New Jersey Divorce Lawyers
A divorce may be one of the most difficult experiences in life. If you are considering separating from your spouse temporarily or permanently uncoupling, we are here to help you navigate the personal, emotional, and financial considerations often associated with getting a divorce. Leveraging our decades of experience in and out of the courts and extensive professional resources, we will work with you to accomplish your goals to the fullest extent of the law. Our Divorce attorneys are available to handle cases in Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Ocean County, Mercer County, Union County, Somerset County, Hudson County, Essex County, Morris County, and Hunterdon County.
There are many ways to initiate the divorce process: litigation, mediation, arbitration, collaborative law, and direct settlement. Ultimately, all roads end at the courthouse, as only a Superior Court Judge can dissolve a marriage. Whether the divorce occurs following a settlement agreement or a trial is dependent on you and your spouse. Statistically, less than 1% of divorce matters go to trial while most are resolved by way of a settlement agreement. Given all the options, how do you decide which one is best for you?
Several factors may weigh in on your decision of how to proceed, including, but not limited to:
- where you are emotionally;
- your comfort level with understanding your family finances;
- whether custody is contested.
Our experienced New Jersey Divorce attorneys at Hoagland Longo offer free consultations so you can consider your options without the need of formally retaining an attorney. We will walk you through strategy, goals, and concerns surrounding all aspects of your divorce process, including alimony, child support, custody, division of property (equitable distribution), counsel fees and costs, health insurance concerns and life insurance. Whether it be through mediation or the collaborative law process, we will help you choose the right method of achieving settlement that works best for you. If settlement is not an option, then you can count on us to put forth the best case and present all relevant evidence to support your desired outcome at trial or arbitration. We work with a network of other professionals, including mediators, accountants, therapists, parenting coordinators, and other experts to ensure that you have the necessary resources and support to maximize your success.
Experienced in Settlement Agreements
Full disclosure is necessary before a settlement agreement is drafted and signed, meaning both parties will need to complete Case Information Statements AND certify to the truthfulness of the financial disclosures (income, assets and assets). Your settlement agreement should address all issues, including but not limited to: assets, debts, child support, parenting time, child-related expenses, college, childcare, retirement accounts, alimony, sale or division of the home, life insurance, health insurance, co-pays, etc. Nothing should be left to chance or the hope that you’ll be able to work it out later.
Mediation as Alternative to Resolve Your Divorce Dispute
If you and your spouse cannot achieve the broad strokes of settlement together, whether due to the inability to agree or because you do not feel comfortable discussing complicated details with them, mediation might be an alternative way to reach a settlement agreement. Mediation can take place in person or remotely via virtual platforms like Zoom. Virtual platforms place parties in different virtual “rooms,” so you do not need to be in the same “room” as your spouse, if you are uncomfortable facing your spouse while negotiating. There are a few options on how to proceed with mediation:
- you and your spouse can meet with a mediator without attorneys;
- you and your spouse can attend mediation with your respective attorneys;
- you OR your spouse can hire a lawyer to come with you to mediation (in this case, one of you would be represented and the other would not; this may be a great option if there is an imbalance of power in the relationship).
No matter the option you may choose, hiring a divorce lawyer is a good place to start. Together we will work with you on a strategy, gather the information necessary to help you make an informed decision (known as discovery), and ensure all issues arising from your divorce are addressed in a settlement agreement or appropriately litigated.