Speedier Divorce Bill
OK'd by NJ Senate
Monday, December 4, 2006
GANNETT STATE BUREAU
Assembly on 12-11-06
TRENTON - 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."
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.
Scutari, D-Middlesex, a sponsor of the bill, said
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."
The bill is
opposed by family and religious groups in the state, who
fear by making divorce easier, divorces in New Jersey
Len Deo, president
of the New Jersey Family Policy Council, said
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.
this, the state is moving in the wrong direction of
divorce," said Deo. "By maintaining a modicum
of fault in divorce
law, it helps couples reconcile in many cases."
of Gov. Jon S. Corzine has not taken a position on the
issue, and a spokesman said staffers are currently reviewing
bill was passed in October by an Assembly committee and
is waiting a vote.