Divorce is often complicated, time-consuming, and costly. Fortunately, with a bit of self-education and an experienced legal team in your corner, you can reach an outcome that works best for you and your children. Read on and reach out to our experienced Essex County divorce & family law attorneys to learn more about some of the most important divorce terms and how our firm can guide you through each phase of this often complex process.
5 Important Divorce Terms to Familiarize Yourself With
Some of the most important divorce-related terms are as follows:
- Fault Grounds: New Jersey is a “no-fault” state, which means couples can choose to cite specific fault grounds, such as adultery, or simply cite the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage in what is known as a “no-fault” divorce. Typically, and for several reasons, it’s best to choose the latter, as citing fault grounds gives your spouse a chance to respond to your accusation, which frequently drags out the process, costing you additional time and money.
- Child Custody: Parents often fight over child custody, as no parent wants to give up any time that could be spent with the children. The heart of all custody-related decisions is the child’s best interest, and it’s our job as a family law firm to prove you will always act in your child’s best interests.
- Child Support: Child support is a complex issue, and courts will consider several factors when determining which parent will pay child support and to what extent. If you have any questions about how child support works in New Jersey or you’re looking to modify an existing child support agreement, our firm is here to help.
- Spousal Support: If you are the financially dependent spouse in your marriage, you’re most likely seeking spousal support to help you retain your standard of living even in the absence of your spouse’s paycheck. Our Union County alimony attorneys can help you receive the support payments you and your child need.
- Equitable Distribution: Equitable distribution is the process by which courts in New Jersey will divide property between spouses. Separate property, such as gifts from friends, is typically not involved in a divorce. Marital property (property acquired or utilized during the course of marriage, such as your house) will be distributed between spouses in a manner that the courts consider fair and just. This is seldom a 50/50 split, however, so you’ll need a legal team who can fight for what’s rightfully yours.
Contact Our Experienced New Jersey Firm
Ross and Calandrillo, LLC is a full-service divorce, family, and real estate law firm located in Mountainside, New Jersey. For strong legal representation in all of your divorce or family law matters, contact Ross and Calandrillo, LLC to schedule a consultation.