Q) What are the grounds for divorce in New Jersey?
A) Under New Jersey law, a divorce may be granted for any of the following causes:
- Irreconcilable differences (six months of the inability of the parties to get along)
- Willful and continued desertion for 12 or more months. Either physical desertion or refusal to have sexual relations with the other spouse may establish this cause
- Extreme cruelty, including any physical or mental cruelty that endangers your safety or health, or which makes continued living together improper or unreasonable. The law requires, however, that no complaint for extreme cruelty can be filed with the court until at least three months after the last act of cruelty listed in the complaint.
- Separation, if separate and different places of living have been maintained for at least 18 consecutive months or more and there is no reasonable prospect of reconciliation
- Voluntarily induced addiction or habituation to a narcotic drug or habitual drunkenness for 12 or more consecutive months
- Imprisonment of the spouse for 18 or more consecutive months after the marriage was begun. (This cause for divorce can be charged after the defendant’s release from prison only if the husband and wife have not resumed living together after imprisonment ended.)
- Deviant sexual conduct voluntarily performed by the defendant without the consent of the spouse. Incompatibility is not grounds for divorce in New Jersey