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New Jersey Divorce Lawyers

New Jersey Divorce Lawyers

Seasoned Divorce Attorneys in Bergen County NJ Advocate for the Rights and Interests of Clients in Passaic County, Essex County, and Throughout New York, including Queens County, Nassau County, and NYC

Unfortunately, many couples come to the realization that their marriage has broken down and that they need to seek a divorce to move on separately. Even when divorce is the right choice for couples, it is still a difficult, stressful, and traumatic experience to end such a close and intimate relationship. In addition, you and your spouse will need to resolve many critical issues, including financial support, splitting your assets, and custody of children that you share. Our experienced New Jersey divorce lawyers can guide you through your separation so that you are on the best path to a bright future in the next chapter of your life. 

You should not have to go through a divorce on your own. Contact the Choi Law Firm today for a confidential case evaluation to get the advice and advocacy you need from our qualified divorce attorneys in Bergen County, NJ. We represent clients in Essex County, Passaic County, Queens County, Nassau County, and all over North Jersey and NYC. Since 2005, we have been advocating for our clients in some of the most complex family law cases. With our legal team’s 90 years of combined experience in your corner, you can rest assured that you are in good hands. 

Steps in the Process of Pursuing Marital Separation With the Help of Our New Jersey Divorce Lawyers

Filing for divorce involves several important steps, including:

  • You must first establish residency in the state in which you are filing for divorce by having lived in the state for at least one year prior to your divorce
  • You must also establish grounds for divorce, either through one of the fault-based grounds or by seeking a no-fault divorce by showing that you and your spouse have had an irretrievable breakdown of your marriage for at least six months prior to filing for divorce
  • Next, you should attempt to negotiate the terms of your divorce with your spouse, including equitable distribution of marital assets and debts, alimony, or child custody and support; if you can reach a settlement agreement with your spouse, you can pursue a much simpler uncontested divorce
  • To formally file for divorce, you will need to prepare and file a divorce complaint; the specific forms needed by the court will depend on factors such as the length of your marriage and whether you have dependent children 
  • Once you have filed the divorce complaint in court, you must serve a copy of the complaint and the summons on your spouse within 120 days of filing in court; you must retain another individual who is at least 18 years old to personally service the complaint and summons on your spouse
  • If your spouse agrees to the divorce, they can file a form with the court to acknowledge their agreement, or if they file no response your spouse will be considered in default; in either case, your divorce will be considered uncontested
  • If your spouse files an answer disputing anything in your divorce complaint, you must pursue a contested divorce in which you either negotiate or mediate a settlement with your spouse or have the court resolve any disputed issues at a trial

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How Our Divorce Attorneys in Bergen County, NJ Will Guide You Through the Difficulties of Separating from Your Spouse

If you are considering getting divorced from your spouse or if you and your spouse are already in court, turn to the experienced divorce attorneys in Bergen County, NJ at the Choi Law Firm, who can help you through the complex and emotional process of divorce by:

  • Helping you prepare your personal and financial affairs in anticipation of filing for divorce
  • Explaining your legal rights and options in divorce proceedings so that you have the information you need to make the best decisions for your interests
  • Putting together your divorce complaint or answer, along with other court filings like case information statements
  • Negotiating on your behalf when you and your spouse pursue a settlement agreement to resolve the issues in your divorce
  • Advocating for your interests in court or at trial if necessary to protect your future and the rights and interests of your children or other loved ones

Get Advice From An Experienced Family Law Attorney Serving Clients In New Jersey And New York. All You Have To Do Is Call 888-501-5876 To Receive Your Confidential Case Evaluation.

Obtaining a divorce is a substantial undertaking that can significantly impact your family and your future. You deserve experienced legal representation to ensure that your rights are protected. Contact the Choi Law Firm today for an initial case review and to speak with our qualified divorce attorneys in Bergen County, NJ to learn more about the process and get answers to questions you may have about your legal options. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Divorce Cases in New Jersey

Do I need a reason to get a divorce?

No. In New York and New Jersey, couples can get a divorce for “no reason” or because their marriage has broken down irreparably or because they can’t get along. Before filing for a no-fault divorce, the couple must have been separated for at least six months or their marriage must have broken down in a way that can’t be fixed. But in both states, spouses can still ask for a divorce because one of them did something wrong. This is called a fault-based divorce.

What are the grounds for divorce in New York or New Jersey?

In New Jersey and New York, some of the fault-based grounds for divorce include adultery, extreme physical or mental cruelty, habitual drunkenness/drug use, desertion, and imprisonment/institutionalization.

How long does a divorce take? 

An attorney cannot say with certainty how long any divorce matter might take. The length of time it takes to get a divorce often depends on things like whether or not the divorce is contested, whether or not the spouses have reached a settlement agreement, and how hard it is for them to agree on things like equitable distribution, alimony, and child custody. For simple divorces, the process may take as little as three months to complete. However, the process can take more than a year if the parties are vigorously contesting issues in the divorce or if a trial is needed. 

“I always felt that they were genuinely fighting for me; truly looking out for my best interests."

I am very grateful for Sandra Choi and her team. They were kind, compassionate, thorough and very professional throughout the entire process of my case. I always felt that they were listening to my concerns and interests and provided all the professional advice and answers to my questions that I needed to feel confident about my decisions.”

“One of the best things about Ms. Choi is that she is caring and listens carefully to understand your situation."

Sandra Choi is attentive, kind, thoughtful, and professional. She was thorough and well-prepared throughout my case, and I was impressed by her honesty and work ethic. Ms. Choi and her team were helpful and responsive to my questions and concerns, and she certainly exceeded my expectations. I highly recommend Ms. Choi and her team.

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