Where Do I Get Divorce Papers?

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When you want to file for divorce, you need divorce papers. Fortunately, they are usually easy to find at your local courthouse or through other sources. It’s the divorce itself that usually proves far more difficult. Our Bergen County divorce attorneys can help you fight for the best possible outcomes in this process.

Where Can I Go to Get Divorce Papers?

When you want divorce papers, you can go to the court in your county. A court ombudsman can tell you more about what you need and guide you in the right direction. Now, you should remember that the ombudsman is just an employee of the court. They must remain neutral. So they cannot offer you legal advice, but they can tell you what needs to be done in order to begin the divorce process.

The Legal Services of New Jersey can also offer you a free divorce guide with instructions about how to start the divorce process. They also sell a kit with the complete instructions and all other documents you would need to file divorce papers for $25.

What Documents Need to Be Filed Along With Divorce Papers?

This process is, perhaps unsurprisingly, going to require a lot of paperwork. You must file the following when asking for a divorce:

  • A complaint for divorce
  • A summons for your spouse
  • A certification of self-represented litigant and dispute resolution alternatives
  • Certification of verification and non-collusion
  • A confidential litigant information sheet
  • Certification of insurance coverage

All of these must be filed in the county in which you live. After this, your spouse will receive the divorce papers and respond.

Do I Need a Reason to File For Divorce?

When you file for divorce, you need to show that you have “grounds” for divorce. This can be a specific reason, like abandonment, abuse, or adultery. You do not need a specific reason though.

New Jersey allows a “no-fault” divorce, sometimes referred to as irreconcilable differences. This means that, no matter how hard you try, you just do not believe that you and your spouse will be able to work things out. As long as you choose some grounds for divorce, you can file divorce papers.

Will I Have to Go to Court After Filing Divorce Papers?

Usually, many parts of your divorce agreement have to be solved through litigation. This can include child support agreements, property distribution, and who gets alimony and how much of it. However, this is not the only option. Our lawyers can help you explore other avenues, like mediation and arbitration. These methods could make it easier to agree on a wide range of topics.

Schedule a Consultation

If you are ready to move forward with your divorce, do not delay another day. Contact Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark to schedule a consultation with our team. We can tell you more about the next steps.

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