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How to Prepare for a Divorce in New Jersey | What to Know

If you would like to learn more about how you can prepare for your divorce in New Jersey, reach out to our skilled Morris County NJ divorce lawyers today. Our legal team is on your side.

What are the requirements for a divorce in New Jersey?

To be able to file for a divorce in New Jersey, you and your spouse must have been New Jersey residents for at least one year before filing. It is important to note that this does not apply if the divorce is a result of adultery.

If you would like to prepare for your divorce in New Jersey and are unsure whether or not you will be able to, it is in your best interest to reach out to our firm today to discuss the details of your case and your options.

What steps are involved with the divorce process in New Jersey?

While not all divorces are the same, there are a few steps to the process that is generally standard. They include the following:

  • Case Management Conference
  • Early Settlement Panel
  • Mediation or litigation
  • Final Judgement of Divorce

If you have questions about the process or would like direction through each step, our firm is here to help you navigate through this overwhelming time.

What are typical grounds for divorce?

It is essential to understand that the state of New Jersey is a no-fault state. This indicates that you can file only for irreconcilable differences, or for separation for 18 months or more. You can file for a divorce for any of the following legal fault grounds:

  • Desertion
  • Addiction
  • Adultery
  • Extreme cruelty
  • Deviant sexual conduct
  • Incarceration
  • Institutionalization for mental illness

Should I choose mediation or litigation?

When it comes to litigation, your divorce will be taken to the courtroom and the judge will likely decide the outcomes of your marital disputes. On the other hand, mediation is a different type of dispute resolution that allows a neutral third party to help a couple resolve any disputes. It is also essential to mention that litigation may be more time-consuming and costly than mediation.

If you are going through a divorce and are unsure about which dispute resolution method you would like to choose, our firm can help. Reach out to Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark today to discuss your options.


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.