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How the reason for your divorce affects your divorce

Marriages end for any number of reasons. Sometimes one specific reason like infidelity is to blame; other times, there are many issues causing the breakdown of the relationship. In either situation, divorce can be inevitable.

However, you should understand that the reason for your divorce could influence the actual divorce in a number of different ways.

The legal process

New Jersey courts recognize no fault divorces and fault divorces. The legal process will vary based on the type of divorce you file. A no fault divorce does not hold either party responsible for irreconcilable differences lasting for a period of at least six months. These divorces are often uncontested.

Fault divorces can be more contentious and are often contested, as one person is being blamed for the divorce. In these situations, courts can grant a divorce based on:

  • Adultery
  • Desertion
  • Extreme cruelty
  • Separation
  • Substance abuse
  • Institutionalization
  • Imprisonment
  • Deviant sexual conduct

The method of dispute resolution

Parties who feel like they are to blame for a divorce or embarrassed by the divorce could be more willing to compromise and to seek less public forums for resolving disputes. Parties who feel jilted or angry might be more inclined to seek revenge or inflict emotional pain on the other party.

The venue

If your divorce was spurred by problems like financial disputes, loss of romantic feelings or parental disagreements, then you may prioritize cost-effective, quick and amicable options for resolving your disputes like mediation.

If you are divorcing because of issues like marital misconduct or financial fraud, then compromises and peaceful negotiations may be unrealistic options. In these situations, litigation can be unavoidable.

Whatever the reason for your divorce, you have a future to protect

The reasons why your marriage has ended can be complicated or simple; isolated or varied; they may be the fault of one, both or neither of you.

While these reasons can affect the divorce process itself, understand that they will not change the fact that there is going to be life after this. You have a future to protect, and you can do this with an attorney by your side to guide you through this complicated process and secure the fair outcome you deserve.

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