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Nov 11, 2016 @ 07:00 PM — by Michael Green


In New Jersey, if parties are amicable, they can seek a quick NJ divorce and fast NJ divorce, by addressing the process of divorce in a timely fashion and agreeing upon terms of their divorce sooner than later, avoiding costly and lengthy litigation in the Courts.  We can help you with your quick divorce or fast divorce!

Generally, the process is that one party or the other files a complaint for divorce and obtains a docket number from the New Jersey Family Court.  Upon obtaining a docket number, the other party may be served with the summons and complaint for divorce.  The party served must file an answer to the complaint or file an appearance in the case within 35 days of being served or they will be in default. 

If the parties are amicable and have reached an agreement on the terms of the divorce, the party served may choose not to file an answer or appearance as the terms of any agreement will be incorporated into any Final Judgment of Divorce entered by the Court.  The party served the complaint may acknowledge service and waive the 35 day period to file an answer or appearance, essentially capturing those 35 days. 

A default hearing for divorce may then be requested by the party that filed the complaint and the divorce is put through by the Court on the date of the hearing.

Alternatively, if the party served the complaint, the defendant, in this instance, answers or appears in the case, an uncontested hearing date may be requested by both parties and the divorce is put through on the date of the uncontested hearing.  Either way, through a default or limited uncontested divorce, you may make the entire divorce process go much faster by working together and amicably to get the divorce put through by the Courts before litigation is necessary or occurs.

In either instance, a default or uncontested divorce, the party served with the complaint may hire an attorney to review the property settlement agreement or not, at their choosing.  It is recommended that if there are things at issue, children or property, that an attorney draft and/or review your agreement.  Often, the problem parties face in trying to draft agreements on their own is that they don’t know what they don’t know.

A property settlement agreement or matrimonial settlement agreement will contain the terms of the divorce as to alimony or spousal support, child custody, child support and equitable distribution of assets, debts and liabilities. 

Equitable distribution includes:

  • the distribution of a marital residence,
  • retirement accounts such as an IRA, 401k, 403b, annuities,
  • pensions,
  • businesses,
  • other real property,
  • credit card debt,
  • tax liens, and,
  • college loans for tuition or expenses. 

If you are seeking a quick divorce or fast divorce in New Jersey, call us at Green & Associates, our NJ divorce lawyer and NJ divorce attorney with over 18 years of litigation experience will help you answer your questions in a free consultation.  Nights and weekend appointments are available.


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