What are irreconcilable differences in a divorce?

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New Jersey is a no-fault state when it comes to divorce. Couples are legally allowed to pursue no-fault or at-fault divorces. Couples who pursue a no-fault divorce must cite irreconcilable differences as grounds for divorce. Unfortunately, sometimes marriages end simply because they no longer work. If this is the case, couples can file for an uncontested divorce. Irreconcilable differences refer to when a couple has grown apart and there is no hope for reconciliation. Irreconcilable differences are referred to as irretrievable breakdowns in some states. Unlike at-fault divorces, no-fault divorces do not assign blame to one party for the cause of the divorce. Instead, both spouses take equal responsibility for the cause of the divorce. If divorce is unavoidable due to irreconcilable differences, contact a determined Monmouth County Divorce Attorney who can help you pursue a no-fault divorce.

What are some examples of irreconcilable differences in a marriage?

As mentioned above, irreconcilable differences refer to when there is no one spouse responsible for the divorce. Essentially, couples do not get along, which causes spouses to grow apart. There isn’t always a clear reason such as adultery, abandonment, domestic abuse, cruelty, or substance abuse for seeking a divorce. The following are some examples of irreconcilable differences that could cause a marriage to end:

  • Opposing political opinions
  • Financial disagreements
  • Extended family problems
  • Different religions
  • Lack of shared interests
  • Lack of communication
  • Lack of sexual intimacy
  • Lack of shared household responsibilities
  • Lack of trust
  • Lack of work-life balance
  • Lack of shared values

Couples may try to fix their marital problems, however, sometimes there is no way to remedy the situation. Unfortunately, when this is the case the logical thing for the couple to do is go their separate ways.

What requirements must couples meet to file a no-fault divorce?

Couples cannot cite irreconcilable differences for a contested (at-fault) divorce. Couples can only cite irreconcilable differences as grounds for a no-fault divorce. In New Jersey, couples must meet the following criteria to file a no-fault divorce:

  • Couples must have resided in New Jersey for at least 12 consecutive months before filing for divorce.
  • Couples must prove they have experienced irreconcilable differences for at least six consecutive months. Additionally, they must prove that their irreconcilable differences caused the breakdown of the marriage and there is no chance of reconciliation.

If couples meet the above criteria, they can cite no-fault grounds. Furthermore, couples may pursue a no-fault divorce because it saves couples a significant amount of time and money.

If you’re interested in pursing a no-fault divorce, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our knowledgeable and skilled attorneys. Unfortunately, couples may experience obstacles they cannot overcome or remedy. When this occurs, allow one of our talents team members to help you end your marriage.