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Sign that may point to a rocky road to divorce

Marriage is a partnership people mostly believe will last a lifetime. That is why it is no easy decision to ask ones partner for a divorce. In some case, both partners can come to an agreement that they have grown apart and that splitting up may be the best thing for all involved, but this is not always the case.

Mediation: an alternative to court battles

Admittedly, the idea of taking someone to court can be exciting. You imagine the stunning arguments, the visceral testimonies, the thundering gavel bang of justice, but going to court can also be frustrating, lengthy and costly for both parties. In some cases, it truly is the best option, but most of the time individuals should exhaust preliminary options before deciding to head off to court.

What happens to an inheritance in case of divorce?

An inheritance does not form part of the joint property of a married couple. Therefore, in simplistic terms, it would mean that, in case of a divorce, a person's inheritance will not be seen as communal marital property. Legally, an inheritance belongs to the recipient, if it is kept separate from a couple's other assets in New Jersey.

Divorce from a mentally ill partner: What to consider?

The saying "love is blind" is often very true. When one gets married, one seems to be blind to any warning signs or faults of the other person. As time goes by, these warning signs may point to something much more ominous, and divorce may become an option. This situation may be especially true in cases of mental illnesses, as signs may only emerge later in the marriage.  

Investigation hidden assets in a divorce can be challenging

Whenever a New Jersey couple considers ending their marriage, it would only be natural for both spouses to feel vulnerable. This is an emotional time, and it is not uncommon for one party to suspect the other of hiding assets -- particularly if it is a high-asset divorce. Although suspicions may be unfounded, it might be worth investigating.

Try to make informed rather than emotional divorce decisions

Regardless of how amicable your divorce is, it will likely be an emotional process. It can be a difficult time in which you will have to make decisions that will affect the rest of your life, with many of them being financial. Many people reflect back to times when they made wrong decisions, and more often than not, those were choices made when they were highly emotional.

What are the chronological steps in a New Jersey divorce?

Ending a marriage is unknown territory for many, and knowing what to expect can be helpful. In New Jersey, a divorce is a chronological process, with small variations if unusual circumstances exist. The process starts with one spouse's attorney preparing the legal document known as the complaint, stating the grounds for divorce and his or her client's preferences for how custody, finances and other issues must be settled. The lawyer will then file the petition with the court, ensuring that the other spouse is served with a copy and a summons requiring a response within a particular time.

Divorce -- can one survive it after 50?

The end of a marriage is a difficult process for the majority of people. For a person to hear that his or her spouse wants a divorce after a marriage of 20 or 30 years, it can be devastating. After so many years, one may feel that it is not only the end of a marriage, but the end of the way one identifies oneself.

Protect your rights and finances before moving in with a partner

Some couples in New Jersey and elsewhere choose to move in together rather than to commit to a marriage. Authorities suggest careful consideration along with honest discussions before rushing into cohabitation. Some say money is the most cited cause for divorce, and why would it be any different for couples living together?

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