Your Uncontested Divorce Still Needs Legal Assistance
January is notoriously known for being the month in which more divorces happen than any other time of the year. Whether it’s all the stress from the holiday season or wanting to begin the new year with a fresh start, one in five couples decide to call it quits in the first month of the year.
For the purpose of this article, let’s say you and your spouse decide to get a divorce this month. You find an agreement on the division of property and since you don’t have kids, it’s seemingly cut and dry. So, you won’t need a lawyer to help you through this divorce, right? Not so fast!
Before we get into the explanation of why, let’s examine what an uncontested divorce in New Jersey means. When both spouses agree to the following conditions, this means the divorce is uncontested:
- Child custody and visitation
- Child support, health insurance, dental insurance, and medical benefits
- Division of assets and debts
- Tax deductions
- Any alimony or any other disputes involving marriage
In New Jersey, if your divorce is uncontested, then it will move along much quicker than a contested divorce. Unlike a contested divorce, which can take up to a year, an uncontested divorce can be over as quickly as a month’s time. That’s because you won’t have to worry about pre-trials, negotiations, and mediation sessions as you would with a contested divorce.
But if you and your spouse agree to everything, why get a lawyer? There are still many legal components to an uncontested divorce. You have to file paperwork with the proper court. If it’s not then your case will be dismissed and you will have to start from the beginning. Once you do file the papers at the courthouse, then you have to make sure the paperwork served to your spouse. And once the paperwork has been taken care of, you still have to attend a hearing in court. And we cannot stress how important having a lawyer is whenever you step foot into a courtroom.
If you plan on going through with a divorce in the Garden State, there’s only one law firm to turn too. For nearly three decades, the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone has been handling divorce cases and the disputes involved with them.