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Do I Need to Go to Court for My New Jersey Divorce?

Our firm understands the complexities involved in the divorce process. In many cases, spouses worry about the problem becoming messy in court and worry about the future of their family and assets. Reach out to our skilled Morris County NJ divorce attorneys to learn more about your options. When facing these situations, it is essential to note that there are different methods of divorce, and there are several that can be without the courtroom. In the event that a couple can reach agreements without the assistance of the court, there are many options available to them. Here are some of the following divorce methods in New Jersey:

What is a litigated divorce?

Unfortunately, spouses that have gone through the divorce process through litigation have done so because they are unable to reach an agreement regarding their marital issues on their own. However, most usually try to avoid this process, as these decisions are in the hands of the judge. This can include the division of their assets, child custody agreements, child support, and alimony. In addition to this, litigation is usually a long and costly process that often leaves spouses unsatisfied. It is because of this that many spouses look at other options.

How does divorce mediation work?

If a couple chooses to divorce through mediation, it is done with the help of an unbiased third party. This person encourages civil conversations in a neutral, informal setting to ensure that both spouses can work together to reach an amicable agreement regarding their marital issues. Conversations during this process can cover topics including child custody, child support, alimony, and the division of assets. This permits both parties to be heard in order for compromises to be made. While both spouses do not always get everything they want, they can at least have a say in the outcome of their future. Not only does this process diffuse some tension, but it can also help spouses save money during their divorce.

What is arbitration?

The method of arbitration can occasionally sound similar to mediation. But keep in mind that there is one major difference. Spouses will appoint an arbitrator instead of a mediator. While this individual is also a neutral, third party, this person assumes a role similar to a judge. Instead of the spouses coming to decisions on their own together, they raise their concerns to the arbitrator who then votes on the terms of their divorce.

If you would like to learn more about your options for dispute resolution in your New Jersey divorce, continue reading and reach out to our skilled New Jersey divorce attorneys. We are on your side.


If you need an experienced legal team to guide you through your divorce, contact Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark L.L.C today.