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Getting divorced can be a long process if the parties have many important topics to discuss and negotiate before it may be finalized. However, before they ever set foot in a courtroom to start unraveling their marital connections, they must meet several important requirements to have their right to use the courts in the first place. This post will generally cover some of the requirements parties must face in order to file for divorce in New Jersey.

First, one of the parties to the divorce must have been a resident of the state when the event or decision to divorce as first reached. This means that one of the parties had to have been a New Jersey resident when grounds of fault commenced or must have been living in New Jersey as a resident when the parties decided to separate.

Second, divorces may proceed as no-fault or fault-based hearings, and in New Jersey several grounds of fault are recognized. Adultery, cruelty, insanity and incarceration may form the bases of divorces between individuals. As previously mentioned, no-fault divorces may also be sought through the courts, and they may be secured after the parties have been separated for 18 months.

Readers of this post probably understand that a divorce is more than ending a marriage. It is a negotiation over property, custody, support and a host of other topics. Getting a divorce started on the right foot can be supported by seeking divorce counselors who are prepared to advocate for their clients unique needs and rights.