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There is no longer a requirement that parties be separated to file a no fault divorce. You can still be living with your spouse and file on the grounds of irreconcilable differences. What this means is you tell the court that you cannot get along and have not been able to get along for more than six months and you no longer want to be married to your spouse. Under this New Jersey Divorce Statute, most people can file for divorce.

What are other reasons that I Can Get Divorced?

​Here are the reasons that you can get divorced under New Jersey Divorce Law:

NJSA § 2A:34-2. Causes for divorce from bond of matrimony

Divorce from the bond of matrimony may be adjudged for the following causes heretofore or hereafter arising:

  1. Adultery;
  2. Willful and continued desertion for the term of 12 or more months, which may be established by satisfactory proof that the parties have ceased to cohabit as man and wife;
  3. Extreme cruelty, which is defined as including any physical or mental cruelty which endangers the safety or health of the plaintiff or makes it improper or unreasonable to expect the plaintiff to continue to cohabit with the defendant; provided that no complaint for divorce shall be filed until after 3 months from the date of the last act of cruelty complained of in the complaint, but this provision shall not be held to apply to any counterclaim;
  4. 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 and there is no reasonable prospect of reconciliation; provided, further that after the 18-month period there shall be a presumption that there is no reasonable prospect of reconciliation;
  5. Voluntarily induced addiction or habituation to any narcotic drug as defined in the New Jersey Controlled Dangerous Substances Act, P.L.1970, c.226 [C.24:21-1 et seq.] or habitual drunkenness for a period of 12 or more consecutive months subsequent to marriage and next preceding the filing of the complaint;
  6. Institutionalization for mental illness for a period of 24 or more consecutive months subsequent to marriage and next preceding the filing of the complaint;
  7. Imprisonment of the defendant for 18 or more consecutive months after marriage, provided that where the action is not commenced until after the defendant’s release, the parties have not resumed cohabitation following such imprisonment;
  8. Deviant sexual conduct voluntarily performed by the defendant without the consent of the plaintiff;
  9. Irreconcilable differences which 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.

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