Limited Divorce / Separation

Many people are unaware that New Jersey has a “legal separation” marital status known as a Limited Divorce (or Divorce from Bed & Board).

Under a Limited Divorce, the parties resolve all issues as if a divorce was granted (equitable distribution, support, custody). Taxes are filed separately. The parties are completely financially separate as far as the acquisition of future debts and assets, however “the bonds to matrimony still exist”, thus under many medical policies can continue to share medical insurance. If the parties reconcile in the future, the Limited Divorce is nullified. If they later divorce, the terms of the Limited Divorce are incorporated into a Judgment of Divorce.

The process for obtaining a Limited Divorce mirrors the one set forth for [uncontested divorce]