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Is it Possible for a Marriage to be Saved After Filing for Divorce?

Coming to the decision of going through a divorce is not an easy process. Typically, it takes spouses a long time to come to terms with the notion before finally filing for divorce. When it is filed, it creates an official court record and “docket number” for the case, putting the divorce in motion. Once this is done, even if the other spouse opposes it, responses are needed and court hearing dates will be assigned. However, during this time, many people wonder if this means the divorce is inevitable and they cannot turn back. Continue reading below to learn more and contact an experienced New Jersey divorce attorney for assistance with your case.

Is a Divorce Inevitable Once it is Filed?

When a spouse files for divorce, it does not necessarily mean that it has to happen. There are many spouses who decide to file and later wonder if it was truly the right decision for them. This may be if it was filed in the heat of the moment or if spouses believe over time they would like to give things another try. There are many cases in which they believe there is room for reconciliation or to work out their feelings and issues through therapy with one another in order to mend their relationship. When this happens and spouses wish to give their marriage another try, there is a legal tool that is used to do so, known as a Reconciliation Agreement.

A Reconciliation Agreement is used by spouses to help provide a peace of mind when working towards healing a marriage. By entering into this agreement, the spouse that filed for divorce agrees to stay married in exchange for the other spouse’s promise to give up a financial or property right. If the couple gets back together, the spouse who filed for divorce must file a “motion to dismiss” in order to remove the divorce from the court dockets. This essentially cancels any further proceedings. 

It is important to note that, in the event that the couple decides later on that they truly wish to get divorced, new divorce documents must be filed. The previously filed documents are no longer valid.

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