Undergoing a divorce can be an extremely difficult process. Strong emotions, concern for one’s future, and worry over the well-being of any children involved all contribute to the trying nature of the process. Oftentimes, the last thing a person in such a situation is prepared to deal with is the extensive paperwork and decision-making that accompanies the proceedings.
If you’re facing a New Jersey divorce, retaining the services of an experienced divorce attorney is the best way to make sure your interests and rights are protected. At our family law firm in East Brunswick, New Jersey, divorce attorney Frank Tournour is dedicated to providing effective and aggressive representation in all aspects of family law. Utilizing the extensive resources at our disposal, we will work to ensure that your rights are upheld at every stage of the divorce process.
The information on this page in intended to help you learn about New Jersey divorce as well as the services offered by our seasoned divorce attorney – such as representation in matters of child custody, child support, alimony, annulment, property division, and the dissolution of marriage. If you would like to arrange a personal consultation, please contact us today.
East Brunswick, New Jersey divorce attorney Frank Tournour can ensure that your interests are represented throughout the entire divorce process, including post-divorce modifications. Here is a brief summary of the different steps involved:
The first step in obtaining a divorce in New Jersey is to file a petition in a state court in the county where you live. The petition needs to be presented to your spouse for him or her to sign. If your spouse refuses to sign the petition, you will likely need to hire a professional process server to present the papers.
After signing the forms, your spouse will have an opportunity to file a response to the petition and thereby take part in the divorce process. It is important to understand that divorce and separation are not interchangeable terms. Oftentimes the creation of a separation agreement is the first step; this contract details the terms of the legal separation that the couple has agreed to. You will both be required to disclose your financial information to each other in order to establish the terms of the divorce – e.g., regarding the division of marital property, child custody, child support, alimony, etc. This is considered the negotiation phase of the process.
New Jersey is an equitable distribution state, which means that the court’s division of property and debts should be fair and equitable, but will not necessarily be equal. A divorce attorney can help ensure that your spouse divulges all of his or her relevant information.
If you and your spouse agree on the terms of your divorce, the process will be finalized after the papers are submitted to the New Jersey court in which the petition was filed. If, however, you cannot reach an agreement, your case may proceed to a court hearing and/or trial. During this phase, a divorce attorney can represent your interests and present your case to the family court judge. A trial can last anywhere from a few months to a few years, depending on the number of issues involved such as assets, finances, child custody, liabilities, etc.
The negotiation phase of the divorce process is extremely important. A successful outcome means that your case will not have to be brought before a New Jersey state court, which can be financially and emotionally taxing. For this reason, our divorce attorney is committed to fairly and reasonably settling matters early on whenever possible. His dedication to this approach was recently recognized by the Middlesex County Bar Association, which awarded him the 2006 Martin S. Goldin Award.
This honor was given to Mr. Tournour for, among other things, his ongoing efforts to sensibly resolve issues prior to pursuing litigation. He can act as a mediator in your divorce case to help you and your spouse reach an amicable resolution, or he can assist you with collaborative divorce proceedings. With our experienced divorce attorney by your side, you can rest assured that the courts will be utilized only as a last resort in defending your needs.
Along with providing skilled and professional negotiation services, Mr. Tournour:
At our family law firm in East Brunswick, New Jersey, we understand the divorce process can be intimidating. For this reason, we are committed to standing beside our clients every step of the way and working diligently to secure their best interests. Because we handle only a limited number of cases, we are able to devote the necessary time to each one as we work to obtain the most favorable outcome. Contact our divorce attorney today to schedule a consultation and take the first step toward protecting your rights in this difficult time.
In addition to divorce, our firm handles other family law issues including prenuptial agreements, domestic violence, and palimony. Our Case Results page highlights some of the judgments obtained by our family lawyer in these areas of litigation.