Divorce Trends in 2020

Through the years, divorce has changed. In most recent times, we have noticed several trends and common threads among divorcing spouses in New Jersey. If you are someone who is getting a divorce, these trends may impact you in some way. Please read on and reach out to our experienced New Jersey divorce attorneys to learn more about the process going forward and how our firm can help you. Some of the main divorce trends in New Jersey are as follows:

  • Social media is playing a far more significant role in divorce matters than we have ever seen. This is especially true when it comes to making arguments for spouses needing/not needing child or spousal support. For example, if one spouse claims they need alimony payments, then posts a picture/status stating the just moved in with a new romantic partner, you may have a valid case in disproving that claim.
  • Generally, people are looking more towards divorce mediation as opposed to litigation. Nowadays, people prefer mediation to litigation for several reasons: for one, the process is oftentimes far less contentious. When you hire a divorce mediator, you hire an unbiased third-party who will work to help facilitate calm, productive conversation between you and your spouse to reach a compromise regarding the terms of your divorce. This is perhaps the best way to turn a contested divorce into an uncontested one.
  • More and more people over the age of 50 are getting divorced. This is a fairly recent phenomenon, though these divorces, unfortunately, are oftentimes more complicated than divorces between younger couples. For example, since those over 50 presumably have less working years ahead than younger couples, they will generally have less time to make up for any assets lost in the equitable distribution process. These divorces also have serious impacts on estate plans and more, which is why those getting divorces over the age of 50 must hire an experienced divorce attorney.
  • Child custody is no longer immediately awarded to the mother. This is something that has become increasingly true over the years, especially now that women are far more likely to work 40-hour workweeks. As the amount of working couples increases, so does the court’s likelihood to give them more of a 50/50 split in terms of child custody.

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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