Monmouth County Divorce

Family Law Lawyers Guiding Residents of Monmouth County

Monmouth County, the fifth-most populous county in New Jersey, is located along the Jersey Shore. It ranks among the highest-income counties in the nation. The County was established in 1683 and was the site of the American Revolutionary War's Battle of Monmouth in 1778. According to the most recent census, over half of its households consist of married couples. The Monmouth County divorce attorneys at Goldstein Law Group can assist you with protecting your interests regarding property division, child custody, child support, and alimony.

Seeking a New Jersey Divorce

Either you or your spouse must have lived in New Jersey for at least 12 months before filing a divorce petition in the state. You can file a fault or a no-fault divorce. Most people choose to file a no-fault divorce, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for it. Nobody is blamed in a no-fault divorce. You can also select a fault-based ground, citing specific reasons for the divorce, such as extreme cruelty, hospitalization for mental illness, adultery, or your spouse's imprisonment.

In some cases, a spouse does not want to contest the divorce, and the spouses agree on all issues, such as where the children will live and who gets certain pieces of property. An uncontested divorce or divorce by default is possible. However, in most cases, spouses have differing views about some aspect of the case. One of them may want more parenting time, or one of them may want alimony, while the other spouse disagrees. These issues may be able to be resolved with the help of experienced attorneys, but the judge will still need to approve a settlement agreement and may ask some questions to make sure it is fair.

The first step in a contested divorce is filing a divorce complaint. Within 35 days of receiving the complaint, the defendant must file an answer or counterclaim. When a counterclaim is filed, the plaintiff has 20 days to respond.

The judge will set a timetable for the divorce at a case management conference shortly after the pleading stage is complete. The case management conference will outline what needs to happen before the trial and the dates by which certain actions should be completed. The timetable may include a period for discovery, which is the process of fact-finding that may involve depositions of the spouses or other witnesses and the production of documents.

Both parties must prepare a case information statement that identifies all assets and liabilities. The statement should be comprehensive, including information about a spouse's income, shelter, and personal expenses. Accompanying the statement should be tax returns, the spouse's last three pay stubs, pension statements, and mutual fund and stock statements.

Discuss a Divorce Proceeding with a Monmouth County Attorney

At Goldstein Law Group, our sophisticated family law attorneys are dedicated to helping people who are seeking a divorce or dealing with related issues. We maintain our main office in Old Bridge and keep a satellite office in Freehold. Contact our Monmouth County divorce lawyers at 732-967-6777 or via our online form.

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