Experienced New Jersey Divorce Lawyers

New Jersey offers both "no-fault" or "for-cause" divorce. No-fault is typically used when the two parties have grown apart and just no longer want to be married. Examples of for-cause issues include domestic violence, habitual drunkenness, adultery and abandonment.

The lawyers at Rothstein, Mandell, Strohm & Halm in Lakewood, New Jersey, can explain how the type of divorce you choose can affect the process and your settlement. We always recommend that you attempt to resolve divorce issues amicably, either by mediation or other agreement. However if it comes to the point that litigation is unavoidable, our lawyers will zealously represent your interests.

Did You Know?

  • There is a statutory "cooling-off" period for no-fault divorces.
  • Choosing for-cause divorce can speed up the process, but it may affect property distribution.
  • If domestic violence is an issue in your divorce, our lawyers can help you seek temporary and permanent restraining orders.
  • New Jersey courts may provide temporary spousal support when one side has a financial need and the other has the ability to pay
  • If a couple has children, child custody and visitation must be resolved before property issues can be addressed.
  • All assets and debts accumulated during your marriage, including pension and retirement accounts, must be divided equitably between you and your spouse. This division will not necessarily be 50-50. Courts will look at the parties' incomes and income potential, and attempt to equalize income and assets. Courts will also look at whether debts were incurred on an individual or joint basis.
  • A separation agreement can provide an accounting date for when assets will become separate assets and no longer marital assets.
  • Health insurance and life insurance issues can arise in divorce. For example, if you receive alimony, you can require your former spouse to maintain a life insurance policy with you as a beneficiary to safeguard your alimony payments. A spouse who pays child support may also be required to pay for a child's health insurance benefits.

For more information about divorce: call us at 732-719-4156 or contact us online . From our offices on the border of Lakewood and Brick immediately adjacent to Exit 89 on the Garden State Parkway, we serve clients throughout the greater Ocean County area.