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Your spouse’s signature is not required. If your spouse is not willing to sign the divorce papers, we will arrange for the Sheriff to hand your spouse the papers and then your spouse will not have to sign. The Sheriff will charge you a small fee, usually between $25 and $50 for this service.

We accept all Major Credit Cards, Money Orders, Certified Checks, Debit Cards and Cash, but we do not accept regular Personal Checks.

Spanish speaking personnel and forms in Spanish are available.

Check out these links for more information about the office in
Atlantic City/Pleasantville, Vineland, Cherry Hill, Elizabeth, East Brunswick and Brick


All legal processes, including uncontested divorces, require a significant amount of paperwork and forms. The volume and nature of the paperwork vary based on your personal circumstances but here's a look at the different forms required:


These are just some of the many New Jersey divorce forms required by the court. Our paralegal experts have worked in this industry for a very long time and know what kind of paperwork the court requires.

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146 W. 72nd St. Suite #28, New York, N.Y. 10023

We are on 72nd St between Columbus Ave. &
Broadway. There is meter parking on 72nd St.

Take the 1, 2, 3, B or C trains to 72nd St.

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2 W. Black Horse Pike, Pleasantville, NJ 08232

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the Black Horse Pike (across from Jo-Jo's Pizza)

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914 W. Route 70 Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

We are located halfway between the Ellisburg Intersection and
the Racetrack Intersection on Rt. 70 W. We are 2.2 miles west of Exit 34b off of Interstate 295. PARKING: In front of our office.
If using GPS use 914 State Highway 70 Cherry Hill NJ.

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103 Broad St. Elizabeth, NJ 07201

We are at 103 Broad St. on the corner of E. Jersey St. The entrance is on E. Jersey St. next to the shoemaker. We are on the 3rd floor. We are about 3 blocks from the Court House. From the NJ turnpike, take exit 13 and go 4 traffic lights
to S.Broad St. and make a right. Go straight for about one mile. We are about 2 blocks past McDonalds.

Elizabeth Station

#62 #24 & #112

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512 Brick Blvd. Brick, NJ 08723

From the South take exit 89a on the Garden State Parkway. Go straight for 1 ½ miles to Brick Blvd. Make a right on Brick Blvd. We are about ¼ mile on the right .

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735 Route 18 South East Brunswick, NJ 08816

On Rt. 18 South, just north of the Brunswick Square
Mall (Macys - JC Penny) across from McDonalds.

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651 Landis Avenue Vineland, NJ 08360

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Alimony During An Uncontested Divorce In New Jersey

In the event that you are thinking about filing for an uncontested divorce or already filed for a divorce, you might be wondering if you are entitled to alimony. Alimony” means payments for the support and maintenance of a spouse, either by lump sum or on a continuing basis. Alimony is paid by the “supporting spouse” to the “dependent spouse”. In order to obtain alimony, there are certain guidelines that must apply. However, alimony can be waived by both parties when filing for an uncontested divorce.

If you live in New Jersey and would like to get legal advice regarding alimony, you can speak to an attorney. You can also view the different types of alimony in New Jersey below.

• Pendente lite alimony - is a court ordered temporary alimony, while an action for separation or divorce is pending. Such alimony is designed to provide support during the divorce process so that each spouse can maintain his/her standard of living. This is subject to change in the future once assets, property and other equitable distribution has been settled. Alimony pendente lite terminates automatically once a divorce has been finalized. It may be replaced by one or more of the other types of alimony.

• Open durational alimony - Filing a divorce and requesting an open durational alimony may be suitable in your case but not guaranteed. It has an open term until the court terminates it or the parties agree to terminate it, generally applies to marriages over 20 years in length. This type of alimony can also be modified (reduced or terminated) upon a substantial change in circumstances.

• Limited duration alimony - This is typically awarded in shorter term marriages (less than 20 years) the payments will be considered limited duration alimony, and the length of limited duration alimony shall be directly tied into the length of the marriage.

• Rehabilitative alimony - this type of alimony has the purpose of rehabilitating a spouse who needs financial support that is provided for a short period of time. This will allow the receiving spouse time to get adjusted, establish him or herself, financially. This type of alimony will allow the divorced spouse time to "rehabilitate" him or herself and become completely self-supporting and independent.

• Reimbursement alimony - is alimony that reimburses an ex-spouse for some expense or expenses that he or she may have paid out on behalf of the ex-spouse. Reimbursement alimony often arises in the situation where a wife supports the husband during school while he receives a degree. The wife who contributed financially to education or training to the spouse expected to benefit from in the future is entitled to reimbursement alimony.

Child Custody, Child Support And Visitation During A Divorce

Making choices about child custody, child support and parenting time is a very difficult decision to make. Even when going through such an emotional event, parents must work together and come up with a plan for custody arrangements, visitation and child support. Talk to each other and ultimately see what factors will best suit your child’s needs; such as each parent’s pre-existing relationship with the child, parent work schedules, and your child’s medical needs.

If the divorcing couple cannot come up with an arrangement for the child, you can open a case with family court in New Jersey and the Judge can order an arrangement that will work for the child. This will include custody, joint legal custody, child support and visitations. Keep in mind the Judge will make a decision based on what is reasonable for your family.

When considering your child custody options, it is important to recognize that in New Jersey, child custody arrangements generally consist of two parts:

1.Where your child will reside/spend time
2.Decision making as to how your child will be raised and cared for

New Jersey Child Custody Options

Joint Legal Custody— When filing for joint legal custody this simply means that both parents are responsible for making joint decisions for their children on major issues such as health, education, and general welfare. The parent who has the child in his or her care at any given time is expected to make decisions that are in the child’s best interest.

Sole Legal and Physical Custody— The meaning for sole legal custody is that the parent who has the child will have the right to make decisions concerning the child's upbringing, such as education, medical care and religion without the need to consult with or notify the noncustodial parent. Sole physical custody means the child lives with one parent and visits the other. When a parent is granted sole custody, it means she or he has both legal and physical custody of the child.

Shared Legal and Physical Custody— In New Jersey couples who choose shared legal custody simply means both parents share in major decision-making for their children. Shared custody in New Jersey does not refer to a joint physical parenting plan in which the children divide their time between their parents' homes. So, for example alternating weeks, where one parent has one week with the child and the other parent has the next.

Child Support :

Child support is a way for the noncustodial parent to care for their child. Child support is to cover housing, food, and clothing, but as all parents know, the costs of raising a child involve more than just these basic needs. The non-custodial parent contributes to these expenses by making a cash payment to the custodial parent. With the cash support the child will be able to have a healthy life.

General Questions :

How much child support will I need to pay? How much can I receive?

When filing for an uncontested divorce and cannot agree on the amount of child support you have the option of speaking to an attorney or open a case at family court. The amount that you are obligated to pay or that you will receive in child support is calculated using the New Jersey Child Support Guidelines. The courts will order whatever figure is calculated through the guidelines, although it is possible for parties to agree to change the figure. However, this must be approved by the court.

How Are Child Support Payments Calculated?

In New Jersey you can contact your local family court and request the child support guidelines. You can also speak to an attorney and get legal advice on what would be the reasonable amount of child support that would be paid.

Dating Someone Who Went Through A Divorce

Going through a divorce is one of the most painful, stressful experiences that you will ever have. Much like grieving the loss of a loved one, getting a divorce can often feel like a death, as it severs not on a relationship but family connections and the love that you once thought would last forever. And while the process is stressful (and expensive), once the paperwork is officially signed, you're challenged with the task of building your life again. From figuring out how you'll spend your solo time to making new life goals for yourself, who you become post-divorce is often a better version of who you were in an unhappy marriage.

After some time has passed, you might even start to consider dating again, only to quickly realize that it's not quite how it used to be. "For many, the hardest part of dating post-divorce is understanding the current way of dating. For someone who hasn't dated in over 20 years, the times have changed and so has societal norms. This can be very stressful for someone back on the dating scene. However, it's a good opportunity to have conversations with friends who are also dating and learn new ideas or approaches to dating.

If you find yourself interested in getting back into the game and putting yourself out there, seek advice and helpful insights to give you a fighting chance of moving on and truly finding love again. Perhaps even a love that will really last a lifetime:

How Long Should You Wait?

You probably won't be scheduling a Tinder date for the evening your divorce papers were finalized. And depending on how intense or exhausting, emotionally and physically, your divorce was, it may be several months until you're in the mood to meet a new person. It's OK to give yourself as much time as you need because you not only want to be ready to welcome a new person into your life but you want to also heal from those deep wounds caused by your divorce.

"There is no specific rule with dating and divorcing. Dating is not only a way to find a partner or future spouse but is also a way for men to connect with women or create a social group.

If you went through a divorce take time off from serious dating or jumping into a new relationship immediately after ending a marriage and allow time for them to focus on self-growth including how they want their next relationship to be different than the last or any former relationships

Signs You're Ready :

As much as you might be craving affection in the immediate aftermath of the divorce, now's not a great time to start dating. No one wants to go on a date with a guy who spontaneously cries on a first date, one who drinks too much or one that talks endlessly about his ex-wife. When you're finally inching toward being ready to date, you'll start to shift both your mentality and your expectations, paving the way for you to be a good date to a prospective partner. Here, are signs that you're ready to mingle:

You're Actually Interested in Dating

If your relationship ended because she cheated, or you slowly started falling out of love with one another, the period after a divorce is often one that's marked with extreme sadness. And when you're feeling down? You probably aren't even thinking about dating and you likely don't notice other attractive women who express an interest in you. But when you've moved on? The world will light up in color again, and it could feel a lot like spring.
One sign a man is ready for serious dating post-divorce is showing interest in women and dating. For some, a divorce can be a loss and trigger grief or short-term depression. Part of depression is the loss of interest in pleasurable activities including dating or socializing. Therefore, when the depression or grief subsides, interest in activities or socializing will return. This may be a great opportunity to move from casual dating into more serious dating if that is the man's prerogative.

You Have A Good Attitude :

Way back before you were married, can you think of any of the bad dates that you went on? While some were lackluster because you weren't attracted to your date, others were negative experiences because the girl was just no-fun to be around. When you're trying to determine if you're prepared to get back out there, take a look in the mirror and consider what type of date you'd be for a new woman. If you're going to be cranky and upset the whole time, that's no way to begin a new relationship. But if you're curious and light hearted? That's recipe for a great first date. "A man is ready to date again when he has a good attitude about dating. When he's ready to have some fun and get out there and meet new people and be open. Dating with a bad attitude will only result in bad dates.

You've Processed Your Relationship :

There's never just one person to blame for the end of a marriage, and for some, that can be a tough pill to swallow. Since relationship are push-and-pull, ebb-and-flow, yes-and-no, it's important to digest what happened in your previous marriage and truly process every feeling you have. A healthy place to do this is in therapy, where an expert can help you navigate your emotions, overcome anger and let go of resentment and pain.

A man may be ready for dating when he has gained insight into patterns in previous relationships, and he can talk about these patterns including how they contributed to the dissolution of the relationship. Blaming someone else for negative situations is much easier than taking responsibility for how our actions impacted the situation. When a man can discuss how his behaviors impacted the marriage and show empathy toward the ex-spouse and relationship, this is a good sign he can approach new relationships in a different manner and understand reasons the prior relationships ended

How To Get Started :

So now that you've done the tough work to prepare yourself to meet someone new... where do you meet her? Looking out into the vastness of the dating pool, carrying your baggage in tow can be super-daunting. And while it might be difficult at first, remember that you've got this. Getting back in the dating scene can be difficult if the man was in a long-term marriage, because dating has probably changed quite a bit since he was single. It can be intimidating all of the new technology, dating sites and how to ask someone out again. But with time, it'll get easier — and even fun!

Join An Activity Group :

If your ex-wife was never into running and wouldn't go out on a Saturday morning with you to exercise, consider this: now you can meet someone who will. Or, if it bothered you that your ex-wife wasn't interested in traveling, you can be rest assured that you can find another woman who will collect passport stamps with you. The only hurdle in your way is getting out there and finding people who share your same interests. "A great way is to join a meetup group and go hiking or an activity he enjoys doing. This will get him out of the house and he can meet new people and that can lead to dating slowly. Join a club or group meeting and get involved in something that moves you inspires you and you have fun doing and meet people that way.

Get Help From Friends :

Now that you're available, tell people! One of the best ways to meet a partner is through a recommendation. A way to ease into dating, is to let your friends know you're back on the dating scene and interested in meeting single women. Ask them to introduce you at parties or social gatherings where it may be more comfortable than a blind date. If you and the woman don't hit it off, then there are other people to hang out with instead of having to sit through the rest of an uncomfortable date.

Here's where to begin your search for a new love:

Give Online Dating A Shot :

Though you probably don't want to download every online dating app imaginable, signing up for an online dating membership is a low-key way to dip your toe into dating. Online dating can be tricky but it certainly is an avenue where you can meet people as well as make new friends. Find a dating site that is right for you and try it out one at a time and see how it goes. With this type of dating, you don't want to set your expectations too high because you'll likely have to weed out several duds before finding someone who could be your match. You also want to be mindful of not chatting endlessly, but actually going out on dates, too.

Emancipation Of A Child In New Jersey

Emancipation of a child is a process by which the parents are giving up control over a minor child so that the child has control over his own legal decisions and support before he is an adult. A minor can petition the court to be emancipated if, they are at least 16 years old; married or living apart from his or her parents’ home. The minor child under the age of 18 is legally declared an adult by a judge.

Emancipation Ends Child Support Obligations

In New Jersey when a minor child is emancipated child support payments are not automatically terminated after a child is emancipated. The parent who is paying child support will have to request for payments to be terminated after the child becomes an adult or when the minor child is emancipated.


Filing An Uncontested Divorce In New Jersey If You Are In The Military


If you are in the Military or the spouse of a servicemember, you may have questions or concerns about filing an uncontested divorce. For the most part the divorce process is the same as civilians in New Jersey with some exceptions. If you are the party that is filing for the divorce and your spouse is in the military, he or she MUST sign the divorce papers.

In the State of New Jersey, military personnel can file for a divorce in one of three places:

  • The state that the serviceperson is currently stationed
  • The state that the spouse currently resides
  • The state that the serviceperson claims residence

As a servicemember and you are overseas the courts often grant permission for the servicemember to appear by telephone for some of the proceedings. If not, the court hearing can be rescheduled until the servicemember is available. If you are the plaintiff and your spouse in in the military in New Jersey, he or she does not need to attend the final hearing for the divorce.


When you are in the military and you or your spouse cannot agree on child or spousal support you may need to speak to an attorney. You can also open a separate case with family court and let the judge decide on the appropriate amount that will be paid.
To accurately calculate income available for support, you can speak to an attorney who will review the servicemember’s Leave and Earnings Statement, as well as estimate an appropriate amount for items such as food and housing provided without cost.


Parenting Time Plans & Deployment :

In New Jersey, when filing for an uncontested divorce an agreement can be prepared between both parties to address child custody arrangements and parenting plans. It’s always recommended to be amicable about this decision, especially when you have minor children involved. Anything is unpredictable when one or both parents are in the service, so it’s always in the child’s best interest to make this process as smooth as possible.

Parenting Time During Leave :

When a parent is deployed any temporary modifications to parenting plans can take effect immediately. These temporary orders typically expire automatically when the deployed parent returns, and the original orders will go back into effect. If any modifications need to be done to the original order you can speak to an attorney to get legal advice.

Parenting Time to a Step-Parent or Grandparent:

In New Jersey a deployed parent, can also have an agreement prepared to have a step-parent or grandparent to continuing providing care for the child. These temporary agreements typically expire automatically when the deployed parent returns, and the original orders will go back into effect.

Expedited Hearings :

New Jersey’s state allows parents who are facing an immediate deployment that would prevent them from appearing to any court hearings, can request an expedited hearing date before the deployment without waiving their right under the SCRA. At that point the courts will take it to consideration to provide and earlier date.

Peace of Mind for You and Your Children :

A Divorce is a very stressful thing to deal with especially when you have children and you want to make sure your relationships with your kids will be protected. If you are a servicemember or married to someone in the military service, rest assure when filing an uncontested divorce, we are here to help every step of the way.
The Divorce Center would also like to take a moment and thank all the military personal for your service!


Filing For A Bed And Board Divorce In New Jersey


Couples in New Jersey who wish to separate but are not prepared to divorce can file for a “divorce from bed and board” (also called “limited divorce “), or they can deal with their legal separation out of court. New Jersey state also has a court procedure called “legal separation” for civil union partners that is virtually identical to divorce from bed and board.

It is essential to find a way to ensure your accounts and any property or children you and your spouse may have together are protected. If you are struggling with such decisions, you can speak to an attorney to get legal advice.

Divorce from bed and board are most common for couples to have religious objections or are afraid of the expensive cost of an attorney. If you have questions in regarding divorce relate to your religious beliefs, talk to someone in your church or house of worship who is authorized to give you the proper advice.

The Bed and Board Process in New Jersey

Similarly, with any divorce cases, couples looking to file a divorce from bed and board in New Jersey starts by filing a complaint in family court. All grounds available for an uncontested divorce are also available in divorce from bed and board. There are some major differences between a divorce from bed and board. Legal separation and an uncontested divorce.

What are the differences between Divorce from Bed and Board and an Uncontested Divorce?

During a process for divorce from bed and board, both parties agree to have the court issue a judgment of divorce from bed and board. In an uncontested divorce, the court can order the divorce even if one spouse does not sign.

Once a divorce from bed and board has been approved by the court both parties are still legally married. Except if one of them applies in court to change over the divorce from bed and board into a final uncontested divorce.

The two parties who file for a bed and board divorce can have the case dismissed if they decide to reconcile. However, for an uncontested divorce that would not be possible if it has been finalized.

During a divorce from bed and board, the court can arrange an agreement to be filed which will include child support and alimony, just as in a final divorce.

What is a Legal Separation in New Jersey?

New Jersey does not have legislation sanctioning a "legal separation" for a married couple wishing to separate but not file for divorce. This type of Complaint allows a separated spouse to file for support, whether spousal support or child support, from the other spouse. The Legal Separation agreement can also help control assets, finances, and parenting during the separation period.

Pros and Cons of Divorce from Bed and Board

In New Jersey married couples can work out a legal separation agreement instead of going through a court process. The separation agreement is honored as a contract between the spouses only, and not as a final court order.

If couples are considering filing for a divorce from bed and board as an option, it’s always best to speak to an attorney to get legal advice, as it may carry a financial burden.


Filing For A Contested Divorce In New Jersey


“Contest” means to oppose or to challenge. In terms of your New Jersey divorce, it means that you and your spouse oppose or challenge each other’s views on any or all of the following: the child custody arrangement; necessity for, amount, or duration of alimony; equitable distribution of assets, or request for child support. When a contested divorce cannot be resolved through negotiation; a form of alternative dispute resolution such as mediation, arbitration, or collaborate divorce; or during one of the State’s mandatory mediation or settlement conferences, it proceeds to trial.

Divorce trial proceedings occur in the Family Division of the Superior Court in the county in which you filed your initial divorce complaint. Like other trials, it provides both parties (and their divorce attorneys) with the opportunity to argue their positions and present evidence to support these arguments. The evidence presented may include interrogatories, documents, deposition transcripts, and expert reports, all of which are gathered during the discovery period of the divorce process. At the conclusion of the trial, which may take place over several hearings, the judge will issue his or her decision regarding all issues, which will then be included in the Final Judgement of Divorce.

If you need to file for a contested divorce, you can speak to an attorney to get legal advice about your situation. Keep in mind attorney’s fees can be expensive and not suitable for most people who cannot afford these high prices. A contested divorce is not only expensive but also takes a long time to process in the court.


Filing For A Divorce By Mediation In New Jersey

In New Jersey, couples who disagree over financial matters or child custody issues can attempt to reach an agreement through mediation before having their disputes settled by a judge. Not coming to an agreement can cause a financial burden which the mediator will add additional fees for their service. It’s always best to be amicable while going through a divorce; not only for your family but a wise choice financially for you.


Filing For A Divorce In New Jersey If Spouse Lives Out Of State

In New Jersey state one of the parties must have continuously reside in the state for at least one year before the date that you start your divorce. If your spouse lives elsewhere, you can file for a divorce in New Jersey, even if your spouse is:

  • Residing outside of New Jersey in the continental United States,
  • Living abroad (internationally), or
  • Serving in the United States military, either out of State or abroad.

Oftentimes when couples choose to proceed with their divorce in the State of New Jersey. your spouse’s presence is not required. The plaintiff however must appear in court and if you cannot make the court date, you have the option to call the court house to reschedule. For couples who do not wish to wait, a New Jersey divorce can continue to full conclusion regarding such issues as:

  • Child custody and visitation
  • Child support
  • Alimony / spousal support
  • Property division
  • And more


Filing For A Medicaid Divorce In New Jersey


In the event that you or your spouse is confronting a long haul of disability or health issues, you presumably have a huge number of concerns. Health care costs can add more stress and leave families without resources. However, applying for Medicaid assistance might help alleviate some of these concerns, but Medicaid eligibility is based on strict criteria that many married couples are not able to meet. You will need to speak to a Medicaid specialist to see if you qualify for this assistance. Unfortunately, happily married spouses consider to file for an uncontested divorce to help alleviate the financial burden of health cost.

What is Medicaid?

Medicaid is a joint federal and state program that helps with medical costs for some people with limited income and resources. Medicaid also offers benefits like nursing home care and personal care services. Medicaid is "a government insurance program for persons of all ages whose income and resources are insufficient to pay for health care. Medicaid is the largest source of funding for medical and health-related services for people with low income in the United States, providing free health insurance.
For more information on Medicaid eligibility take a look at the New Jersey County Boards of Social Services office.

Can a Divorce be a form of a Medicaid Plan?

If you are considering divorce to allow a spouse to become eligible for Medicaid assistance, it is recommended to consult with an attorney. If you are considering this option, there are many factors which can happen, and your attorney can advise you on would be best in your situation. There may be additional financial burden as well; including whether the divorce would impact other benefits one or both spouses may be eligible for, including future benefits such as social security.


Filing For An Uncontested Divorce In New Jersey


What is an Uncontested Divorce?

When you need to find out how to get a divorce in NJ, there are two basic forms that you can choose from, depending on your circumstances; contested and uncontested. Contested divorces are much more volatile and time-consuming. They happen when your spouse spends thousands of dollars on hiring a lawyer to fight with you.

An uncontested divorce is an effective way to get a quick divorce in NJ. Your spouse will not hire an attorney to contest the divorce once notified. You decide terms of the Divorce (Custody, Child Support, Alimony, Property, etc.).


In the event that you and your spouse are filing for divorce in NJ and might want to incorporate an agreement to partition your property and care for your child, you will find the process for how to get a divorce in NJ will be a lot less demanding - and more affordable - than fighting it out in court.

To finish your quick divorce in NJ, you should resolve every one of those issues. In all actuality, most divorces are "uncontested". Couples who can't achieve an understanding may contract lawyers to argue for them in court or create an arrangement when filing for divorce in NJ. However, after some time, every one of the issues is settled, and they continue with an uncontested divorce.

With or without a lawyer, you and your ex-spouse need to make sure to incorporate the following: individual property, land, vehicles, ledgers, annuities, 401(k) plans, etc. You will also need to divide your obligations, such as credit cards, debts, and so on. If you and your spouse decide to make your own agreement, you can determine what division of property and obligations works best for both of you.

You will also need to agree if alimony will be included. Will one of you pay the other? If alimony will be included, what amount, and to what extent? If one of the parties did not continue with their career to bring up their child or deal with the home, it might be reasonable for them to receive spousal support. Then again, if both of you worked all through your marriage and can take care of yourselves, alimony probably won't be essential.

In the event that you have a minor child, the process for how to get a divorce in NJ can become more complicated. You have to choose where they will live and who will watch over them. Will you share custody, or will one of you be the essential custodial parent? What will you do for your child on special occasions? You don't have to come up with a date-book of how you will go through every day later on, yet the more explicit you can be in choosing these issues in advance, the more your child will have peace of mind during and after the divorce procedure.

You will also need to determine child support by considering the child's needs, each parent's income, gaining limit, and costs. When you are filing for divorce in NJ, you will want to consider how you will deal with your child costs, from daycare to diapers and everything in between. You might also want to agree on what will happen in the future, such as what will each of you contribute towards costs for the child's school and extracurricular activities.

You may now realize why a divorce can be so costly. Clearly, the more cooperative you and your spouse are, the more affordable this experience is for everybody, and you will have a higher chance of having an amicable and quick divorce in NJ. We at Divorce Center will help you with every step in order to get your divorce final.


How To File An LGBT Uncontested Divorce In New Jersey

Couples who want to end their marriage and are in a civil union or domestic partnership follow the same process as any opposite-sex divorcing couples, which will include filing a complaint for dissolution child support, custody, alimony, and agreements.

Many same-sex couples filing for a divorce can come up with a solution and pursue an uncontested divorce. For most couples an uncontested divorce is a better choice financially, instead of spending thousands of dollars to an attorney. Others in their same-sex divorce may wish to pursue mediation to address one or more issues. Still others may have more serious disagreements and will find themselves in a contested divorce which can be costly and time consuming.

It’s always recommended to be amicable during a divorce, but we also understand in some cases this may not be an option, which is why we can process an uncontested divorce with or without your spouses’ signature.

We at The Divorce Center are dedicated to supporting the LGBT community (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, and Transgender) individuals and couples. Our experienced team will help guide you during this difficult time.


Locating Your Spouse For A Divorce


At the beginning of every divorce case, the spouse who files for divorce (the “plaintiff") must serve a copy of the divorce documents to the defendant. In most cases, this isn’t a problem but sometimes the couple has separated, and the plaintiff can’t locate the defendant. It's usually in your best interest to find your spouse on your own, as it can be cheaper and faster to do so. Check out our listing of companies that have helped many of our clients to locate their spouse. If you cannot locate your spouse using our listing, you may need to contact an attorney.

Other Options Besides A Divorce In New Jersey

Legal Separation

Couples who are dealing with a marriage but live apart can have Legal Separation prepared. This arrangement can be an option for couples who are not ready to file for a divorce. It is not necessary to file court papers to obtain a legal separation in New Jersey. You can also look into a Divorce from Bed & Board. To get more information about a Divorce from Bed & Board go to the section on our page


Annulment of Marriage

If you live in New Jersey and are seeking an annulment you may be eligible to get this done, however this process can be time consuming and costly. An Annulment is a legal procedure which cancels a marriage between a man and a woman. Annulling a marriage is as though it is completely erased - legally, it declares that the marriage never technically existed and was never valid. We recommend speaking to an attorney if you are considering having a marriage annulled.

Post Divorce In New Jersey

After the stress of going through a divorce, your situation could have altered based on your day to day life. Whatever changes you are going through, you may need to modify your agreement. These changes could include custody of your children, emancipate of your child, financial situation or alimony.

While you were going through the divorce process, if some issues were not addressed in the agreement because of arguments or perhaps you put off certain decisions with the intention of dealing with it in the future. These issues can also be modified in your agreement. If you find yourself in this situation you would want to resolve any issues amicably by entering a consent order with your spouse perhaps by mediation, if needed. However, if this is not possible, you can speak to an attorney who can guide you throughout the process and secure your future.


Prenups, Postnups, Palimony And Divorce Agreements


What are the most common types of relationship agreements?

Prenuptial Agreements

A prenuptial agreement ("prenup" for short) is a written contract created by two people before they are married. A prenup typically lists all of the property each person owns (as well as any debts) and specifies what each person's property rights will be after the marriage. A prenuptial agreement can be an effective way for both parties to protect their families, their financial interests and assets, in the event of a divorce. You can speak to an attorney and find out when a prenuptial agreement should be considered and the benefits of having one.

Post Nuptial Agreements

In New Jersey Post-Nuptial Agreement (also referred to as a mid-marriage agreement) may be right for you. This agreement is executed after a couple gets married, or have entered a civil union, to settle the couple's affairs and assets in the event of a separation or divorce. It may be "notarized" or acknowledged and may be the subject of the statute of frauds. You can speak to an attorney and learn more about what post-nuptial agreements cover in New Jersey and if this is a right choice for you.

Cohabitation / Domestic Partnership / Palimony Agreements

A cohabitation or palimony agreement could be a good option for couples who are not married. This agreement can provide a peace of mind to protect your assets, property, child custody, and more. To get more information regarding a cohabitation or palimony agreement it is recommended to speak to an attorney.

Reconciliation agreements

A reconciliation agreement is a type of post-nuptial or mid-marriage agreement, meaning it is an agreement entered by two people who are married to each other. You and your spouse prepare to reconcile marital differences while acknowledging the possibility of divorce. The agreement sets out the rights and obligations of you and your spouse if divorce becomes an unfortunate reality. In New Jersey, a reconciliation agreement may be enforced if it is fair and equitable.


During a divorce process a Marital Settlement Agreement may be required depending on your situation. A Marital Settlement Agreement (MSA) is a legal document used in New Jersey in uncontested divorces that divides property, assets and debts of a marriage. It stipulates the terms of a divorce and provides what will take in place after a divorce has been finalized. In New Jersey, MSAs are also sometimes called Property Settlement Agreements. While many couples have only marital property and debts to consider, many others, particularly those with minor children, need a more comprehensive agreement.

What Information is Listed in a Marital Settlement Agreement?

Based on the divorcing couple situation the Marital Settlement Agreement should cover some or all of the following:

  • Financial Information (assets and debts) that can include personal properties, bank and other accounts, insurance items, tax issues or other.
  • Alimony or Spousal Support information may be factored in if applicable.
  • Children & Parenting Time items that can include child custody, child support and visitation considerations.
  • Any other important and legally enforceable issues related to your divorce.
  • Changing the Terms of a Marital Settlement Agreement

MSAs vs. Separation Agreements

When couples separate and have not yet decided on filing for a divorce, a separation agreement can be drawn up. This agreement helps clarify any specific terms including parenting arrangements, debts and assets.

A separation agreement is similar to a MSA with the exception that a separation agreement is not filed with the court. If properly executed, however, it is legally binding between the spouses, and can form the basis for the final MSA. A Marital Settlement Agreement is filed with the court during the process of a divorce.

Marital Settlement Agreements and the New Jersey Divorce Process
In New Jersey a Marital Settlement Agreement (MSA) is a legal document used to spell out the terms of a divorce and provides a framework for the relationship between former spouses after divorce has been finalized.
Couples who file for an uncontested divorce and process a MSA typically move faster and results in less hostility between former spouses, which is a positive outcome for all parties.

Preparing a Marital Settlement Agreement

For the most part couples who file for an uncontested divorce sometimes require a MSA that will indicate the terms and conditions of their final divorce. If you and your spouse cannot agree on what will be included in an MSA the divorce could end up being contested. This unfortunately will be time consuming and costly. To get legal advice on what to include in a MSA you can consult with an attorney.

We at The Divorce Center will prepare your MSA based on the information provided.

Amending a Marital Settlement Agreement

During the divorce process couples may end up wanting to make some changes to their agreement, this is called amending your MSA. If you both agree to make any changes to the agreement your case will continue to move forward as smooth as possible. If you both cannot agree on the modifications one of the parties will have to file for a motion with the courts.
If you need to negotiate a Marital Settlement Agreement with your spouse or ex-spouse, you can speak to an attorney who can make sure that you both are satisfy with the agreement.


Restraining Orders And Help For Victims Of Domestic Violence

Coming out of an abusive relationship isn’t simple, regardless of whether your spouse has been controlling, manipulative, and abusive to you or your family. Don’t be afraid to leave the relationship and seek help before it’s too late. In New Jersey domestic violence is a pattern of coercive, controlling behavior that is a pervasive life-threatening crime affecting people in all our communities regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, social standing and immigration status. Abuse is not love! It is one person in a relationship having power and control over the other person. Domestic violence takes many forms: physical; emotional; economic; harassment; and sexual.

If you think that your spouse will change, well think again because they won’t! This abuse is not only unsafe for you but also for your children. Seek help now! And get the help that you deserve. The Divorce Center is here to guide you with the resources for domestic violence victims. You will have a brighter future and your life will be just as beautiful to enjoy every moment of it. Below you’ll find a variety of resources to help you – from restraining orders and crisis hotlines to local domestic violence shelters and legal services.


When you have made the decision to apply for a temporary restraining order it can feel over whelming, however the courthouse or police station personnel are always available to help and are well trained in assisting domestic violence victims.

We at The Divorce Center have provided the required forms to apply for a temporary restraining order. Look at the information below in PDF versions so that you can easily print out what you might need to proceed. The PDF printable files are found here: Form


Once a temporary restraining order has been file with the court house, you may need more guidance to what the next steps are. We at The Divorce Center have provided a guide, which explains the process of a restraining order in New Jersey.

  • Anyone going through a domestic violence situation
  • The Police and Domestic Violence Agencies
  • Professionals who work with those affected by domestic abuse

If you or someone you love is a victim of domestic violence, it is important to know that you can call New Jersey Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-572-SAFE (7233).

Serving Your Spouse For A Divorce In New Jersey


In New Jersey when filing for a divorce, you must give formal notice to your spouse who is called the defendant, that you have started the legal process. By having the defendant served, you are required to give your spouse the paperwork that you have filed with the court. This is called “service of process

"Service of process" means that the other side must get copies of any paper you file with the court. In “service of process” a third person (NOT you) is the one who actually delivers the paperwork to the defendant. The person who does this is called the “server” or “process server.”

Until the defendant has been "served," the judge cannot make any permanent orders or judgments.


New Jersey requires you to serve the divorce papers to your spouse. If you are on good terms, you can hand him or her a copy and have your spouse fill out an acknowledgment of service, which you will file with the court. You can also have the sheriff, or a private process server serve your spouse.


In New Jersey State the spouse filing the complaint (the “plaintiff”) must serve a copy of it to your spouse (the “defendant”) and wait 35 days. If the defendant fails to answer within that time, the plaintiff then can move forward to file a request asking the court to grant the default judgment.


Looking for a Process Server or Sheriff ? Check out our listing of Process Servers or Sheriff’s in New Jersey, Out Of State and International.

What Are The Grounds For A Divorce In New Jersey?

There are several grounds for divorce in the State of New Jersey and the most popular ground utilized today is Irreconcilable Differences, which means that neither spouse is at-fault for the failure of the marriage. In order to qualify for a divorce on the grounds of irreconcilable differences in NJ, the plaintiff must show that the couple has been experiencing Irreconcilable Differences for at least six months or more.

Filing for a divorce is already a difficult decision to make, however under Irreconcilable Differences as the ground for divorce this is the least offensive reason to file under.
Other grounds for divorce are:

No-Fault - 18 Months Separation - You and your spouse have lived separately for the last 18 months or more.

Abandonment - A - 12 Months or more - Your spouse left you and never returned more than 12 months ago.

Abandonment - B - 12 Months or more - Your spouse locked you out and refused to allow you back in to the house more than 12 months ago.

Mental or Physical Cruelty – You list 3 events that made it unsafe or improper for you to continue to live with your spouse. No separation time is necessary. Examples of cruelty can be the following: Your spouse struck you –Your spouse used foul and abusive language to you in public and private - Your spouse threw objects at you - Your spouse sexually abused you - These are just samples. Includes adultery. You can write down anything that you feel made it improper to continue to live together. (Although cruelty can be either mental or physical, the Judge can deny your divorce if you don't supply enough examples.)

What To Do After A Divorce Has Been Finalized

Here's how to get through the painful process with your health and dignity intact

After the long stress of dealing with a divorce make sure to take a deep breath and let it all soak in. Take your time to plan out your next move and just remember you are not alone.
The divorce center knows firsthand how difficult the next steps can be. But after you get through the painful process of splitting up and are thinking about what's next... Be sure to not do these seven things.

1. Don't make any drastic physical changes.
Skip the tattoos or piercings for now. It's normal to feel "rebellious" after a divorce or major breakup but doing anything permanent to your body is something that you may regret shortly after you do it!

2. Don't expect your ex to be reasonable.
We are not able to change anyone else's behavior. The only thing we can do is change ourselves. When your expectations are too high, especially if your ex has a track record of contention and hostility, what usually happens is that we crash down low when our expectations aren't met. The only thing you can do to help is to mindfully focus on becoming the reasonable person — and hopefully he will notice and improve his behavior.

3. Don't hook up with an ex.
This person was an "ex" for a reason. Looking up someone you had dated in the past is like reaching out for an old sweater that doesn't fit well but is super comfy. Having comfort sex can be unfair to both your ex and you. This may cloud your vision and make you feel more attached than you should to someone who isn't good for you.

4. Don't skip counseling.
Not going to therapy is usually a mistake after divorce because it's traumatic for almost everyone. If you didn't like your last therapist, find a new one. There are thousands out there — find one who you have chemistry with. You need to work on yourself and heal the wounds before you can face the world of dating in a healthy way again.

5. Don't speak badly of your spouse on social media.
If you need to vent, call your mom or your pals. Don't put it on Facebook or Instagram for the whole world to see. It will do you no good at all — in fact, probably just the opposite.

6. Don't isolate yourself from your positive, married friends.
Reach out to your friends and let them know you still want to be part of their dinners, parties and kids' celebrations. Married folks often don't know how to tread the waters of close friends divorcing, and they could use some guidance and clarity from you. If you have friends that "dump" you, they weren't real friends in the first place. Eliminate them and make space for good new friends who elevate you and want the best for you.

7. Don't start dating without a plan.
We often tend to do what's comfortable instead of what's inherently right. If you don't realize what went wrong in your marriage, understand your part in it (yes, you played a role — we all do), and what kind of a partner will make you happy for the next chapter of your life, chances are you can end up with someone who is a repeat of your ex in some form.

How Much Does a Divorce Cost in NJ?

Among the concerns of getting a divorce is how long it will take and how much does a divorce cost in NJ. At The Divorce Center, a divorce can typically be finalized within two months, and your spouse's signature is not required. The divorce fees in NJ assessed by the court are $300 and $325 for those with children.

If you are in a situation where your spouse will not sign the documents, the team at The Divorce Center will arrange for the local Sheriff's office to personally hand them to your spouse without them having to sign the divorce papers. Your Sheriff may wind up charging you a small fee for their services, which is typically between $25 and $50, though rates vary by county.
The Divorce Center offers a variety of payment options to make it easier for you. Payment options include:

● Major Credit Cards
● Certified Check
● Debit Card


The legal professionals at The Divorce Center have been in business for 42 years, and we now have seven offices in New York and New Jersey. With over 400,000 divorces processed and an A+ rating as a member of the Better Business Bureau, The Divorce Center is the most reliable and affordable way to get a quick divorce in NJ.


For complete information from a seasoned team of specialists on how to get a divorce in NJ, contact The Divorce Center to get started today.

In our changing world, there is no need to worry about having to come into one of our offices in person. You can also complete your divorce through The Divorce Center by mail, email, or fax using the same process as if you had come in person. Many people find it more straightforward, faster, and more manageable.