta, Sussex County, Morris County, Passaic County, and Bergen County with the quality legal services they deserve. If you are getting a divorce or have any other questions regarding divorce-related matters, please do not hesitate to contact our firm for a consultation today.