The Documents You Will Need to Get a Divorce in New Jersey

If you would like to begin divorce proceedings, please read on, then contact one of our experienced divorce attorneys in Bergen County, NJ to learn what documents you will need to have in order to get a divorce in New Jersey.

What documents do you need for a divorce in New Jersey?

In the Garden State, if you are the one initiating the divorce, you will fill out the forms as the “plaintiff.” Your spouse is the “defendant.” To start the divorce proceedings, i.e. the dissolution, you will need to complete the following documents:

  • Complaint for divorce
  • Summons
  • Confidential litigant information sheet
  • Certification of self-represented litigant and dispute resolution alternatives
  • Certification regarding redaction of personal identifiers
  • Certification of verification and non-collusion
  • Certification of insurance coverage

Depending on your grounds for divorce, you will have to choose one of several forms. They are as follows:

  • No fault divorce based on 18-month separation: Court form 1A
  • No fault divorce based on irreconcilable differences: Court form 1D
  • Fault divorce based on desertion: Court form 1B
  • Fault divorce based on extreme cruelty: Court form 1C

What should your divorce documents address in New Jersey?

Your divorce complaint should also list the various topics you might want the court to address, such as:

  • Alimony and/or spousal support
  • Child custody
  • Child support
  • How to divide your property and debts

Whether or not you think you can handle this on your own, you should reach out to one of our skilled Bergen County divorce attorneys to discuss what steps you should take.

How can a Bergen County divorce attorney help you?

First and foremost, a qualified legal representative from our Bergen County law firm can apprise you of what documents you will need, what you will need to include in them, how to word them and when and where to submit them. Failure to follow rules and regulations, even minor ones, can cost you dearly farther down the road. Our firm will help prevent that. Keep in mind that a divorce is usually more than the submission of documents. You will have a long legal process ahead of you. With our firm working on your behalf, we can help you navigate it with confidence. Do not go it alone. Please give us a call 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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