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Divorce due to irreconcilable differences -- what does it mean?

New Jersey couples that have decided to end their marriages are required to provide a reason or grounds for their decision. One possible reason available in case of divorce is irreconcilable differences. The question is -- what does this actually mean?

In short, it means that the couple feels that their marriage is beyond saving and that they see no way in which they will be able to resolve their differences or problems. In New Jersey, the law requires the couple to not only clearly show that there is no hope of them resolving any of their quarrels but also that this state of affairs has been going on for a period of six months or longer. This would then be considered a no-fault divorce, as neither one of the partners committed any extenuating act that has led to the decision to get divorced.

There are benefits to filing on the grounds of irreconcilable differences, as no one is required to accuse another person of a transgression. This can lead to a shorter divorce process. It is also easier than trying to prove adultery or cruelty.  

It is also possible for one partner to contest a divorce filed on these grounds, but this does not prohibit the dissolution of the marriage -- it may just stretch out the process. Anybody contemplating divorce who is unsure of the best way to proceed may benefit from a consultation with a New Jersey family law lawyer. The advice obtained can help answer many questions and save a lot of time and effort.

Source:, "What Does it Mean to File for Irreconcilable Differences in a Divorce?", Anna Green, Accessed on March 14, 2017

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