Although New Jersey has both fault and no-fault grounds for divorce, in most cases, fault has no bearing on how marital assets will be divided. In rare cases, the court may consider the grounds for divorce as a factor in determining spousal support. Fault is an emotional factor in a divorce, but it has little or no influence on the terms of a final settlement. Some of the common grounds in New Jersey divorce law are:
In a divorce, the court declares the marriage contract broken; in an annulment, the court says that there never was a marriage. Annulment is more difficult to prove -- and much rarer -- than divorce. To go this route, you will need to speak to a New Jersey attorney. If you want an annulment for religious reasons, consult with your priest, minister, or rabbi as well.
You'll need to provide your lawyer with the following documentation in order to proceed with your dissolution. Start gathering everything together as soon as possible so that you can find out what might be missing and submit any requests for duplicates.
This information on New Jersey divorce law has been updated with the help of divorce attorney Susan Reach Winters.
Certified Divorce Financial Analyst
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