Even if you’re just considering ending your marriage, you should know the basics of the divorce process. And, if you’ve decided that a divorce is necessary, it’s crucial to seek advice and help from experienced divorce attorneys in New Jersey. This is a simple guide to the various types of divorce. Obviously, every man’s situation is unique so the specifics might vary in your case but this is a simple starter guide.
Two Types of Divorce for Men
A divorce can be considered “complete” in which case the marital contract is dissolved, or it can be “limited,” which ends the marital contract, but provides for alimony and an equitable distribution of the former couple’s assets and liabilities.
Along with distributing assets and liabilities, the divorce process will determine the future upbringing, care, education, and custody of your children as well as visitation rights of the non-custodial parent. Regardless of whether you want a complete or limited divorce, you will have a much greater chance of securing the favorable terms you want with the help of our Montclair and Nutley divorce lawyers.
Common Divorce Issues
Regardless of whether your divorce is heading for an amicable resolution or is filled with conflict, there are almost always issues that need to be resolved. Any divorce involving complex property division, and support for children and a former spouse, requires the guidance, help and support of an experience New Jersey divorce and family law attorney. We help men with:
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Common Questions About New Jersey Divorce for Men
You must submit a “Complaint for Divorce/Dissolution” in the county where the reason for the divorce occurred (for example, where the separation ended).
Each divorce is unique, and we simply can’t account for all variables. You can keep costs down by hiring an experienced attorney who’s committed to helping you reach a resolution.
Your divorce could be resolved in a matter of months, but it can last much longer in the case of a high conflict divorce.
No, a separation is not legally required if you file for divorce due to irreconcilable differences. There are also fault options, such as adultery, that don’t require separation.
To file irreconcilable differences, you must assert that differences have persisted at least six months. This is generally subjective and comes with a fairly low burden of proof.
Reasons such as adultery, a prolonged separation, irreconcilable differences, and extreme cruelty are all legal grounds for a divorce.
Commonly, separating involves negotiating a settlement agreement which is legally binding when signed by both parties. It can resolve spousal support, custody, and other issues.
Generally, spouses can choose how they’d like to divide their marital assets. If the parties can’t reach an agreement, the court will determine how assets are divided.
After filing, your attorney will help you disclose the financials of your marriage. You will either reach a settlement with your spouse or go to court to resolve the divorce.
It can be beneficial for you to file first, since you’ll get to make your initial demands and your spouse will be required to respond to those requests.
Dealing with Your Divorce: The 5 Stages of Grief
For some, a divorce is a liberating new beginning. But for many of us, it’s not that simple or easy. Marriage is an important relationship and a complex set of emotional, often difficult, emotions result when choosing to end it. Studies show that when we’re recovering from a divorce, it is similar to the grief and grieving process we encounter when mourning the death of a loved one. Typically, this involves 5 stages: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and. Acceptance.
Not everybody will experience these in the same way or even in the same order. In fact, many of us move in and out of these phases more than once; we might even experience more than one phase at a time. We can refer you to an appropriate therapist if you need some help and support. It can be a difficult and time-consuming process, especially for men who were taught to hide their emotions. Family counselors who specialize in divorce tell us it can take up to two years to fully recover. To also help you, we offer a divorce and child custody support group for men that many people find to be invaluable in getting them get through their divorce.
An Amicable Divorce for New Jersey Men
For most men, going through the end of their marriage is tough. If you want to keep your divorce as amicable as possible, we’ll help you from keeping any negative emotions – including anger – from showing down the legal process and increasing your emotional and financial costs as a result.
We can help you keep from letting your emotions get in the way of reaching your overall objective and affecting the outcome of the legal process. No matter how upset, betrayed or angry you might feel, the best outcome for you and your children is to achieve as amicable a divorce as possible. Being able to stay calm and collected will spare you a lot of aggravation, heartache, and money. As your family law attorneys, you can rely on us to help you deal with your situation clearly, objectively, and professionally.