Let’s face it, breakups are never easy, but in New Jersey, couples who want to separate have the option of a “divorce from bed and board.” Sounds fancy, right? But what exactly does that mean?
Well, a divorce from bed and board is essentially a legal separation that allows a couple to live apart while remaining legally married. It’s a way for couples to separate without the finality of a divorce.
Now, you might be wondering why it’s called a divorce from bed and board. It’s a bit of an old-fashioned term that comes from the days when couples would sleep in separate bedrooms after a marital dispute. Back then, a couple could go to court and get a legal order requiring them to live in separate rooms, or “beds and boards.”
Thankfully, things have changed a bit since then. Today, a divorce from bed and board is a voluntary agreement between a couple who wishes to separate. It’s important to note that even though the couple is legally separated, they are still married in the eyes of the law. This means they cannot remarry or enter into a new domestic partnership.
So, why might a couple choose a divorce from bed and board instead of a divorce? Well, there are a few reasons. For some, it’s a way to take a break from their marriage and work on their issues without giving up on the relationship altogether. For others, it’s a way to maintain certain legal and financial benefits, such as insurance coverage or social security benefits.
While a divorce from bed and board may not be as well-known as a traditional divorce, it can be a viable option for couples who wish to separate but want to keep their options open. And who knows, maybe one day they’ll be able to reconcile and move back into the same bedroom again.
In any case, if you’re considering a divorce from bed and board or any other type of separation in New Jersey, it’s always a good idea to consult with an experienced family law attorney who can help guide you through the process.