Different Divorce Methods in New Jersey | What to Know

Divorce can be an abstract concept. We know that divorce is the process of ending a marriage, but what does that process look like? The truth is, the journey will look different for everyone. This can make things seem even more daunting. However, educating yourself on your various options can help elucidate the process ahead. Read on to learn more about the various methods of divorce available in New Jersey.

Different Divorce Methods in New Jersey

  • Litigation
    • Litigation takes place through the court. During this process, a judge will make decisions on your behalf. These decisions may regard matters of child custody, child support, alimony, the division of assets, and more. However, the process can be lengthy and expensive. It is also important to know that decisions that are finalized in the court can become a matter of public record, meaning a divorce that takes place outside of the court may afford more privacy.
  •  Mediation
    • A mediated divorce takes place outside of court. It involves the couple working with a neutral third party. This third party will help the couple settle the matters of their divorce. This process can often be shorter and cheaper, however, it requires compromise and communication between the couple.
  • Arbitration
    • Arbitration is similar to mediation, in that it involves a neutral third party working with the couple to work through the matters of their divorce. But, arbitration is different because in this case, the third party acts as a judge and can make legal decisions on behalf of the couple.
  • Collaborative divorce
    • A collaborative divorce involves each party obtaining a lawyer. Then, a series of four-way meetings take place to come up with creative solutions to the matters at hand. Additionally, both parties may involve expert witnesses.

Which divorce method is best?

Each couple will end their marriage on different terms. Additionally, some couples have children, while others do not. Couples will find themselves in different financial situations, etc. As a result, different couples will benefit from different methods of divorce. It is important to speak with an experienced attorney who can help you determine the best route to take for your unique situation.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact our firm to speak with a skilled and experienced divorce attorney. We will advocate for you and walk you through the process every step of the way.

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If you require strong legal representation for matters related to divorce or family law, Haber Silver Simpson & Russoniello is here to help. We proudly represent clients in Morris County and throughout the state of New Jersey. Contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.