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What you need to know before filing for divorce

| May 17, 2021 | Divorce |

While New Jersey couples don’t get married with the intention of divorce, time can change people and feelings. If you’re no longer happy in your marriage, it’s likely that you’ve considered filing for divorce. Before you submit the paperwork, it’s important to understand a few things first.

There are different types of divorces

The truth is that there are different types of divorces that you can file for. Most people link the term “divorce” with a contested or default divorce. These are more expensive and time-consuming divorce proceedings.

However, another type of divorce is an uncontested divorce. This type of divorce is typically less expensive and much quicker. Couples who are able to end things in an amicable fashion are better off filing for an uncontested divorce. This type allows them to create a divorce decree by themselves and simply have a judge sign off on it.

It’s best to have a plan of action

Before you file for divorce, it’s a good idea to have an action plan ready. This will ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible, and it allows you to emotionally prepare yourself for the road ahead. Your plan should include contacting an attorney, saving money for the divorce fees, deciding how you are going to handle child custody and determining how you want to handle your various marital assets. It’s best to draw your plan up and get it on paper. That way, you can refer back to it throughout the entire divorce process.

While filing for divorce is definitely a big step toward a new future, it should only be done when you’re prepared. Having a plan of action ready to go can help to make your divorce process smoother and take some of the emotional instability out of the process.