What are the Different Ways I Can Divorce a Spouse in New Jersey?

The process of divorce is never easy and it impacts the lives of many people. When going through such a difficult time in your life, it is important to be sure that you understand the process before entering it. This includes being aware of the different ways that a divorce can take place. During this time, it is extremely beneficial to retain the services of a skilled New Jersey divorce attorney for guidance.

Contested Divorce

When spouses enter a divorce on bad terms, they may need to divorce in court through litigation. This is usually the case in situations where spouses cite fault grounds, holding the other responsible for the end of their marriage. This may be in the event of adultery, habits of intoxication, abuse, desertion, or prison sentences of 5+ years. When spouses are unable to agree to terms of their divorce and a judge to do so for them, it is called a contested divorce. 

Uncontested Divorce

In the event that spouses are able to reach agreements between one another, it is known as an uncontested divorce. Typically, this is seen when spouses cite no-fault grounds and hold neither party responsible for the breakdown of the marriage. It is important to know that spouses in these situations do not necessarily have to divorce in court. There are other options available to them outside the courtroom, such as: 

  • Mediated Divorce: This allows couples to negotiate the terms of their marital issues with the assistance of an unbiased third party who helps them reach agreements with one another. When these agreements are made, the mediator can present them to court to be approved.
  • Collaborative Divorce: This is a series of four-way meetings where spouses are joined by their attorneys to help decide upon future arrangements for their marital issues.
  • Arbitration: This process also involves a third party. However, instead of acting as a mediator, they act as a judge and make all the final decisions relating to marital issues.

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We understand that those getting a divorce most likely have several questions regarding the weeks and months to come. Paris P. Eliades Law Firm, LLC is honored to serve the people of New Jersey, including Sparta, Sussex County, Morris County, Passaic County, and Bergen County with the quality legal services they deserve. If you are getting a divorce or have any other questions regarding divorce-related matters, please do not hesitate to contact our firm for a consultation today.