Divorce Lawyers South Jersey
Top Rated Divorce Lawyers Providing Compassionate and Experienced Counsel Throughout the Divorce Process
Divorce is a difficult, emotional and complicated process that can leave many questions unanswered for the parties involved. If you are going through a divorce, you need to be aware of a myriad of different and important issues, both at the personal, family level and from a financial and tax perspective. You may be concerned about the future welfare of your children, or protecting your assets and property. No one escapes divorce unscathed, but having a compassionate and trustworthy Moorestown, NJ attorney by your side throughout the process can help smooth the process and ensure that your rights are protected.
The heightened emotional state that you likely find yourself in, it is all the more critical to retain a reputable divorce lawyer who can rationally guide you through the process to help you avoid rash decisions as you exit your marriage. We have decades of collective experience handling all types of divorce cases including the following:
- Divorce and Special Needs Children
- Domestic Violence and Divorce
- Equitable Distribution
- High Net Worth Divorce
- Post-Divorce Modification and Enforcement
- Prenuptial Agreements
- Same-Sex Divorce
- And more
The attorneys at Cordry Hartman, LLC are dedicated to protecting our clients’ rights and fight for a fair and equitable outcome in every divorce case. If you are considering a divorce, contact our offices today for a confidential consultation with one of our experienced divorce attorneys.
Action Steps When Considering Divorce in New Jersey
New Jersey is a no-fault state when it comes to divorce, which means that married individuals can file for divorce without the burden of proving that the other party was somehow at fault for the divorce. A no-fault divorce can be obtained simply because the two spouses are unable to reconcile and no longer wish to be married. If a couple chooses to file for divorce under New Jersey’s no-fault rule, the couple must cite irreconcilable differences that have persisted for six months or more, which have caused the couple to file for divorce.
Married couples can continue to live together if they file for divorce based on irreconcilable differences, which can be beneficial when the relationship is relatively amicable, given the circumstances, because of the financial benefits of sharing living expenses.
Fault divorce is also an option under New Jersey law. A fault divorce will be available under one of several circumstances, including:
- Extreme mental or physical cruelty: This means that one spouse will allege that he or she has suffered extreme emotional, psychological or physical abuse by his or her spouse. The spouse who files for divorce must provide evidence that the behavior makes it impossible to live together, and occurred within the three-month period before filing.
- Desertion: One spouse can file for divorce if his or her spouse has been absent from the marriage for one year or more, and there has been no physical intimacy during this period. This does not mean that the spouse cannot be physically present—he or she need just leave the “marriage” so that the spouses no longer live as a married couple. You also need to consider a constructive desertion, which is when one spouse has made it so unbearable for the other spouse to remain in the marriage.
- Addiction: One spouse can file for divorce if his or her spouse has a drug or alcohol addiction resulting in persistent intoxication and addiction over the prior 12-month period. The spouse claiming addiction for a fault divorce must prove that the addiction was continuous and significant enough to damage the relationship.
- Institutionalization or imprisonment: If one spouse has been institutionalized for mental illness for at least 12 months, or imprisoned for at least 18 months, his or her spouse can file for divorce.
- Deviant sexual behavior: One spouse can file for divorce if his or her spouse engages in deviant sexual conduct to which the other spouse does not consent. This type of sexual activity is against societal norms and values.
- Adultery: Importantly, in New Jersey, a spouse filing for divorce based on adultery will need to prove that based on a preponderance of the evidence, that an affair occurred. A spouse will likely need to give the name of the third party with whom the spouse had an affair with.
To file for divorce under New Jersey’s at-fault law, the spouse who wishes to file for divorce is required to present evidence in order to convince a judge that his or her allegations are true. Getting experienced family law attorneys in New Jersey can greatly help your fault divorce claim due to their expertise and skill in this area of the law. Contact Cordry Hartman, LLC today for your free consultation for your at fault divorce claim.
Contact Cordry Hartman, LLC Today for Your Free Consultation for Your No-Fault or Fault Divorce
The attorneys at Cordry Hartman, LLC have decades of collective experience handling all types of divorce proceedings and we have truly seen it all. Whether your relationship with your spouse is amicable or contentious, we are here to provide advice as to what to expect from the divorce proceedings, as well as to fight for your right to an equitable and fair distribution of the assets. We are also experienced in child custody proceedings, so we can provide expert guidance throughout all factions of your divorce.
If you are considering filing for divorce in New Jersey, you may not even know where to begin. Consulting with a reputable attorney early in the process can be critical to ensuring that all of your goals are met. Contact our office to schedule a confidential consultation with one of our attorneys today. Our office is conveniently located at 505 S Lenola Rd Suite 224, Moorestown, NJ 08057. We serve clients throughout New Jersey, including in Moorestown, Cherry Hill, Haddonfield, Marlton, Voorhees, Burlington County, Camden County, Gloucester County, Cumberland County, Cape May County, Salem County, and Atlantic County.
The first thing that will happen after filing for divorce is that a complaint will be served upon your spouse, and he or she will have 35 days to answer the complaint. Your lawyer will also be required to file a case information statement, which contains information as to your income, expenses, debts, and assets. Your spouse’s lawyer will similarly be required to file a case information statement. From there, the process depends upon the specific circumstances surrounding your divorce. An experienced attorney can help you understand the process as it applies to you individually.
Your attorney can help you obtain support during the divorce proceedings. We can file prejudgment motions for child and spousal support after the divorce complaint has been filed. These motions can also help clarify child custody and visitation issues.