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Bergen County Divorce Lawyer

Divorce Attorneys in Bergen County, NJ

There are several important issues related to a divorce including alimony, child support, child custody, parenting time schedules, division of property and assets, and division of debt. Other issues can also include parental alienation, child relocation, post judgment motions, paternity, or domestic violence. Fortunately, we at Aretsky Law Group, P.C. have highly experienced Bergen County divorce lawyers to handle any and all family law cases. Not all marriages are meant to last, and when a Bergen County marriage ends one party or the other may file an action and seek a decree of divorce.

Once granted by a judge, a decree of divorce legally terminates the marriage relationship between the spouses. With nearly every state in the nation providing for some type of “no-fault” ground upon which a divorce can be obtained, some Bergen County residents contemplating divorce may erroneously believe that the process is easy. However, not only can the divorce process be complicated, but also failing to retain an experienced Bergen County divorce attorney to protect you in your divorce case can seriously affects your rights and financial future.

Family Law Attorney, Bergen County, NJ

Divorce Although our family law attorneys mainly handle divorce, child custody, alimony, and other related legal matters, some also specialize in paternity, emancipation, or other non-divorce related matters. So, whether you are considering divorce, or are struggling with the formalities that come with child custody agreements, our attorneys make sure the needs of your family are met as we continue to find sound resolutions for you and your family. We aim to achieve that by taking your time and financial situation into consideration.

Affordable Divorce Lawyers in NJ

According to Martindale-Nolo Research, the average cost for divorce lawyers in New Jersey is $15,600 –with costs typically ranging from $5,000 to $34,000. Divorce cases where children are involved may cost twice as much as a divorce where there are no children to fight over for custody. It is assumed that divorces are expensive. In fact, there are plenty of jokes eluding to that. Unfortunately, having your bank account drained as a result of a divorce is no laughing matter. The good news is that it’s actually possible to have a Bergen County divorce lawyer who is affordable, such as our legal team at Aretsky Law Group, P.C.

How Long Does it Take to get Divorced in NJ

When it comes to how long it takes to get a divorce, Martindale-Nolo Research reported that it takes an average of 16.5 months to finalize a divorce with the process ranging anywhere from 6 months to two years. If you are looking for a quick and potentially painless divorce, settling out of court would most likely get you there as it usually takes 6 months as opposed to nearly 24 months if your divorce case goes to trial. The best thing you can do is meet with us to find out whether a divorce that is not drawn out is possible for you. We are confident there is a way to do so as smoothly as possible. If you and your spouse have decided to get a divorce or if you have questions about the legal process, we recommend that you speak with one of our Bergen County divorce lawyers for a free consultation. Call us today at (800) 537-4154 to learn more about what the next steps may be.

FAQs
What Is Meant by ‘No-Fault’ Divorce in New Jersey?

No-fault divorce became law in New Jersey in 2007, and it means that the spouse seeking the divorce does not need to state a reason other than that the married couple has experienced irreconcilable differences for at least six months with no hope of reconciliation, or they have been living separately for 18 months or more.

In the past, the divorcing spouse usually had to claim adultery, desertion, or some other bad act on the part of the other spouse. However, those other grounds still exist, in addition to these:

  • Physical or mental cruelty
  • Drug/alcohol addiction
  • Institutionalization for insanity or mental illness
  • Incarceration
  • Deviant sexual behavior without plaintiff’s consent

The only other requirement for filing for divorce in New Jersey is that one of the parties must be a state resident for at least one year at the time the action is commenced. (N.J.S.A. § 2A:34)

What is the Difference Between Contested and Uncontested Divorce in New Jersey?

An uncontested divorce is when the spouse being served with the divorce papers signs and returns them without objecting to anything contained in them, including grounds and terms such as property division and shared parenting. In a contested divorce, if the spouse being served disagrees with the content of the divorce papers, they will file their own answer and counterclaim outlining their objections. If the spouse being served fails to either sign and return the papers or file an answer within 35 days, the divorce may be granted by default. In an uncontested divorce, it can take anywhere between six weeks to four months for the dissolution to be finalized, depending on the issues that need to be settled including child support and custody.

Why do I Need a Lawyer to get a Divorce in New Jersey?

Depending on how property division your divorce is, it may not be in your best interest to attempt to represent yourself in court. In divorces where children are involved, and/or there is property division to be agreed upon, the services of an experienced New Jersey divorce attorney can ensure that your and your children’s rights and financial security are protected. If you are anxious about cost, New Jersey law allows for one spouse to seek payment of their legal fees from the other spouse in some circumstances. When you retain a skilled family law attorney, your lawyer will communicate with your estranged spouse’s counsel so you don’t have to do it yourself during what is often an emotionally trying time.

Municipal Courts in Bergen County, New Jersey

Central Municipal Court Bergen County

Nearby Hotel in Bergen County, New Jersey

Residence Inn by Marriott Saddle River / Bergen County

Nearby Restaurant in Bergen County, New Jersey

The Brick House

Your Bergen County Divorce Need not be Complicated

Legal counsel from the experienced and dedicated law firm of Aretsky Law Group, P.C. can help guide you successfully through the divorce process and enable you emerge from the process with a decree of divorce and on a solid financial footing. We will thoroughly explain the choices you will face as part of your divorce, assisting you in making those decisions that will be most beneficial to you once your divorce proceeding is completed.

Call Aretsky Law Group, P.C. at 800-537-4154 or email Mr. Aretsky at Eric@aretskylawgroup.com for your initial consultation. You may also view our firm overview, attorney biographies and our areas of practice when you visit our website at Aretsky Law Group.

Hackensack Location

Two University Plaza Dr #55
Hackensack, NJ 07601

Phone: 201-580-3411

Client Reviews
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My experience with Eric as an attorney was genuinely pleasurable. Eric’s expertise in litigation, and personable attributes made the litigation of my case go over with ease. Eric was always punctual and went above and beyond my expectations in getting my case settled... Timothy G.
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Eric was able to successfully represent me in a financial dispute. I found his candor, knowledge, and skills highly effective in resolving the matter. This was my first experience using his services and now regard him as my personal attorney for any issue. Eric is my first call. Thank you! Dave
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Couldn’t have done it without his help. He kept us calm, had complete knowledge of the process and helped us negotiate our plea. It was totally worth hiring a lawyer have the outcome we did. Maureen