What You Should Know About Contested Divorce in New Jersey

There are few things more complicated in life than divorce. Unfortunately, if you are someone who is currently getting divorced and you and your spouse cannot agree on the terms of your divorce, you are in what is known as a contested divorce. These divorces are often particularly complex, however, our experienced New Jersey divorce attorneys are here to help. Please continue reading and speak with our firm to learn more about contested divorce and how we can assist you through every step of the process ahead. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What happens during the contested divorce process?

When a couple gets divorced and cannot agree on the terms of their divorce, their divorce will generally enter the litigation process. Unfortunately, the litigation process is often fairly rocky, as both spouses will have to attend sessions in court, wherein a judge will ultimately decide on the terms of their divorce, such as child custody, child support, property distribution, spousal support, and more. In many cases, the litigation process is costly, both in terms of time and money, which is why, oftentimes, spouses will look to other options.

Is there a way to avoid going to court when getting divorced?

Fortunately, there is–as long as you and your spouse are capable of compromising with one another. One of the most common alternative dispute resolution options is mediation. When a couple hires a divorce mediator, they hire a non-biased third party whose job is to facilitate civil, productive, conversation between the two spouses. Your mediator will listen to both of your concerns, and from there, he or she will try to work out a compromise that works best for both you and your spouse. Mediation sessions are conducted outside of the courtroom, which often makes for a more productive, low-stakes scenario. In the end, both spouses should feel as though their voices have been heard, making them more likely to accept the terms of their divorce agreement and more ready to move on with their lives without harboring any grudges or bitterness. If you have any further questions or you would like to get started, please do not hesitate to speak with our knowledgeable New Jersey divorce mediators today. Our firm is ready to assist you, no matter where you are in the divorce process.

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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