How to Prepare for a Divorce in the State of New Jersey

If you believe you are ready to file for a divorce, then there are a few things you should know before moving forward. Divorce may be a more complicated process than you think, so it is important you do the necessary research so you are sufficiently prepared. In order to give you a better idea of what the divorce process entails, we answer some of the most frequently asked questions below: 

How do I begin the divorce process?

Given the personal nature of this decision, it is important you first ask yourself if you are definitely ready to jump in. This does not mean you should second-guess yourself, rather, it simply means that you need to be sure you are mentally prepared. Once the paperwork starts, it essentially does not stop until the divorce is finalized. If you believe you are ready to take on the physical and emotional stress the divorce process sometimes creates, then read on to learn more.

What do I do once I know I am ready for a divorce?

The first thing you will need to do is gather and organize your financial information. The courts will request the following documents from both you and your spouse: W-2 forms, credit card statements, pay stubs, tax returns, bank statements and more. The courts need this information in order to get a better understanding of how your marriage operates financially. Once you have gathered all the necessary documentation, you must then determine your own personal financial situation. If you plan on moving out or living alone, you will need to know how much money you will have at your disposal to cover your daily expenses. Groceries, property maintenance, monthly bills or rent are just some of the expenses you may have to account for. If you find this overwhelming, you can always contact an experienced attorney to guide you along the way.

Is there more than one way to get a divorce?

Yes, there is. You may either get a divorce through litigation, arbitration, or mediation. Generally, if you cannot determine the terms of your divorce civilly with your spouse alone, it is best to either hire an arbitrator or a mediator to help. Essentially, if you go through the arbitration or mediation process, you hire professionals to help you negotiate the terms of your divorce through a neutral perspective. Arbitrators or mediators will allow both parties to say their piece and will help sort out the terms from an unbiased perspective. Generally, this is a far quicker and less complicated means of getting your divorce than going through the litigation process. Since this process usually leads to a more civil process overall, it may be far less of an emotional experience for you, your spouse, and your children.

Contact our experienced New Jersey firm

Before taking any sort of legal action, it is important to discuss your legal matter with an experienced attorney. Contact The Radol Law Firm to discuss any divorce and family law matters you may be faced with.