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Lebanon Township Divorce Lawyers

When going through a divorce, you need an experienced legal team and a strong support system to alleviate emotional and legal challenges while assuring your rights and best interests are protected. If you are considering divorce, our knowledgeable and skilled Lebanon Township divorce lawyers at Tune Law Group, LLC will advocate for you every step of the way.

Our experienced lawyers represent clients in a diverse range of divorce-related matters, including but not limited to the following:

What Are the Grounds for Divorce?

One of you must have resided in New Jersey for at least 12 consecutive months before filing for divorce, and you must determine whether you want to file a “fault” or “no-fault” divorce, which have different grounds. The majority of divorces are filed as no-fault, known as “uncontested divorce,” based on one of the following grounds:

  • Separation: You must have lived separately in different residences for at least 18 consecutive months, with no possible reconciliation.
  • Irreconcilable differences: You have not been able to get along for at least six months, and reconciliation is not possible.

To file for a fault-based divorce, you must state and be able to demonstrate one or more of the state’s seven required grounds:

  • Abandonment or desertion
  • Adultery
  • Alcohol or drug addiction
  • Deviant sexual behavior
  • Domestic violence or mental abuse
  • Extreme mental or physical cruelty
  • Institutionalization or Imprisonment

What Is the Divorce Process in Lebanon Township?

Each divorce has unique circumstances that may require various aspects of the legal process, but the general process of divorcing includes:

  • Petition: One spouse files a divorce petition with the court.
  • Counterclaim: The other spouse must respond to the complaint within 35 days of being served.
  • Discovery: Spouses exchange all relevant information, issue subpoenas, and take depositions.
  • Mediation: A voluntary process of negotiating a mutually agreed-upon settlement with a neutral third-party facilitator. If an agreement is reached, it is filed with the court for review, and the divorce decree is issued.
  • Settlement conference: A required Intensive Settlement Conference with the court if mediation failed to produce an agreement.
  • Trial: If all negotiation attempts fail, the case moves into the courtroom, and a judge makes the final determinations.

What Is a Settlement Agreement?

Numerous issues must be settled during divorce, such as asset division, child custody, support and visitation, and alimony. These must be included in a legally binding settlement agreement that the court must approve and file before issuing a divorce decree. Divorcing couples have many negotiation methods, such as mediation, arbitration, or courtroom litigation.

What Is Divorce Mediation?

Mediation is an alternative process that aids couples in reaching a settlement agreement in a structured environment facilitated by a trained neutral mediator. It allows spouses to control their own divorce proceedings and negotiate with one another. Mediation is private and confidential and is an excellent option for resolving disputes quickly and with less expense.

How Is Marital Property Divided in New Jersey?

Marital property includes all assets acquired during the marriage. New Jersey is an equitable property state, and assets are divided equitably, not necessarily equally. Several factors are considered, including the length of marriage and marital standard of living, value of assets, and each spouse’s:

  • Age and health;
  • Current income and earning capacity;
  • Financial and economic circumstances;
  • Assets contributed to the marriage;
  • Any other relevant factors.

Why Should You Have a Divorce Lawyer?

Even the most amicable divorces can present difficult and emotional experiences during the process that can create challenges. Lack of familiarity with legal processes, emotionally clouded judgment, and the capacity to overlook long-term considerations or short-term implications can significantly affect the outcome of your divorce without the objective advice and guidance of a seasoned lawyer.

Our Lebanon Township Divorce Lawyers at Tune Law Group, LLC Protect Clients’ Interests During Divorce

Divorce can be a challenging experience, and our compassionate and dedicated Lebanon Township divorce lawyers at Tune Law Group, LLC will provide the guidance and support you need. Call today at 908-434-1061 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. Located in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey, we serve clients in and around Hunterdon County, Monmouth County, Whitehouse, and Tewksbury.