Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2A:34-23, a Divorce From Bed and Board is granted for the same reasons as a final divorce. However, should either party want to convert the Divorce From Bed and Board into an absolute judgment of divorce, the Court will do so as a matter of right. The parties can agree to leave the Divorce From Bed and Board in place for a specified period of time before converting it into an absolute divorce. The parties would specify this in their Property Settlement Agreement.
Frequently, spouses will agree to enter into a Divorce From Bed and Board to allow one spouse to stay on the other’s medical insurance. However, not all insurance companies still permit this so it is important to check with the specific insurance carrier.
Seeking Legal Counsel
Again, while New Jersey does not recognize a “legal separation”, many of the same consequences of that type of an arrangement are available with a Divorce From Bed and Board. At the Law Offices of Sylvia S. Costantino, Esq., LLC, we are well-versed in the state's various legal remedies regarding marital issues and are ready to help protect you and your family.