The decision to file for a divorce can be life changing. In the event of a divorce, you can trust the compassion and experience of Alexandra Rigden at Rigden Law.
We are proud to provide counsel across the areas of Burlington County, Camden County, Gloucester County, Ocean County, Atlantic County, Cape May County, Salem County, Cumberland County, and Mercer County, New Jersey.
How Can I File for a Divorce in New Jersey?
If you are filing for a divorce in the state of New Jersey, you must be a state resident for at least one year prior to the filing. The exception to this rule is in cases of adultery, though you may want to consult with an attorney before filing.
You must also have legal grounds for divorce. An attorney can help you determine what your grounds are and how to proceed.
Once you meet the residential and legal requirements, you may file for divorce.
What Are the Grounds for Divorce?
The state of New Jersey allows for both no-fault and fault-based divorces. The grounds for filing may depend on your personal circumstances. The right legal counsel can help you determine whether or not you have proper grounds.
Though the state allows no-fault and fault-based divorce filings, there is a key difference between them.
A no-fault divorce may be pursued after at least six months of irreconcilable differences between the parties. This is by far the most common ground for divorces because it does not state that either party is at fault. Irreconcilable differences may cover anything, from personal conflict to unresolvable disputes. The party seeking the divorce must simply allege that the differences have existed for at least 6 months, and there is no reasonable prospect of reconciliation.
A couple may also file for divorce based on separation. If you and your spouse have been living apart for at least 18 months, you may file under these grounds, although it is uncommon for divorcing parties to do so because of the grounds of irreconcilable differences.
A fault-based divorce occurs when the actions and behaviors of one party are the primary cause behind the filing. Some individuals may choose to file a fault-based divorce in the following circumstances:
- Extreme cruelty
- Desertion or constructive desertion
Working With an Attorney
Proper legal counsel from an experienced attorney is essential during a divorce. From possible court dates to breaking down legal jargon, an attorney can help you through the entire process and prepare you for your new life.
At Rigden Law, Alexandra Rigden provides experienced and compassionate counsel during the process of divorce. Alexandra Rigden can advise you from the beginning to the end of your case.
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If you are starting the process of divorce in South Jersey, Rigden Law can provide legal counsel.
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