New Jersey Divorce Lawyers
Litigating & Negotiating Divorces in NJ
When you’re considering divorce, the legal process can seem overwhelming.
You may not even know where to begin or what your options are. If your
spouse is seeking a divorce, or you are considering one yourself, it’s
important that you enlist the help of a practiced New Jersey divorce lawyer
who can represent you throughout the process.
There are many issues a couple must resolve before a judge will make a
divorce decree. Our divorce lawyer in NJ can help you with them all. From
child custody and support deliberations to the equitable distribution
of property, we are well-versed in solving these legal matters. In addition,
we can advocate for our clients with the following family law matters:
Contact Stolfe Zeigler New Jersey Family Law Group at
(732) 585-1651 to schedule your consultation with our
Our Office Locations
We have two convenient offices located in New Jersey:
NJ Divorce Laws
In order to file for divorce in New Jersey, at least one spouse must be
a state resident and you must file specifically in the county where the
actions that lead to the divorce occurred.
Grounds for Divorce
You can file for divorce based on fault or no-fault, as both are valid.
For a no-fault divorce, the only requirements are that you and your spouse
have not been been a couple and have been living separately for at least
18 months consecutively. Your case must show to the courts that there
is no chance for the two of you to reconcile.
For a fault-based divorce, you must provide a valid grounds for the marriage’s
breakdown. Some of these might include the following:
- sexual deviance;
- substance abuse;
- marital abandonment;
- extreme mental or physical cruelty; or
- irreconcilable differences.
Fault is not typically considered when deciding on how to appropriately
divide property. It can, however, be used in deciding alimony—determining what would be considered reasonable and what would not be.
A spouse who has had an affair, as an example, may be awarded a low amount
of spousal support. On the other hand, the spouse who suffered due to
adultery may be given a higher amount.
How to File for Divorce in NJ
When filing for divorce, you will need to include a:
“Filing Letter to the Court—Complaint Form,” which states that you are filing for divorce and have enclosed the filing
fee or that you want a waiver for the fee;
“Certification of Insurance,” which should list all insurance coverage (life, auto, health and homeowners);
“Certification of Notification of Complementary Dispute Resolution,” which states that you are aware that mediation is an option;
Family Part Case Information Statement,” which is filed if there are issues regarding custody, support, alimony,
or the division of debt/assets. This form also requires you to list your
income, assets and debts.
- “Confidential Litigant Information Sheet”
You will need to make at least three copies of all divorce paperwork, since
the court requires that you provide one original for filing and two copies.
You should also provide the court with a self-addressed stamped envelope
so the court can give you a copy of what you filed. The copy will be marked
Once you receive a copy of the filed complaint, you will need to fill out
the summons and the attached proof of service and prepare to serve your
spouse. Under NJ law, the defendant needs to be personally served a copy
of the divorce paperwork via hand delivery. The defendant will then have
35 days to respond.
How Long Does a Divorce Take in New Jersey?
The more complex a case, the more time it may take, however, the laws in
New Jersey state that the courts must not allow the divorce process to
exceed 12 months. When you turn to a New Jersey divorce lawyer from Stolfe
Zeigler New Jersey Family Law Group, you’ll receive the attentive,
personalized legal guidance you deserve.
We offer support before, during, and after your divorce, working tirelessly
to find a solution that’s right for you and your family. Additionally,
if you are facing a high-net-worth divorce, our
New Jersey divorce attorneys are prepared to help you fight and keep your assets.
Obtaining Favorable Outcomes in Complex Cases
With backgrounds in both divorce litigation and family law mediation, our
New Jersey divorce attorney is ready to help you find the solution that
works for your unique situation. We understand that every family is different,
which is why we take the time to understand every detail of your circumstances.
Contact Stolfe Zeigler New Jersey Family Law Group at (732) 585-1651 to schedule a case review with our divorce attorneys in New Jersey.