New Jersey Grounds for Divorce

The Complaint for Divorce is the initial document filed with the New Jersey court. It is in this document that the filing spouse will request the court to terminate the marriage under certain specified grounds.

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

a. Adultery;

b. Willful and continued desertion for the term of at least 1 year;

c. Extreme cruelty;

d. Living separate and apart without cohabitation for a period of at least 18 or more consecutive months;

e. Alcohol or drug abuse;

f. Institutionalization for mental illness for a period of 2 or more years;

g. Imprisonment for 18 months or more;

h. Deviant sexual conduct voluntarily performed by the defendant without the consent of the plaintiff. (New Jersey Statutes - Title 2 A - Chapters: 34-2

Every divorce case that is filed in the state of New Jersey must declare the grounds in which the divorce is to be granted. The grounds for divorce must be substantiated with evidence or testimony otherwise the court may dismiss the case. When you are petitioning the court for a divorce, or agreeing to a divorce, make sure that you completely understand the grounds and any potential legal repercussions. If you would like to learn more about the New Jersey grounds, visit the New Jersey state statutes located at: