In New Jersey, there are several grounds on which you can file for divorce, including desertion, extreme cruelty, adultery, and no-fault. By referencing a ‘no-fault’ divorce in New Jersey, you are essentially saying no fault will be assigned to any party in the divorce by the courts. No-fault divorces are settled by distinguishing irreconcilable differences in conjunction with an 18-month separation time period.
How to File For Divorce In N.J.
To file for a divorce in New Jersey, you must meet certain residency requirements. These requirements state that one or both of the parties involved in filing for divorce, either the petitioner or the respondent, must have resided in the state of New Jersey for a 12-month consecutive time period prior to filing papers for divorce. Before filing, it is important to note that the parties involved must have experienced a minimum of six months of irreconcilable differences or have lived apart for the 18-month separation period with no hope for reconciliation.
New Jersey Divorce Paperwork
As is true with any legal matter, you will need to complete several forms for filing your no-fault divorce. The Petition-Marriage Form and the Summons Form must be completed and turned into the appropriate divisions. As well, marriages with children will need to complete several additional forms. For a full list of forms which will need to be completed prior to filing for divorce in New Jersey, contact the local county clerk’s office for guidance. They will be able to assist you with the forms required. If each party agrees to the terms of the divorce, you can proceed with a Divorce Settlement Agreement. Most importantly, contact a New Jersey divorce attorney for any questions or concerns that are beyond your comprehension to ensure that you are met with a favorable outcome in your divorce.
We can’t say it enough – copies, copies, copies! Be sure you have several copies of the appropriate completed forms. You will need to send the original completed forms, as well as two copies, to the court. Keeping two copies for yourself is a good rule of thumb. Remember to double-check that each form has been signed, dated and completely filled in.
Filing for Divorce at the County Clerk’s Office
Once you have taken the above steps, you are ready to deliver your completed forms to the county clerk’s office along with the appropriate payment for fees. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your materials, so that the court can easily return your filed copies. After filing, you will be given a docket number. Be sure to write this docket number on all of your photocopies.