Hunterdon County Divorce Lawyers
Every divorce case is different, and you need a lawyer who will listen to you and get to know you before they give you any legal advice. Contact Tune Law Group, LLC today if you are seeking or going through a divorce. Our Hunterdon County divorce lawyers will walk you through the process and work to protect your best interests.
Getting a Divorce in Hunterdon County
To file for divorce in New Jersey, the State must have jurisdiction. Typically, the requirement is that either spouse must have lived in New Jersey for at least one year before filing for divorce. Venue in the Superior Court is often determined based upon where the parties reside.
Grounds for Divorce in Hunterdon County
You need to have “grounds” to receive a divorce in New Jersey. The state has both fault and no-fault grounds for divorce. However, many opt to go with a no-fault divorce. The two no-fault grounds include:
- Irreconcilable differences: This is when the spouses cannot get along for six months or more, leading to the breakdown of the marriage.
- Separation: This is when the two spouses have lived separately and apart for at least 18 consecutive months or more, and there is no reasonable possibility of reconciliation between them.
There are seven fault grounds for divorce:
- Deviant sexual conduct;
- Institutionalization for mental illness;
- Addiction to drugs or alcohol for 12 or more consecutive months after marriage;
- Extreme cruelty, whether it is physical or mental;
- Abandonment, which is when a spouse leaves the home for 12 months or more.
You must provide evidence if you file for divorce using one of the fault grounds listed above.
What Is an Uncontested Divorce?
An uncontested divorce is when the two spouses have reached an agreement on all major issues about the divorce, including but not limited to:
- Child support and College Contribution;
- Division of marital property;
- Child custody.
The spouses would reach a marital settlement agreement, which is filed with the court and becomes part of the court order. In New Jersey, a divorce trial is the exception, not the rule, with most divorces being uncontested.
Settling Your Divorce in Hunterdon County
Here are just two of the ways that spouses could reach a settlement agreement that resolves divorce issues:
- They may negotiate individual issues through their lawyers. Their lawyers could exchange discovery and remain in frequent communication to reach a compromise based upon the production of documents and arguments raised by both sides.
- They may enlist the help of a mediator whose job is to facilitate communication and bridge differences.
The Legal Process for a Divorce in Hunterdon County
The typical divorce process includes:
- One party filing a complaint for divorce and serving it on the other party.
- The other spouse filing an answer and/or counterclaim.
- Discovery, where the two spouses exchange relevant information and have the opportunity to issue subpoenas and take depositions.
- Extensive negotiations to reach a fair settlement or, in the event no resolution can be reached, a trial before a judge where each side may present evidence and arguments.
Even if you believe there will be little to no issues in your case, you should expect resolution to take some time, particularly as the Court sets a schedule the parties are to abide by. Depending on the court’s docket, contested divorces can take a year or more to resolve.
Why Should You Hire a Divorce Lawyer?
Here are some reasons why you should consider hiring a divorce lawyer for your case:
- You are too close to the situation to handle your divorce case, and emotion may get in the way of reaching the best result;
- You are unfamiliar with the legal process;
- You may not think of many long-term considerations you need to address while getting divorced;
- You may be unaware of short-term implications.
Contact Our Hunterdon County Divorce Lawyers at Tune Law Group, LLC for Help with Your Divorce
Our experienced Hunterdon County divorce lawyers at Tune Law Group, LLC will work with you during every step of the divorce process. We understand that you are going through a difficult time, and we can compassionately handle your divorce case while advocating for your best interests. Call 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.