Uncontested Divorce Lawyer Trenton
Uncontested Divorces in Mercer County are not as complicated as you might think, as long as you have the right lawyer to guide you. New Jersey has a rather streamlined process, with some additional effort needed if you have minor children or property to divide, or if you do not know where your spouse is residing. But in general, if both parties agree (or at the very least, if the other party does not oppose the Divorce), and if you have been a resident for at least six (6) months, you can move through the process easily.
One seemingly simple, yet common issue is: you do not know where your spouse is located. It will cause additional effort to locate your spouse because you cannot divorce him/her without them receiving notice that you want to divorce them. We can help you by trying to find them via various resources (skip trace, post master search, etc.) If we cannot locate the person, we would have to file a motion for alternative service. That means we ask the court to allow us to serve your spouse at their “last known address” because we cannot really find them. This is not easy to navigate alone, however, our experienced staff will be able to help you. Once we receive the order to allow us to serve your spouse at their last known address, we can proceed.
Another important point to note is if you have minor children, you have to attend a parenting class. It is mandated and scheduled from the court after the Divorce complaint is filed. You have to watch a video and they tell you about how to divorce in a healthy way for the sake of the children.
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If you have property to divide that is simple as well, if both parties agree. We will simply draft an agreement stating how the parties will split their property, and it gets submitted to the court. This agreement will be incorporated with the Final Judgment of Divorce (the divorce decree.)
Additionally, in NJ, you must attend a hearing to finalize your divorce. At this hearing, we verbally put “on the record” exactly what we stated in the initial complaint. When you walk out…you have your divorce decree in hand! The hearing takes about 20 minutes, very easy, and we will prepare you and accompany you as well. (Please let us know if you need an interpreter, the court will provide this service for free.)
Finally, you do not need the signature of your spouse at all, however, it will shorten the process a little bit if they are able to sign paperwork and return to us for filing. However, if you: (1) Want to get a divorce, (2) Know where your spouse is located, and (3) Your spouse is not against the Divorce, then you can get a divorce with no participation of your spouse whatsoever. They do not even have to attend the final hearing, we will simply mail them their copy of the decree.
We hope you feel empowered with the information above to move forward…there is no need to delay if you are ready to move on to the next step in your life, and we are happy to help you!. Contact us today for a consultation!
This content was written on behalf of Greg Prosmushkin.