Speedier Divorce Bill
OK'd by NJ Senate
Monday, December 4, 2006
GANNETT STATE BUREAU
Assembly on 12-11-06
- The state Senate passed a long-running proposal Monday
that would amend current divorce laws and help speed up
bill (S-1467), which passed 30 to 5, would add new cause
for divorce by
allowing the couple to end a marriage after six months
of "irreconcilable differences."
law mandates a couple to have an 18-month separation before
a no-fault divorce is reached. To dissolve the marriage
in a shorter
period of time, a spouse would have to cite more serious
such as adultery or emotional and physical cruelty.
Nicholas Scutari, D-Middlesex, a sponsor of the bill,
divorce is always a sad and difficult occasion but that
establishing 'irreconcilable differences' as grounds for
will allow couples to move forward with their lives in
a civil and
amicable fashion, without undue emotional stress and anguish."
bill is opposed by family and religious groups in the
fear by making divorce easier, divorces in New Jersey
Deo, president of the New Jersey Family Policy Council,
couples with problems may need a year or more to resolve
that six months is way too short of a time to decide if
cannot be reconciled.
passing this, the state is moving in the wrong direction
divorce," said Deo. "By maintaining a modicum
of fault in divorce
law, it helps couples reconcile in many cases."
office of Gov. Jon S. Corzine has not taken a position
issue, and a spokesman said staffers are currently reviewing
identical bill was passed in October by an Assembly committee
is waiting a vote.