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How a New Jersey Divorce Attorney Can Help You During a Divorce
Notwithstanding the emotional support, a trained Divorce Attorney provides legal support throughout this entire period of crisis. The reality is a separation and divorce can be an incredibly emotional and drawn out experience mostly because the support system that used to be there in the form of a spouse likely will not be there anymore. A divorce attorney cannot replace the spouse, but it can be a nice support system.
A divorce attorney understands more of the legal aspects of the divorce process. While people may assume they understand the broad factors of divorce, a divorce attorney will have the crucial knowledge and skill to ensure the client can navigate the process. For example, the paperwork involved. A divorce attorney can first identify the documents that might be necessary for the divorce process, such as bank statements and other important financial documents, bills, insurance information, pay stubs, tax returns, and other important financial documents.
Knowing which documents to search for instead of being confronted with the unknown can lift a huge burden. A divorce attorney can provide and help complete the necessary forms, can make court appearances, and, most importantly, take care of the process of exchanging documents, serving papers, and making sure the proper documents are filed on time.
Separation of Assets
A New Jersey divorce attorney can assist with the entire experience of separating money and other finances, especially if the finances are particularly complicated with multiple houses or vehicles. New Jersey is an equitable distribution state. This means that New Jersey does not touch the property that each spouse had before entering the marriage, but does look at the property that was acquired after the point of marriage.
When separating the assets, a New Jersey court does not split it 50/50, but takes into account factors such as standard of living, health, earning capacity, whether one spouse delayed their career goals, etc. to try its best to make sure each spouse exiting the divorce is taken care of to the best of the court’s ability. When the court undergoes separation of the assets, a court might also take into account misdoings on behalf of one spouse.
For example, if one spouse caused the marriage to suffer a lot of credit debt, the court will likely not penalize both spouses for the mistakes of one party.
Potential Custody Arrangements
Though only applicable to some divorcing spouses, it likely remains one of the most important issues. The importance of having an attorney to assist with custody arrangements cannot be understated – especially considering the various combinations of child custody arrangements that might exist with regard to legal and physical custody. Accompanying the idea of custody arrangements is the idea of financials and determining whether child support can be a possibility.
Ultimately, an alarmist crisis scenario is not a guarantee; it is certainly possible to navigate the divorce process alone, especially if there is a mutually agreeable situation between the spouses. However, given the stakes and emotional component of the entire process, sometimes leaning on someone who can most certainly assist is not a bad idea.
Call (732) 449-0449 to schedule a consultation with Anthony J. Cafaro, P.C. in our Sea Girt office.
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