While the end of a marriage can be difficult, pursuing a divorce is often the start of a new beginning. If you are considering filing for divorce in New Jersey, here are some helpful tips to get you started.
To file for divorce in New Jersey, one or both parties must have lived in the state for at least a year. Depending upon the grounds for divorce, there are different eligibility requirements, such as living apart from your former spouse for at least 18 months in a separation, or citing irreconcilable differences, which provides that the differences need to have persisted for at least six months.
New Jersey is an equitable distribution state, which means that property will be divided in a manner that is equitable, but not necessarily equal. The court will consider the length of the marriage, income and property brought to the marriage, standard of living, economic circumstances, debts, and other factors when making decisions about how property and debts can be fairly divided.
In New Jersey, the court may grant open durational alimony, rehabilitative alimony, limited duration alimony, or reimbursement alimony to either party, considering similar factors as listed above.
Child custody may be awarded to either parent, or shared based on the court’s determination of the child or children’s best interest. In the state, child support is based on the income of both parents combined, as well as the time the child will spend with each of the parents, his or her age, and other factors.
A qualified and experienced New Jersey family law attorney can help make your divorce process as fair and smooth as possible. If you are ready to file for divorce in New Jersey, contact Thomas & Krail, LLC for the guidance you need.