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If you are about to end your marriage, it will be one the most stressful and emotionally draining experiences you will ever go through. You will have to make many major decisions, including how you will divide assets and debt, who will stay in the marital home, and possibly arranging for child custody, support, and visitation. Do not go through the divorce process alone. Our New Jersey divorce lawyer can guide you through it so you obtain the best settlement possible.

Uncontested vs. Contested Divorces

In New Jersey, divorces can either be contested or uncontested. Uncontested divorces refer to cases in which both parties can agree to all the terms of the divorce. Spouses must reach an agreement on property division, child custody, spousal support, and all other terms to reach an uncontested divorce. Uncontested divorces are much quicker, as they do not require mediation or litigation, meaning they are also more affordable.

Couples who disagree on even just one term of their divorce must get a contested divorce. A contested divorce does not necessarily mean couples will have to go to trial to resolve their issues. Mediation and collaborative law are options that can help couples reach an agreement outside of the courtroom, also saving time and money.

Even when a couple starts with an uncontested divorce, the case can become contested quite quickly. It is for this reason that regardless of the type of divorce you are getting, you should work with a New Jersey divorce lawyer from the very beginning.

Fault vs. No-Fault Divorces

New Jersey is one of several states that still allows for both fault and no-fault divorces. The majority of couples in the state choose to file no-fault divorce by citing that there are irreconcilable differences that the couple is not likely to resolve. Filing a no-fault divorce is helpful for many reasons. It prevents you from having to reveal very personal details to the court, which then become public record. It also means you nor your spouse must cite fault, or prove that the other party was at fault for the breakdown of the marriage.

Couples who do not want to file a no-fault divorce can still file on the grounds of fault that were available before the no-fault laws came into effect. These grounds include:

  • Adultery
  • Desertion
  • Deviant sexual conduct
  • Drug or alcohol addition
  • Extreme cruelty
  • Imprisonment
  • Institutionalization for mental illness
  • Separation for more than 18 months

Filing on the grounds of fault can make a case more contentious, expensive, and time-consuming. However, it also holds certain benefits. For example, if your spouse was unfaithful and spent marital funds on an affair, that can help you obtain more in property division or spousal support if you can prove your case.

Our Divorce Lawyer in New Jersey Can Assist with Your Case

Regardless of the type of divorce you are filing, you need sound legal representation. At Poulos LoPiccolo, our New Jersey divorce lawyer can help you navigate the process so you obtain the best outcome possible. Call us now at 732-757-0165 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.

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