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What To Know At The Start Of Divorce

Divorce can quickly become overwhelming. Between the emotional, financial and legal complications, you may be wondering where to begin.

Based in Jersey City, Bayonne and West Caldwell, Carolann M. Aschoff, P.C., can point you in the right direction. Turn to our attorney for dependable guidance for your divorce questions.

How long does divorce take?

Divorce can take anywhere from a few months to over a year. The duration depends on several factors, such as whether you are dividing complex property. Negotiation and family mediation often yield faster results than divorce litigation.

Do divorcing couples split property 50-50?

Usually, property division is much more complex than an equal split. Instead, New Jersey courts examine the resources and financial needs of both parties to decide what outcome would be fair – but not necessarily equal.

Will I have to pay alimony?

Alimony, or spousal support, is not an automatic result in every divorce. A spousal support order is more likely when former spouses need to address a significant financial need, a major gap in income or an agreement related to property division. Whether you expect to pay or receive alimony, your lawyer can advocate for a reasonable outcome for you.

How should I prepare for my first meeting with my divorce lawyer?

Before you meet with one of our attorneys, it is a good idea to gather some information including:

  • The types of investments, debt and properties that you and your spouse own
  • What issues you and your spouse might be able to agree upon
  • Which goals you want to prioritize
  • What specific questions you have about your situation or the divorce process

You do not need to have all the answers at the start of your divorce. This process is complex, which is why it is important to take the first step by getting professional legal insight.

Start Building Your Divorce Strategy

The prospect of divorce can be intimidating. We can ease your stress by giving you customized advice. Call 201-793-7739 or 973-200-4892 to schedule your consultation. You may also email us for more information.