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How Do I Start the Divorce Process in New Jersey?

If you are looking to get a divorce, you will want to learn about your options. The process can be daunting, however, you do not have to go through it alone. Reach out to our skilled Morris County NJ divorce lawyers today.

What are my divorce options if I want to avoid litigation?

If you are going through a divorce, litigation is not your only option. Even if you are going through a complex divorce with challenged marital issues, there are other methods of dispute resolution that are positively effective for couples that would like to evade the courtroom. Some of the most common types of alternative dispute resolution include:

  • Mediation: this method requires a neutral third party, also known as a mediator. The role of a mediator is to allow the perspectives of both spouses to be heard, understood, and considered when coming up with a reasonable divorce agreement. Mediation is not legally binding, and many of our clients enjoy this method of cooperative and communicative conflict resolution
  • Collaborative Divorce: similar to mediation, collaborative divorce involves all parties working towards a mutually beneficial outcome. Collaborative conflict resolution takes this one step further by having participants sign a written agreement that both parties will resolve their differences without litigation
  • Arbitration: a legally binding method of resolving conflicts that involve an impartial arbitrator making a final decision based on the needs and legal standing of all parties

Should I hire an attorney?

With the support of a skilled and experienced divorce attorney, you can ensure that your divorce will run as smoothly as possible. It doesn’t matter whether your divorce is contested or uncontested, a divorce attorney is useful in any divorce. In some cases, a couple may want to write their own agreement, keep it straightforward, and trust one another, however, the results may not defend you and/or your spouse’s legal rights in the future.

In the event that you and your spouse choose to go through the divorce legal process alone, it will be extremely challenging for you and your former partner to modify your divorce agreement. If the agreement is unclear or not specific enough, you will be unable to modify the terms without filing a family law appeal. Even still, you must go to court and prove that the initial agreement was unfair or based on misrepresented facts.

Without the aid of an experienced divorce attorney, you won’t have the comfort you need to ensure that your future after your divorce is protected.


At Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark, LLC, our seasoned divorce and family law attorneys ensure that through the process of resolving your family matter, you feel empowered, not overwhelmed. Providing unwavering support, undivided attention, and unflinching advocacy, our team invests in your cause, working tirelessly to pave your path toward a brighter tomorrow. If you need an experienced legal team to guide you through your divorce, contact Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark L.L.C today.