A divorce is a stressful process, but knowing what to expect can make the process easier. Read on to learn more about New Jersey’s divorce process and what it entails.

What are New Jersey’s requirements?

There are certain residency requirements you will have to meet in order to get divorced in New Jersey. You or your spouse must be a New Jersey resident for at least one year before filing. However, this requirement does not apply to those filing on the grounds of adultery.

What are grounds for divorce?

One of the first steps when it comes to filing for divorce is citing grounds. New Jersey is a no-fault state, which means that a couple may file for divorce on the grounds of irreconcilable differences, or if they have been separated for 18 or more months. There are also legal fault grounds on which you can file, including:

  • Desertion
  • Extreme cruelty
  • Deviant sexual conduct
  • Addiction
  • Adultery
  • Institutionalization for mental illness

What is a case management conference?

After filing, you will attend a Case Management Conference. Here, a judge will examine all of your divorce-related matters. Some of these matters may include:

  • Contested matters of the divorce
  • Pre-trial discovery process
  • An Early Settlement Panel date
  • Selection of expert witnesses
  • Assessing whether there is a custody dispute

What is an early settlement panel?

An Early Settlement Panel is the next step in the process. At this point, you will be advised by several knowledgeable attorneys on any outstanding matters of your divorce. It is up to you whether you choose to follow this advice.

Settling outstanding matters

If you and your spouse still have outstanding matters upon which you cannot agree, you may need to turn to mediation or litigation in order to resolve these issues. There are alternative methods of divorce as well, including arbitration and collaborative divorce.

How is a divorce finalized?

Your divorce cannot be finalized until all outstanding matters have been resolved. Once a resolution has been reached, the court must execute the Final Judgment of Divorce, completing the process.

Filing an appeal

If you are unhappy with the outcome of your divorce, you may be able to file an appeal of certain decisions. However, it is important to weigh the options with an experienced attorney before doing so.

If you are getting a divorce in New Jersey, our experienced firm is here to help. Reach out today to discuss your case.

Contact Our New Jersey Firm

If you are getting a divorce or have any other questions regarding divorce-related matters, please do not hesitate to contact Paris P. Eliades Law Firm, LLC for a consultation today.