Any divorce attorney will tell you that no two divorces are alike. One life formed by two people is about to become two lives again. There will be costs to consider but the full extent of them will depend on the components that make up those lives. Ideally, every ounce of sensitivity and compassion remaining in your life together will be available when you choose the method of divorce that fits the situation. There are actually five options a divorcing couple will typically have to choose from.
What are the divorce options in New Jersey?
In the state of New Jersey, there are essentially five options facing any resident seeking a divorce. Think of this as comparison shopping because the option you choose must not only be agreeable to you and your soon-to-be ex, it must fit your respective budgets as well. Here we have a very basic guide. Deeper discussion with your attorney is, of course, recommended.
The DIY Divorce
That would be the “Do-It-Yourself” divorce. Already, it sounds like the cheaper option, right? It may be, on paper. Bypassing all outside professionals means that you and your spouse take on all the heavy lifting. Thus, it is safe to say that those conflict and complexity factors better be conducive. There will still be court fees, filing fees, other paperwork costs and possibly valuations ordered by the court depending on your situation.
The Internet Divorce
So you two realize that it is going to be rough doing this on your own. Yet, you still insist on cutting out the professionals. You turn to an internet divorce service that incurs a fee right up front. Everything else from there on in should be similar to the DIY divorce. Do not mistake the internet as a helping hand. It is just a means of organizing, while you do it yourself.
Until a third party is introduced, let’s just say that objectivity doesn’t stand much of a chance. Even if cooler heads were to prevail, procedure and paperwork alone can cost you both time you don’t have and money in the future fixing your DIY or Internet Divorce. A human expert goes beyond merely organizing and filing for you. Law is a language and those of us on the wrong side of the bar exam tend to need a translator.
(Read Online Divorce Is No Substitute for more information on The Internet Divorce)
Collaborative Law Process
What if there was a way to have lawyers working on complexity but without any conflict? There is actually a process that certain attorneys are trained in and it is known as the collaborative law process. Rather than go head to head, both sides’ legal representatives work side by side.
Conflict and complexity rear their ugly heads again but this time there is a neutral third party skilled in minimizing their roles while guiding the couple through the process. With a procedure set in place and a professional to see it through, the divorce process might take weeks or months where it may have taken years if you two were at odds and lawyered up. The triumph of mediation is that it has inspired cooperation between participants and spared families of the strife often associated with divorce. Divorce mediation typically involves an experienced family law attorney acting as a neutral, third party to help the two litigants (and sometimes their respective attorneys) reach a settlement. Ann Fabrikant, Esq. is a trained mediator, so please do not hesitate to contact this office in this regard.
Divorce litigation involves two attorneys, one for each litigant. It is more costly but you get what you pay for. It is as simple as that. If you want to discuss rates, please make an appointment with this office. Beyond that, you will have the assurance that this professional will be a divorce attorney representing you exclusively. Conflict may have led you to this point but you can rest easier when it comes to the complexity. A lawyer does the heavy lifting for you.
If you simply wish to explore your options and require advice, please do contact our office. We are always prepared to help those who are facing such a painful episode in their lives.
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