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What is the Divorce Process?

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What is the Divorce Process?

In today’s day and age, many marriages end in divorce. Although there is a lot of negative stigma that surrounds them, divorce may be the best option for yourself, your spouse, and your children. Getting a divorce can be a difficult decision, and may be a complicated procedure, so it is important to understand the process in order to make the best decision regarding your marriage. While filing for a divorce can be daunting, you can feel confident knowing that you have compassion and support from Siragusa Law Firm. Attorney Siragusa has guided many New Jersey families through the divorce process over the years and can help your family, too. Read on to better understand the process of divorce in New Jersey.

New Jersey’s State Requirements

In order to file for divorce in New Jersey, you or your spouse must have been a resident of New Jersey for at least one year prior to filing a complaint for divorce. This requirement does not apply if the plaintiff is filing on the grounds of adultery.

New Jersey’s Grounds for Divorce

New Jersey is a no-fault state, meaning that a couple may file for divorce citing irreconcilable differences, or after being separated for 18 months or more. Regardless, you may still file for divorce under fault grounds, including:

  • Desertion
  • Addiction
  • Adultery
  • Extreme cruelty
  • Deviant sexual conduct
  • Incarceration
  • Institutionalization for mental illness

What Happens At The Case Management Conference?

After your spouse is served with divorce papers, the court can begin to address various matters regarding the divorce through a Case Management Conference. During this conference, some concerns addressed may include:

  • Contested matters of the divorce
  • Pre-trial discovery process
  • An Early Settlement Panel date
  • Selection of expert witnesses
  • Assessing whether there is a custody dispute

What Happens Next?

After the Case Management Conference, your case may be referred to the Early Settlement Panel. Here, a team of expert attorneys will provide you with recommendations regarding the outstanding matters of your divorce. You do not have to accept these recommendations. If you do not accept the recommendations, you can work through these matters in mediation. If mediation does not successfully resolve the outstanding issues, a judge may have to make decisions on your behalf. If this occurs, either party is permitted to appeal the judge’s decision.

Final Judgment of Divorce

In order to finalize a divorce, all outstanding matters must be resolved. Then, the court must execute the Final Judgment of Divorce.

Contact Siragusa Law Firm

We understand the hardships of divorce and we are here to help. When making this life-altering decision, your legal representation matters. At Siragusa Law Firm, you will be in good hands. To discuss your options with an experienced attorney, contact Siragusa Law Firm today, and schedule a consultation.

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