Can I Get Divorced If My Spouse Lives in a Different State?

If you and your spouse are no longer living in the same state, and you are going through a divorce, this can complicate the process. This is why it is important that you retain the services of an understanding and skilled divorce attorney or divorce mediator who can walk you through the steps ahead with your best interests in mind. Our legal team at Townsend, Tomaio, & Newmark understands the emotional toll a divorce brings. We are here to help. To learn more about divorcing when your spouse lives in a different state, continue reading and reach out to our experienced firm. Here are some of the questions you may have regarding the weeks and months to come:

What are the residency requirements for a no-fault divorce in New Jersey?

One of the first steps the court will take before the divorce proceedings begin is to establish jurisdiction. This refers to the requirements that will need to be satisfied by your divorce in order for it to take place. A no-fault New Jersey divorce must meet the following requirements:

  • You or your spouse has resided in New Jersey for at least 12 consecutive months before you file for divorce
  • You and your spouse have experienced irreconcilable differences for at least 6 months
  • This irreconcilable difference makes it clear that your marriage has irretrievably broken meaning that your marriage should unquestionably come to an end
  • You believe there is no reasonable chance for reconciliation at any time in the future

Do I need a divorce mediator?

Gaining the assistance of a divorce mediator may allow you and your spouse to come to a compromise that is best for both of you. A divorce mediator is an unbiased, neutral third party who will facilitate civil conversation between you and your spouse. They will share the common goal with you and your spouse to resolve any disputes regarding the terms of your divorce outside of a courtroom setting. One of the major benefits of hiring a divorce mediator is that spouses feel it gives them far more control over the outcome of their divorce.

If you require the assistance of an experienced mediator for your divorce, do not hesitate to contact Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark today.

Contact our experienced Bergen County firm

At Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark, our attorneys have extensive experience helping clients to understand and protect their legal rights before, during, and after the divorce process in towns across New Jersey and Bergen County, including Hackensack, Ridgewood, Paramus, Teaneck, and Fort Lee. To speak with our team of divorce lawyers today in a free and confidential consultation regarding your concerns about your divorce, please contact us online, or through our Hackensack, NJ office at (201) 397-1750.

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