If you are gearing up for the divorce process, chances are you have some questions. While the process may be a bit overwhelming at times, you can mitigate your emotional and financial stress if you are well-informed and have an experienced attorney by your side. Here are some questions you may have if you are considering filing for a divorce:
What is the first step of the divorce process?
The first step is making sure you are mentally prepared. Divorce is a very intensive process, and if you choose to get one, you must be ready for what is to follow. If you have carefully weighed your options and still divorce is the best bet and you are ready to take it on, reach out to one of our attorneys and we will guide you along the way.
What documents will I have to provide to get a divorce in New Jersey?
As part of the divorce process, you will need to gather tax returns, W-2 forms, credit card statements, bank statements, pay stubs, pension statements, trusts, mortgages, loan documents, life, health, and homeowner’s insurance policies, benefits statements, utility bills and more. Additionally, as you gather these documents, you should be calculating what your monthly expenses will be once your divorce is finalized. If you plan on moving out or living alone, you will most likely have to make several financial adjustments, and it is important you sort all those out before you are out on your own.
What are the different types of divorce?
Divorce can be broken down into three primary categories: litigation, arbitration, and mediation. Both arbitration and mediation are generally preferred to litigation if you and your spouse cannot agree upon the terms of your divorce on your own. Litigation in a courtroom setting very often results in a longer and more expensive process. Arbitration and mediation both seek to allow spouses to come to a reasonable agreement on their own by neutrally facilitating a reasonable, unbiased discussion. Arbitration generally involves three arbitrators–one appointed by your spouse, one appointed by you, and the third appointed by the first two arbitrators. After hearing both of your wishes, they then take a fair and unbiased vote on the terms of your divorce. Mediation is essentially the same concept, although there is generally only one mediator appointed by the couple to provide the same unbiased third-party mediation. Many couples prefer the arbitration or mediation process due to its inherent civility and neutrality. This neutral environment may drastically reduce the emotional stress that sometimes accompanies the divorce process.
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