Established New Jersey Lawyer Asserts Your Rights in Divorce
Skilled North Brunswick attorney assists clients ending their marriage
Whether you’ve been married for four decades or four months, realizing your marriage has reached its end is a difficult reality to face. Perhaps you’re contemplating filing for divorce or your spouse has already started the process. In either case,
Deborah A. Rose is here to help. At my North Brunswick firm, I draw on nearly 35 years of experience in New Jersey’s family court system and have helped many clients get through the divorce process and move forward with their lives. I am proud to be a Certified Matrimonial Law Attorney — a designation bestowed by the Supreme Court of New Jersey on lawyers who demonstrate considerable expertise in the specialized field of family and matrimonial law. You can trust in my commitment to provide you with assertive advocacy while treating you with the respect and compassion you deserve.
Knowledgeable counselor advises on the basics of New Jersey divorce
New Jersey offers both fault grounds and no-fault grounds for divorce. Spouses alleging fault can do so on grounds including adultery, desertion and extreme cruelty. In a no-fault divorce, spouses can file by citing irreconcilable differences that have lasted for six months or more. You don’t have to be living in different houses to file on this basis. You can also file on the grounds of having lived apart for at least 18 months but that basis is not very common anymore since the grounds of irreconcilable differences was added to the law. In New Jersey, both parties do not have to agree to divorce. The party who files for divorce will receive a divorce even if the other party does not want one.
An uncontested divorce does not mean that both of you agree to the divorce or because the grounds are based on irreconcilable differences; it means that you have resolved all the issues involving custody, child support, alimony and equitable distribution and the only thing left is for the court to grant a divorce. The term really means that the case has been settled between you without the need for a trial. The divorce will ultimately become “uncontested” even if you file for grounds other than irreconcilable differences as long as the issues are settled without the need for a trial.
A divorce trial is only necessary if the divorce is “contested”. In New Jersey, about 98% of the cases –even those that start of as contested – end up settling and becoming “uncontested”. Settlement is the goal of everyone including the courts. Four way conferences as well as mediation, often resolve issues. As an experienced Middlesex County attorney and divorce mediator, I have handled divorces through every available method and can guide you down the path that best fits your needs while asserting your rights. If a trial is inevitable, then I am known to fight for my clients in court. If the case should be settled, I am known as a strong and fair negotiator.
Proven advocate helps you resolve all issues related to your divorce
Once a complaint for divorce is filed, there are number of issues both spouses and their attorneys will need to address. These can be addressed through out-of-court methods or can be argued in court. Common issues that must be decided include:
- Child custody, both legal custody and physical custody
- Child support
- Alimony/spousal support
- Division of assets and debts (property division)
- Handling of business assets, if any
As my client, you can be sure that my goal is to help you achieve outcomes on all of these issues that are best for you and your children, if you have any. Whether you and your spouse are able to reach a negotiated settlement or need to go to court, rest assured that I can adapt to your needs and work toward your goals.
Reach out to a New Jersey divorce lawyer today
Deborah A. Rose, PC is a North Brunswick law firm ready to help you get through the New Jersey divorce process and move forward in life. Schedule a meeting with me by calling 732-305-4624 or contact me online.