Not happy with my life and my husband is a big drinker.

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question: 

Not happy with my life. Husband big drinker. Never hit me. We have two grown children. I own a house and I want out. I have been married for 30 years. So confused!!!

State: 
New Jersey

Answer: 

If you have been a resident of New Jersey for one year you can file a no-fault divorce action based on Separation if the husband and wife have lived separately for a period of at least eighteen months without a reasonable expectation of reconciliation.

Otherwise, you’ll have to file based on one of the following:

  • Extreme physical or mental cruelty
  • Adultery
  • Desertion for a period of twelve or more months (Parties that have ceased to cohabit as man and wife constitutes desertion – the parties may live in the same house. Desertion may be claimed after twelve months of lack of sexual relations)
  • Addiction (Habitual drunkenness or drug use for twelve or more consecutive months)
  • Institutionalization for mental illness for a period of twelve or more consecutive months.
  • Imprisonment for eighteen or more months after the marriage
  • Deviant Sexual Conduct

- The Divorce.com Team

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