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What are the Different Divorce Options in New Jersey?

Going through a divorce is never an easy process. It impacts the lives of many people, not just the two spouses. During these difficult times, it is important to make sure you have a thorough understanding of the process. This can begin with the different types of divorces in New Jersey. If you are going through a divorce, be sure to retain the services of an experienced New Jersey divorce attorney. 

Contested Divorce

Spouses who enter a divorce on poor terms may need to divorce through litigation in a courtroom. This may be if either party cites fault grounds for their divorce, holding the other responsible for the end of their marriage due to adultery, habits of intoxication, abuse, desertion, or prison sentences of 5+ years. When spouses cannot agree on decisions related to their marital issues and a judge to do so on their behalf, it is a contested divorce. 

Uncontested Divorce

Spouses who can reach agreements with one another can go through what is known as an uncontested divorce. This may be the case if spouses cite no-fault grounds and neither party is looking to hold the other responsible for the breakdown of their marriage. Spouses in these situations do not have to divorce in court, as there are other options available to them, such as: 

  • Mediated Divorce: This allows couples to negotiate the terms of their divorce with the assistance of an unbiased third party. This person guides them towards reaching agreements that work for both parties involved. When they are made, the mediator can present them to court to be approved and made law. 
  • Collaborative Divorce: This process takes place through a series of four-way meetings. During them, spouses are joined by their attorneys who help guide them regarding the future arrangements of their marital issues.
  • Arbitration: This process also involves a third party, however, they act as a judge instead of a mediator. This individual can make all the final decisions relating to the couple’s marital issues.

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