How to Begin The Divorce Process

To begin the legal divorce process, you need to file a divorce complaint with the court, but before you submit the divorce complaint, you should determine what you want from the divorce. Along with the appropriate forms, the court will request some information that needs to be submitted to the court clerk.

Living Together While Going Through A Divorce

In New Jersey, it’s common for divorcing spouses to continue to live together under the same roof. A spouse who leaves the family house during divorce proceedings may be at a disadvantage in divorce court when it comes to equitable distribution, visitation and child custody. Technically, you cannot force your spouse to leave the home during your divorce unless your spouse commits an act of domestic violence that results in a restraining order.

Estate Planning After Divorce

Divorce provides you an opportunity to take control of your own life and legacy. Estate planning is a way for you to do that. Before your divorce, you probably named your spouse as your beneficiary in your estate planning documents and financial accounts. Once you have begun the divorce process, that needs to change. Even if you and your former spouse did not create an estate plan, you should consult with an estate planning attorney to protect you and your family.

Default Divorce in New Jersey

At the default divorce hearing, the court will review all the documents you submitted, your tax returns and other financial statements. At the end of the hearing, the judge will sign the proposed judgement you brought to the hearing or make modifications to it, if needed.

The People You Should Have on Your Divorce Team

No matter how simple it may appear, getting divorced is an emotional, stressful experience. While going through the process, you may not even be aware of how great an impact it is having on you. It’s tough to make rational decisions and take care of you and your children’s well-being while your life is being profoundly changed. That’s why it’s important to have a team of professionals to support you and your children.