Opposing a Divorce in New Jersey | What You Should Know

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If you have been served divorce papers, please read on, then contact one of our experienced contested divorce attorneys in Bergen County, NJ to learn what you should know about opposing a divorce in New Jersey.

On what grounds can you contest a divorce in New Jersey?

You can contest a divorce on one of several legitimate grounds. When one spouse files for divorce, the other spouse may contest it if he or she is not in full agreement with any number of aspects of the case, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • The proposed division of assets, such as properties and automobiles
  • The proposed child custody agreement
  • The proposed alimony
  • The divorce itself

To contest any of the above-listed, you will need to have reasons.

What reasons may you have for opposing a divorce in New Jersey?

You may oppose a divorce for a number of reasons, but the most common include:

  • You believe you and your spouse can reconcile: If each of the parties wishes to attempt to reconcile differences, the couple will move through a facilitated reconciliation process. If the reconciliation is successful, the filing spouse may reconsider and withdraw the divorce filing.
  • You disagree with the terms of the divorce: If the receiving spouse does not agree with the terms of the divorce listed in the preceding section or any others, he or she may file a Notice of Appearance with the Superior Court: Family Part within twenty days of having received the divorce papers.
  • You wish to file a counterclaim: Along with not agreeing to the terms of the divorce and in addition to filing a Notice of Appearance with the Superior Court: Family Part, you may file a counterclaim offering amended terms to the divorce that reflect the receiving partner’s required terms in order to agree to the divorce. We would be remiss if we did not inform you that this sort of legal back and forth came with the possibility of leading to protracted, acrimonious and costly litigation.

If you wish to contest any aspect of your divorce or just want to have your rights protected, you should reach out to one of our skilled Bergen County divorce attorneys to discuss your next steps.

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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