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Divorce laws New Jersey- FAQs
Ques: 1. What is the regular waiting period for filing a complaint for divorce in court?
Ans: 1. This usually depends on the grounds or reasons for your complaint. Some reasons along with their respective waiting periods are:
Desertion- You can file a complaint for divorce after 12 months of desertion.
Adultery- No waiting period.
Mutual Agreement or ‘No Fault'- You can file a complaint for divorce if you and your partner have been living separate for 18 consecutive months.
Ques: 2. What does ‘equitable distribution' of the property mean?
Ans :2. According to the New Jersey laws, the joint property of the couple is divided among them using a ‘fair and reasonable' set of rules which are based on the various circumstances and the financial and economic positions of both the parties.
Ques 3. Do I need an attorney for my case? Will the court provide me a lawyer if I cannot afford one?
Ans 3. Although it is not necessary, we would strongly recommend you to hire a reputable and experienced divorce attorney in Monmouth County NJ so that he/she may prepare all the required paperwork for you. This is especially critical if you have to make decisions regarding property, child custody or visitation, and spousal support.