A New Jersey divorce, or dissolution of marriage, can be filed by either spouse to end the marital relationship. Upon doing so, the parties are restored back to single status. The court will also issue any necessary orders for child support and custody, alimony (spousal support) and the division of marital and separate assets and debts. LegalZoom can assist you in the document preparation and filing for your uncontested New Jersey divorce without the expense of an attorney.
Types of Divorce in New Jersey
Uncontested Divorce in New Jersey
An uncontested divorce in New Jersey, in which both parties have come to an agreement on all major decisions related to any property or minor children, generally proceeds faster than one in which issues remain in dispute. The Plaintiff spouse may file for a default judgment in situations where the Respondent has filed a waiver and acknowledgment of service.
Alternatives to Divorce in New Jersey
A legal separation can be filed by a married person who wishes to maintain the marriage but physically separate and try to resolve any problems in the marriage.
An annulment is sought in order to nullify the marriage and disavow its existence, returning the parties to their prior single status, as if they never married. Annulments are most often sought by people who feel stigmatized by the status of being divorced, or for ease of remarriage in their particular religion. If there are children born of the marriage, an annulment may not be granted, and the marriage may only be dissolved by divorce.