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    What Are Grounds for Divorce in New Jersey?

    There are several different grounds for divorce in New Jersey, but adultery is the only reason which can abrogate the requirement that either spouse must have been a resident of the state for at least one year before filing. On the other hand, no grounds are needed to qualify for a legal separation. If you are considering a divorce, you should retain legal representation from Bergen County divorce lawyers, Sherwood & Johnson, LLC. Ensure that your rights are protected at all times.

    Unique Grounds for Divorce

    Although fault may be used to file for a divorce, no-fault divorce is also an option, known as "irreconcilable differences" which were added to New Jersey’s divorce laws in 2007.

    In addition to adultery, grounds for fault-based divorce include:

    • Desertion
    • Addiction
    • Institutionalization
    • Imprisonment
    • Deviant sexual conduct
    • Extreme cruelty

    To file for divorce in the state, either of the spouses needs to have been a resident for at least a year before filing, unless the grounds for divorce is adultery. In such cases, the requirement is that at least one spouse must be a New Jersey resident for any length of time at all.

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    • We have more than 60 years of collective legal experience
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    • We offer evening appointments, if necessary
    • We promptly respond to our clients' questions and concerns
    • We deliver client-focused representation
    • We build customized agreements and case strategies
    • We are a highly respectable Bergen County law firm

    We Proudly Offer Viable Alternatives

    Besides assisting our clients through contentious litigation and as Bergen County divorce lawyers, we pride ourselves in offering collaborative divorce and mediation services. Mediation is considered to be a more private and cost-effective route.

    As members of the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators, we have the training and skills to serve as your mediator and help you come to an agreement regarding matters such as high asset division, child support and spousal support, or alimony and spousal support, or other complex divorce matters.

    If you do not wish to legally divorce – due to religious reasons, for example – we can help you petition for a divorce from bed and board, or enter into a separation agreement with your spouse. There are options available to you, no matter your story.

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    Please contact us today to learn which option is right for you. We serve those in Sherwood & Johnson, LLC -- Located in Wyckoff, NJ, serving Bergen and Passaic County.