Grounds for Divorce Under New Jersey Law
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Grounds for Divorce Under New Jersey Law

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General Grounds for Divorce Under New Jersey Law

In New Jersey, before the changes signed by Governor Corzine
allowing divorce on irreconcilable difference, the old divorce laws
only permitted divorces based on one of the traditional grounds.
The traditional grounds for divorce in New Jersey are:

Adultery - Adultery is when a husband or wife enter into a
personal intimate relationship with someone else.

Desertion - Desertion is a willful and continued desertion where
the parties no longer live together as husband and wife for a
period of 12 months or longer.

Extreme Cruelty - Extreme cruelty is when one of spouses
subjects the other to physical or mental cruelty that endangers
the safety or health of the plaintiff (victim). Another form of
extreme cruelty is when the offending spouses conduct makes it
improper or unreasonable to expect the victimized spouse
(plaintiff) to continue living with the abusing spouse (defendant)

Drug or Alcohol Addiction/Habituation - This grounds for divorce
is based on alcohol or substance abuse. It consists of a
voluntary induced addiction or habituation to a narcotic drug (as
defined in the New Jersey Controlled Substances Act) It can also
be based upon habitual drunkenness for 12 or more
consecutive months following the date of the marriage.

Imprisonment - 18 or more consecutive months of imprisonment
will give rise to a grounds for divorce.

Deviant Sexual Conduct - The sexual acts giving rise to divorce
would need to be voluntarily performed by the defendant. The
sexual acts would also need to be carried out without the plaintiff’
s consent.

Separation - Separation is a grounds for divorce arising when
the parties live separately and apart from each other in different
locations for at least 18 consecutive months. In addition there
must be no reasonable chances for reconciling.

Institutionalization - Being institutionalized for mental illness for
24 consecutive months (or longer) following the date of the
marriage.

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Alaska - Juneau, AS - Other - Anchorage, Fairbanks
Arizona - Phoenix, AZ - Other - Scottsdale Tucson Flagstaff
Arkansas - Little Rock, AK
Colorado - Denver, CO - Other - Colorado Springs
Connecticut - Hartford, CT - Other - New Haven, Stamford
Delaware - Dover, DE - Other - Wilmington
Florida - Tallahassee, FL - Other - Fort Myers, Miami, Melbourne, Gainesville, Ocala, Daytona Beach, Orlando, West
Palm Beach, St. Petersburg, Tampa, Boca Raton, Sarasota, Fort Lauderdale,
Georgia - Atlanta, GA - Other - Albany, Macon, Savannah,
Hawaii - Honolulu, HI
Idaho - Boise, ID - Other - Coeur d’Alene
Illinois - Springfield, IL - Other - Bloomington, Aurora, Northbrook
Indiana - Indianapolis, IN - Other - Fort Wayne, Gary, Evansville, Lafeyette
Iowa - Des Moines, IO - Other - Cedar Rapids, Ft. Dodge, Sioux City
Kansas - Topeka, KS - Other - Dodge City, Lawrence, Kansas City
Kentucky - Frankfort, KY - Other - Bowling Green, Owensboro, Louisville, Ashland, Lexington
Louisiana - Baton Rouge, LA - Other - Shreveport, New Orleans, Houma, Pointe a la Hache
Maine - Augusta, ME - Other - Portland, Bangor
Maryland - Annapolis, MD - Other - Silver Spring, Baltimore
Massachusetts - Boston, MA - Other - Cape Cod, Springfield, Worcester, Lowell, Quincy
Michigan - Lansing, MI - Other - Muskegon, Kalamazoo, Detroit, Pontiac, Troy, Grand Rapids, Flint, Port Huron, Ann
Arbor
Minnesota - St. Paul, MN- Other - Duluth, Minneapolis, Bloomington, St. Cloud, Bloomington, St. Louis
Mississippi - Jackson, MS - Other - Biloxi, Gulfport, Greenville, Tupelo
Missouri - Jefferson City, MO - Other - Springfield, Jefferson City, St. Charles, Kansas City, Columbia
Montana - Helena, MN - Other - Billings
Nebraska - Lincoln, NE - Other - Grand Island,  Lincoln, Omaha, North Platte
Nevada - Carson City, NV - Other - Las Vegas, Reno, Pahlrump
New Hampshire - Concord, NH - Other - Manchester
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Hawthorne, Wayne, Verona, Parsippany, Linden, Union, Livingston, Paterson, Bayonne, Jersey City, West New York,
Gutenberg, Red Bank, Orange
New Mexico - Santa Fe, NM - Other - Albuquerque
New York - Albany, NY - Other - Long Island, Nassau County, Suffolk County, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Staten Island,
Manhattan, New York City, Freeport, Lynbrook, Deer Park, Levittown, Jericho, Hicksville, Oyster Bay, Hempstead, Great
Neck, Douglaston, Little Neck, Long Beach, Plainview, Roslyn, Port Washington, Sea Cliff, Syosset, Valley Stream,
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Yonkers, Peekskill
North Carolina - Raleigh, NC - Other - Cape Hatteras, Greenville, Greensboro, High Point, Winston-Salem, Charlotte,
Asheville, Fayetteville, Durham
North Dakota - Bismarck, ND - Other - Fargo
Ohio - Columbus, OH - Other - Akron, Canton, Youngstown, Toledo, Ashtabula, Cincinnati, Marion, Zanesville, Dayton
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Oregon - Salem, OR - Other - Eugene, Portland
Pennsylvania - Harrisburg, PA - Other - Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Allentown, King of Prussia,
Lancaster, York, Altoona, New Castle, Erie
Rhode Island - Providence, RI - Other
South Carolina - Columbia, SC - Other - Charleston, Greenville, Spartanburg
South Dakota - Pierre, SD - Other
Tennessee - Nashville, TN - Other - Johnson City, Jackson, Knoxville, Memphis, Clarksville
Texas - Austin, TX - Other - San Antonia, Dallas, Waco, San Angelo, Corpus Christi, Beaumont, Galveston, Midland,
Odessa, Abilene, Midland,  Amarillo, Houston, Sugarland, Fort Worth, Del Rio, Tyler, El Paso, Texarkana, Huntsville,
Wichita Falls, Denton, Brownsville, Laredo
Utah - Salt Lake City, UT - Other - Logan, Ogden, Provo
Vermont - Montpelier, VT - Other - Burlington
Virginia - Richmond, VA - Other - Bristol, Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Harrisburg, Arlington, Roanoke, Norfolk,
Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Petersburg
Washington - Olympia, WA - Other - Seattle, Tacoma, Bellingham, Everett, Bellevue, Spokane, Vancouver
West Virginia - Charleston, WV - Other - Charleston
Wisconsin - Madison, WI - Other - Kenosha, Waukesha, Racine
Wyoming - Cheyenne, WY

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