When a marriage is no longer working, the couple might inquire about divorce. This decision can come with sadness, regret, and complex emotions. The dissolution of marriage is as varied as the individuals in the couple. The right attorney is highly knowledgeable in separation issues. There can be amicable, uncontested divorces that are short and painless. On the other end of the spectrum, there are long, messy, painful divorce battles. In either case and the many in between, you should strongly consider speaking with our seasoned Sparta divorce attorneys to learn more about how we can help you through the divorce process in New Jersey.
What does the divorce process in New Jersey entail?
A knowledgeable divorce lawyer will guide you through every step of the process, from filing the initial agreement to the very end when it is finalized. A committed, compassionate lawyer will ease your stress through the journey of divorce. There can be many facets of divorce including:
- Spousal support/alimony
- Dividing assets
- Sharing a business
- Child custody
- Child support
Since there are so many different matters, you want a lawyer who can provide knowledge and commitment. They can expertly lead you through the process and help you come to the most positive decision.
How does the divorce process work in NJ?
When one or both parties desire to enter into a divorce, the process begins. Divorce is called “dissolution” in New Jersey. The divorce process is the same as dissolving a civil union or a domestic partnership.
The process begins with either or both parties filing for a divorce. At least one individual must be a resident of New Jersey. In order to file for divorce you will need to file many forms. You will want to enlist the help of an attorney. A party that files a Complaint for Divorce in New Jersey is called the Plaintiff. The other spouse with who the complaint is filed against is called the Defendant. The Defendant will then have 35 days after they have been served to answer the Complaint.
You must cite grounds for divorce that are recognized by New Jersey law. Alternatively, you can file for divorce based on irreconcilable differences or “No-Fault.”
If both parties have lawyers, they can choose to work together outside of court to settle their financial or parenting issues before filing for divorce. Your lawyer will work with you to figure out the best possible outcome for child support, custody, parenting time, and division of assets. This will help speed up the divorce process. Ultimately, a judge can grant a divorce.
With so much at stake, it’s imperative that you hire a seasoned divorce lawyer who can protect your rights and the future of your family through each step of the process. Contact Sparta Family Law today.