Falling Out of Love Tops Infidelity as Top Reason for New Jersey Divorce
A recent survey in the United Kingdom states that “falling out of love” is the new top cause for divorce, taking out “infidelity” as the No. 1 reason, The Globe and Mail of Toronto reports.
Whatever the reason, getting a divorce in New Jersey can be one of the most difficult decisions a person can make. For some, even if times are getting difficult and even if a spouse cheats, couples choose to stay together and work through the problems. For others, the time has come to get out of a bad marriage and consulting with aMorristown Divorce Lawyer is the best place to start to protect your rights and your future quality of life.
There are two categories of grounds for divorce in New Jersey — no-fault and fault.
Irreconcilable differences: This is a vague term that is the easiest to satisfy. It simply means that the couple has differences that have caused their marriage to breakdown for six months. They can remain living together while the divorce takes its course.
Separation: If the spouses have lived apart for 18 months consecutively.
Extreme cruelty: Physical or mental cruelty that makes living together difficult.
Adultery: When one spouse rejects another by entering into an intimate relationship with another person, regardless of any sex acts performed.
Desertion: The willful leaving of a spouse by the other for 12 consecutive months. This can include spouses living in the same house, if they are not having sexual relations for that time period.
Addiction: If one spouse is dependent on a substance for at least 12 months.
Institutionalization: If a person has been institutionalized for 12 consecutive months for a mental illness.
Incarceration: Being jailed or imprisoned for 18 months or more.
Deviant sexual conduct: This means sexual conduct that wasn’t consented to by the other spouse.
It’s obvious that there are many grounds for divorce in New Jersey, and fault grounds are more advantageous for the spouse who is seeking a divorce in terms of asset division and who may come out of the divorce in a better position. But as the survey indicates, infidelity — one of the more popular reasons for divorce in any country — isn’t the main reason anymore.
According to the survey, falling out of love was the reason for 27 percent of divorces, followed by an affair — 25 percent, unreasonable behavior at 17 percent, a midlife crisis at 10 percent and emotional or physical abuse at 6 percent.
The survey was taken by 101 of the United Kingdom’s family lawyers and suggests that couples are willing to work through infidelity, but not a loveless marriage. Some experts say that growing apart is common because couples are so busy they don’t take the time to care for each other.
Whatever the reason, when a spouse chooses to divorce he or she must talk to an experienced attorney. Failure to protect yourself can lead to a lower quality of life and standard of living from which some may never recover.
If you need to speak with a divorce or child custody lawyer in Morristown, contact (973) 455-1220 orfill out the Contact Form on our website.
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Infidelity no longer top cause of divorce: survey, by Madeleine White, The Globe and Mail