A cause of action is essentially your reason for getting a divorce. Any time that you file a lawsuit, you have to plead a cause of action, you have to identify what entitles you to relief under a statute. Long ago our society disagreed with divorce as a general rule, and so we placed a lot of requirements in place for people to get divorced, grounded in religious doctrines, moral reasons, and even financial considerations for our society. In order to get divorced you had to actually prove the right to be divorced, and that was your cause of action. It was something that essentially had happened in your marital relationship that made it unconscionable for you to be forced to remain in the marriage, despite the fact that our society would favour it as a general rule.
Allison C. Williams is a matrimonial and family law attorney serving Short Hills New Jersey. Her practice places an emphasis on complex child welfare matters. www.familylawyersnewjersey.com