Divorce can be a difficult and overwhelming process, even under the best of circumstances. However, knowing what to expect can help put your mind at ease, allow you to better prepare, and help you feel more in control of your situation. Read on to learn more about the divorce process in New Jersey.
An overview of New Jersey’s divorce process
- Meet the requirements
- Each state has different residency requirements in order to file for divorce. In New Jersey, you or your spouse must be a resident for at least one year before filing.
- In New Jersey, you can file on fault grounds, such as desertion or adultery, among others. However, you can also file for a no-fault divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. Many couples choose this path, as it is often easier to settle.
- Case Management Conference
- At the Case Management Conference, a judge will examine all divorce-related matters. Some possible matters addressed by the judge may include the selection of expert witnesses, child custody disputes, any contested issues in your divorce, etc.
- Early Settlement Panel
- At the Early Settlement Panel, you will be advised by several knowledgeable attorneys on the outstanding matters of your divorce. You and your spouse do not have to take this advice, and if you choose not to take the advice, you may work out the remaining contested matters through mediation or litigation, or an alternative method of divorce.
- Resolving the matters of your divorce
- There are numerous ways to resolve the matters of your divorce. Litigation involves getting divorced through the court and a judge making decisions on your behalf. Many couples choose to get divorced outside of the court, as this is often faster, cheaper, and more private. Some out-of-court methods include mediation, arbitration, and collaborative divorce. No matter which method you choose, it is important to work with an experienced attorney.
- Final Judgement of Divorce
- Once all outstanding matters are resolved, the court must execute the Final Judgement of Divorce. This finalizes your divorce.
One of the most important steps of the process is choosing the right attorney. Our firm is here to advocate for you every step of the way. Reach out to us with any questions or concerns you may have.
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