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Divorce forms used in New Jersey

There are four major forms that are used in the beginning steps of a divorce that determine the type and reason for the dissolution.

  • Court form 1A refers to a “no-fault” divorce in which the couple has not lived together for a minimum of 18 months before filing.
  • Court form 1D refers to another type of “no-fault” divorce in which the couple has simply cited irreconcilable differences that have been causing problems for at least six months.
  • Court form 1B is the first kind of “fault” divorce in which one party, the defendant, has deserted their spouse. This means that they left with no warning and have remained gone for a full year.
  • Court form 1C is the second kind of “fault” divorce that is filed in cases of cruelty in which the plaintiff has been abused by the defendant within the past three months.

If you need assistance when attempting to distinguish the grounds for your unique situation, consult with one of our experienced divorce lawyers. Contact the Law Office of Andrew A. Bestafka, Esq. at (732) 898-2378 to begin your legal journey.