Choosing to get a divorce is a major decision.  We will provide the attention to detail necessary,  whether it is an uncontested divorce (meaning both parties want the divorce and agree on what it is they want) or a contested one.  After you make this  life-altering decision, we’ll bring your case from start to finish at the earliest possible date.  Unlike a “document preparation service”, our office is in it for the long haul and the full ride, from the filing of the complaint to that coveted gold-sealed (or digitally time-stamped) final judgment of divorce.

Our goal is to make the process as painless as possible by moving your case in the most efficient and effective way we can.  You call the shots, and we make it happen.

We also handle all related issues such as domestic violence restraining orders, custody, prenuptial agreements and more.  Ask us about legal separation and Bed and Board divorce.

To learn more about the causes of action for divorce (such as irreconcilable differences) read here.

To learn more about the factors the Court will consider regarding awarding alimony (also known as spousal support) read here.  Termination of alimony is a complex area of the law, but our state legislature documented some of the factors to be reviewed by the court in N.J.S.A. 2A:34-23. Full retirement age is  loosely defined as the age you are entitled to receive full social security benefits.

If you are age 62 or older you may be eligible to share in your spouse’s social security benefits.   Here are more details on your rights after divorce and here are the rules about your eligibility for retirement.

Here are the child support factors.  The court determines when child support ends–defined as emancipation.  Currently New Jersey defaults to ending support when the child reaches the age of nineteen (19) pursuant to a new law passed in 2017.  See N.J.S.A. 2A:17-56.67-56.73.  Deciding which parent pays for private school and/or college tuition, room and board may also be a contentious issue.

Custody is divided into two categories: legal custody and physical custody.  Here are the factors the court reviews in a custody dispute.  Parenting time and sharing holidays may need to be specified in writing. Removing a child from the State of New Jersey on a permanent basis requires the consent of the other parent or an order of the Court.

Equitable distribution is another hotly contested area.  Is there a marital home or other real estate to be divided?  What about savings, investments, retirement including 401(k)’s and pensions? If one spouse owns a business, that asset can be in the mix.  The court has a set of factors to analyze.

Once we file your divorce here are some details about service of process in New Jersey.

Schedule a consultation with Richard F. Fried, Esq.  Tell us more about your case here or call 732-603-1115 to set up an initial phone or zoom consultation.  Here are many of the items you can start to gather to make it easier to begin your divorce, but we can often start your case with just a few key materials.

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