How To Begin The Divorce Process
The first step in any divorce is to decide whether or not you are prepared to go through with such a big life decision. Once you are ready to begin the divorce process, the first thing you should do is request a consultation with a lawyer.
During initial consultations with our firm, Carolann M. Aschoff, P.C., we gather as much information about our clients’ situations as possible. We want to understand the reason for divorce, whether there are children involved, what assets you have and other relevant matters to your case.
Filing A Complaint
Once we have the information we need to advocate for your goals, we will file a complaint. The other party must respond within 35 days, and we will immediately begin preparing your case.
Your Options And Mandatory Programs
After the complaint has been served, we will draft a proposal regarding the terms of your divorce. Our team will work to settle your case whenever possible, but litigation may become necessary. We will always provide guidance and firm representation in whatever solution is best for you.
New Jersey courts have a couple mandatory programs for divorce. The first is the early settlement panel program (ESP), which is designed to help divorcing couples settle their case. If you cannot come to an agreement through this phase, New Jersey requires you to undergo a mediation process.
If it becomes impossible to settle, we will fight for you in trial.