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No Fault Divorce In New Jersey

In New Jersey, there are several different grounds you can use to file for an at-fault divorce. Those grounds can include adultery, extreme cruelty, abuse, and desertion. However, if none of these situations has occurred in your marriage, you cannot truly file for divorce using any of these grounds. So, what are the options for two people who want to get divorced, but are lucky enough not to have one of those terrible reasons? The answer is a no-fault divorce. This means that the court will not state in writing that the divorce was the fault of one party or the other. Instead, the divorce will be granted due to irreconcilable differences, which basically means you and your spouse no longer get along. If you file for a no-fault divorce in New Jersey, the process does not take any longer than an at-fault divorce. You do not have to live apart for eighteen consecutive months as this requirement has recently been abolished.

What Are The Requirements For A No Fault Divorce In New Jersey?

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In a no-fault divorce, one of the spouses must maintain a residence in New Jersey. Either the one who is filing for divorce or the one responding to the divorce filing has to have lived in New Jersey for twelve consecutive months before the paperwork is filed. The couple must merely show that they have been having differences that they deem irreconcilable for six months.

The No Fault Divorce Forms

No fault divorce paperwork has to be filed in the Chancery Division of the Family Court. Everyone has to complete what is known as the complaint for divorce as well as the summons form. Additionally, couples who have children have a few more forms to fill out. Once these forms are completed and filed, then both spouses can complete the Divorce Settlement Agreement, wherein the parties lay out the terms of their divorce settlement. The divorce attorneys at Villani & DeLuca, P.C. can help guide you through this process.

Don't Forget To Make Copies Of Your Divorce Paperwork

When obtaining a no-fault divorce in New Jersey, it is very important to adhere to all of the proper divorce requirements imposed by the court. The original forms have to be sent to the court and the court will ask for two copies of the original forms as well. You should keep two copies for your records, in case additional copies are ever needed. Before you copy any documents, make sure they have been signed and dated; you cannot add that to a copy or it will not be valid.

How To File For No-Fault Divorce In Monmouth County

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When it is time to file for your divorce make sure you contact an attorney to make sure everything is done correctly. You will also have to pay the fee that is incurred for filing the forms with the family courts. These documents along with payment to the court.

Call A New Jersey No Fault Divorce Lawyer Today!

For the most part, no fault divorce in New Jersey is a matter of filing the paperwork properly as comprehensive settlement agreement and adhering to the residency rules. Once all of those requirements has been met, your divorce is granted rather quickly by the courts. Still feeling a little unsure about the process? Call Villani & DeLuca, P.C. today to assist you with any questions you might have.

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Vincent DeLuca, Esq.

As a founding partner at Villani & DeLuca, Vincent DeLuca is one of only a few Certified Matrimonial Law Attorney in Ocean County, New Jersey. Mr. DeLuca has helped many clients navigate the delicate details of their own divorce. Mr. DeLuca is also a trained divorce mediator and collaborative divorce attorney. Call today at (732) 751-4991 to speak to Mr. DeLuca or one of our experienced NJ Divorce Lawyers.