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Different Types of Divorce in New Jersey | What to Know

Divorce is a common occurrence, but every divorce is different. As a result, there are different methods when it comes to finalizing a divorce. Read on to learn more about different types of divorce available in New Jersey.

What is litigation?

When people think of divorce, they often think of litigation. Litigation takes place in the court. This means that a New Jersey judge will make decisions on the matters of your divorce, such as alimony, custody, child support, division of assets, and more. This can be a long and arduous process. It can also be expensive, and public. This is because matters settled in the court can become public record. While litigation is the best choice for some couples, it is not the only option.

What are the different types of divorce in New Jersey?

Often, couples seek alternative methods of divorce. This is because settling a divorce outside of the court can allow for a quicker, cheaper, and more private experience. The following are some common methods of divorce:

  • 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 determine the matters of their divorce.
  • 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.

What method of divorce is best?

There is no one-size-fits-all method when it comes to divorce. Every couple is different and will benefit from a different process. Your choices may depend on your financial situation, your relationship with your spouse, and more. It can be difficult to determine which method of divorce is best for you, but speaking with an experienced attorney can help.

If you are getting divorced in New Jersey, you will need the help of a skilled attorney. Reach out today to discuss your situation with an experienced and dedicated attorney.

Contact our experienced New Jersey firm

If you require strong legal representation for matters related to divorce or family law, Haber Silver Russoniello & Dunn 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.

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