New Jersey allows you to complete your divorce without an attorney if you and your spouse can come to an agreement on what to do with your property and how you will care for any children that you have.
New Jersey Residency Requirements
To be eligible to file for divorce in New Jersey, at least one spouse must have lived in New Jersey for at least one (1) year immediately before filing.
Grounds For Divorce
New Jersey allows for divorce on the grounds that "irreconcilable differences" caused the breakdown of the marriage for six (6) months or more. This new law has no separation requirement.
Filing Your New Jersey Divorce
The steps for filing your uncontested New Jersey divorce are as follows:
- You sign and file the Complaint for Divorce along with related divorce documents and serve your spouse with copies by mail.
- Your spouse signs and files an Acknowledgment of Service by mail along with his or her remaining documents. Alternatively, as long as your spouse is not in the military, he or she can do nothing other than file the Acknowledgment and proceed in default.
- You attend a brief divorce hearing. Your divorce is finalized after the hearing when the Judge signs the Final Judgment of Divorce . (Note: Most New Jersey counties do not require you to attend a divorce hearing when your spouse defaults. County-specific hearing information is included in the filing procedures you will receive.)
Division of property & debt, child parenting plan (including child support, visitation and custody), spousal support, and more are covered.
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