Frequently Asked Divorce Questions
Are you seeking divorce from your spouse, but unsure of where to even start? These frequently asked divorce questions from our clients will provide you with the answers you need to move forward and begin the next step.
Frequently Asked Divorce Questions | Are There Different Types of Divorce?
Each divorce is unique, but in New Jersey, we classify divorces into two broad categories.
- Uncontested: In an uncontested divorce, parties enter the process having already agreed on how to divide assets and care for children, or else there are no assets or children to fight over.
- Contested: In a contested divorce, the parties negotiate or actively fight over assets, child custody, child support, spousal support, and even pets.
Because most attorneys charge by the hour, contested divorces are much more expensive. Uncontested divorces are cheaper, quicker, and also tend to minimize any impact on children.
Frequently Asked Divorce Questions | Do I Have to Wait Before Filing a Divorce?
New Jersey law requires a person to have lived in the state for at least one year before filing for divorce, except in cases of adultery, in which the time restriction is lifted.
Frequently Asked Divorce Questions | Where Can I File for Divorce?
New Jersey law requires a person to file for divorce in the county where either spouse is living. If you were married in another county or in another state, you still must file in the county where you reside. If spouses live in different counties, either one will do.
Frequently Asked Divorce Questions | What are the Grounds for Divorce in New Jersey?
Some of the most common grounds for divorce are:
- Mental cruelty
- Physical cruelty
- Irreconcilable differences
Some of these grounds for divorce can be difficult, time consuming, and costly to prove. Because of that, by far the most common grounds for divorces filed in New Jersey is “irreconcilable differences.” To prove this, the court only requires you to prove that you and your spouse have been unable to get along for six months.
The Jersey City divorce lawyer at our firm can meet with you free of charge to discuss your situation. We personally guide each client through every aspect of filing divorce and arranging for marital dissolution. Call our New Jersey lawyers today to get a free consultation.