The Divorce Process In New Jersey

The first step in the process of divorce is to map out a strategy with your attorney. An uncontested divorce may be relatively straightforward. A contested divorce — one in which there is no resolution about child support, visitation, alimony or division of property, for instance — will be more complex. At Hanan M. Isaacs, P.C., we believe that understanding the process will reduce the stress involved and enable you to focus more clearly on achieving a desirable outcome.

The Divorce Process In New Jersey

A complaint for divorce stating either “fault” or “no fault” grounds must be filed with the Depending on the grounds for dissolution of marriage or divorce, our lawyers will file your petition for divorce immediately.

Notification of this filing — a complaint and summons — is served to the other spouse and his or her attorney. The defendant must file a written response within 35 days from service or a default judgment in your favor may be granted. At this point, we can also move to put legal protections in place describing how finances and child custody arrangements will be handled through the divorce process.

“When I filed for divorce, my [ex]wife went to great lengths to retaliate, financially and emotionally- including extreme efforts to alienate my children from me. She was successful for years, and my attorney at the time could do nothing to change this tide. Once Hanan became involved as my attorney, the tide changed.” – Steve Z.

Divorce Hearing And Trial

A case management hearing may be required in which the judge hears issues and formalizes action to be taken to resolve your case. The discovery phase of divorce introduces information relevant to resolution of your case, such as documentation related to assets and financial affairs.

When matters cannot be negotiated, a divorce comes to trial. Matters that are unresolved are decided by the judge, taking into consideration evidence introduced into court. At the conclusion of the trial, the judge will issue a final judgment of divorce.

Get The Legal Help You Need

The decisions reached in the process of your divorce have long-term consequences that will affect your future well-being. Our Somerset County, NJ, divorce attorneys have the experience and skills to get you the best outcome possible.

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