Divorce

Divorce

The process of divorce is painful, even when you’re sure it’s necessary. It can be even more painful if you’re not the party who believes it is necessary. We are sensitive to this, and bring our 50+ combined years of experience to the many different situations every case brings. Our philosophy is to make the process as pain-free as possible, so we use every effort to achieve a comprehensive settlement before filing anything with the Court, unless there are circumstances requiring that we seek legal intervention as soon as possible. Although there are several different legal grounds for divorce in New Jersey, we are a no-fault state, meaning that no matter who is at fault for the marriage ending, with rare exceptions, everyone will get their fair share of equitable distribution of assets, and reasonable amounts of alimony and child support. When it is time to go to Court, one party files a Complaint for Divorce and other party has an opportunity to respond. Because we are a no-fault state, by far the most common grounds for divorce are “irreconcilable differences.” If we are successful in achieving settlement before filing anything with the Court, it is an uncontested case, meaning that the only thing the Judge has to do is finalize the divorce. This also happens frequently even after a Complaint for Divorce has been filed, by negotiation while the case is pending. In fact, the statistics show that only four percent of cases actually go to trial, and half of those cases settle at some point prior to the end of a full trial. Although we prefer to settle our cases, that isn’t always possible. We know how to get to the Courthouse and what to do when we get there.