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Steps for preparing for divorce: a practical guide

On Behalf of | Jun 27, 2024 | Divorce And Family Law |

Filing for divorce is a significant life decision that requires careful planning and preparation. Understanding the legal and emotional aspects can help you navigate this challenging period. 

Understand the legal requirements

Before filing for divorce, familiarize yourself with the legal requirements. New Jersey requires that at least one spouse has been a resident for a minimum of one year before filing. 

Additionally, grounds for divorce in New Jersey include no-fault (irreconcilable differences or separation for 18 months) and fault-based grounds (adultery, abandonment, cruelty, etc.).

Gather financial documents

Organizing your financial documents can help you in divorce proceedings. Collect records of bank accounts, credit card statements, tax returns, mortgage documents, and any other financial assets or liabilities. Having a clear understanding of your financial situation can help you prepare for a discussion about asset division. 

Assess your living situation

Consider your living arrangements during and after the divorce. Decide whether you will stay in the marital home or move out. If children are involved, think about their needs and the best environment for their well-being. 

Plan for the future

Think about your long-term goals and how the divorce will impact your future. Consider aspects such as career plans, educational opportunities, and financial stability. Planning for these changes can help you transition more smoothly into your new life.

Preparing for divorce involves emotionally preparing yourself and understanding what things to take into consideration. By taking these steps, you can navigate the divorce process more effectively and lay the foundation for a stable future.

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