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Online Divorce
in New Jersey

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  • Ready-to-file paperwork in 2 business days
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an online divorce?

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Is your spouse in agreement regarding this divorce and willing to sign the divorce papers with you?
Do you and your spouse have any children under the age of 18 from this marriage?
New Jersey Divorce

Why Online Divorce is
a Good Idea

Online divorce is one of the ways to prepare divorce paperwork without an attorney. It is usually a good match for couples who don’t have disputes over divorce terms, such as property division or alimony.

How does it work?

Divorcing couples need to register and answer several questions about their desired divorce terms. They will also need to provide some basic personal information.

Then, the system will help them select the packet of appropriate New Jersey divorce forms and easily complete them. Finally, the papers in PDF format and filing guide will be available for spouses in only two business days.

People use the online divorce option because:

Divorce Preparation Cost

Contested Divorce

  • Expensive lawyers
  • Disagreements between spouses
  • Lengthy litigation
  • The need to adjust your schedule for court hearings
  • The court makes decisions that do not always satisfy the wishes of the parties

Online Divorce $299

  • Affordable prices
  • Clear step-by-step instructions
  • No need to hire expensive lawyers
  • Transparent process
  • Download completed forms in just 2 business days
  • 24/7 customer support
  • Convenient and understandable system

DIY Divorce

  • It can be difficult to fill out forms yourself
  • A Court rejects the case if the forms have any mistakes
  • It's not suitable for those who have even small disputes
  • It may lead to unexpected expenses
  • It takes more time
New Jersey Divorce Forms

New Jersey Divorce Forms

Spouses who want to start a marriage dissolution process need to collect the following forms:

  • Complaint about Divorce Based on Irreconcilable Differences (NJ-814D, NJ-815D, or NJ-816D);
  • Affidavit of Insurance Coverage (NJ-806D);
  • Certification of Verification and Non-Collusion (NJ-805D);
  • Family Part Case Information Statement (CIS) (3A);
  • Confidential Litigant Information Sheet (3B);
  • Request for Waiver of Fees and Supporting Certification, and Order Waiving Fees (Form 4 and 5);
  • Separation and Property Settlement Agreement (NJ-803D);
  • Waiver of Process and Entry of Appearance (NJ-809D);
  • Non-Military Affidavit (NJ-807D);
  • Summons (NJ-808D);
  • Acknowledgment of Service (NJ-KB-001);
  • Request and Notice of Default Uncontested Hearing Based on Irreconcilable Differences (NJ-817D);
  • Shared Custody Child Support Worksheet (NJ-813D);
  • Custody and Parenting Time/Visitation Plan (Form 22);
  • Civil Action Rule 5:4-2(h) Certification By Self-Represented Litigant (NJ-FDF10889);
  • Final Judgment of Divorce (NJ-811D).

Note that there could be other forms that spouses need to file with the court and those that don’t apply. For instance, the Request for Waiver of Fees is only filed when a plaintiff cannot afford to pay the filing fees.

Filling Out Divorce Forms in New Jersey

Filling Out Divorce Forms in New Jersey

Blank forms for NJ divorce can be found at the county courts’ official resources or obtained from the clerk’s office. Unfortunately, they will not be free of charge most of the time.

Another more convenient option is to use the CompleteCase.com service and obtain the packet of all required documents online.

Those who fill out the forms without any help or legal advice from a lawyer should follow certain rules described below.

  1. Visit any official NJ courts’ websites and look for filing instructions in the self-help section.
  2. Look through the forms and search all unclear legal terms in the legal dictionaries.
  3. Scan the papers and note down what information is needed to answer all questions.
  4. Prepare critical documents, such as driver’s licenses, birth certificates, IDs, social security numbers, etc.
  5. Before completing the papers, ensure that all the terms are agreed upon with the other spouse.
  6. Fill out the blanks accurately and legibly.
  7. Check the papers for mistakes.

If the documentation is completed with mistakes, the court clerk will reject them and return the entire packet to the plaintiff.

To avoid such an unpleasant situation, the couples can prepare their paperwork with CompleteCase.com. This service will assist them with collecting and filling out the forms according to New Jersey state standards.

The process is simple and quick. After a person registers and answers an online questionnaire, they can download and print all the completed forms in just two days.

Steps for Divorce in New Jersey

New Jersey divorce includes several key stages that a couple must complete.

Grounds for Divorce

Grounds for Divorce

Initial Filling

Initial Filing

Court Fees

Court Fees

Serving a Spouse

Serving a Spouse

Finalizing a Divorce

Finalizing a Divorce

Grounds for Divorce

New Jersey State Laws require any person who wants to separate from their spouse to indicate a reason for this action. They can choose one of nine reasons, also called grounds.

New Jersey courts allow divorce on either fault or no-fault grounds.

A no-fault option was introduced in 2007 and made it possible to end a marriage without publicly accusing any spouse of a marriage breakdown. Since then, the couples can choose the “irreconcilable differences” or “separation for 18 months” as no-fault reasons to end a marriage.

As a rule, spouses filing for a no-fault divorce resolve all disputes outside the court. They should discuss property division, child custody and support, alimony, and other issues. If both parties agree to the terms, they conclude a settlement agreement and file it with other papers.

The fault-based grounds are used for contested divorces. They include:

  • Adultery;
  • Willful desertion for 12 months;
  • Extreme cruelty (physical or mental);
  • Drug or alcohol addiction for 12 months;
  • Confinement to a mental health institution for 24 months;
  • Imprisonment for 18 months;
  • Deviant sexual behavior.

Initial Filing

Initial documents to file with the court include a Complaint about Divorce/Dissolution and an Attached Certification form, Certification of Insurance, and several other forms depending on the circumstances. If the filings are successful, the court will return a copy of the papers with the word “filed” and the docket number.

Court Fees

Before filing papers, the petitioner must pay the filing fees. The fee schedule may vary between counties. On average, the processing of documents costs $300. In addition, all couples with children must pay $25 for a parenting educational program.

Serving a Spouse

A filing spouse must tell the other party about the divorce proceedings no later than 4 months after filing divorce documents with the court. There are three ways to serve the other spouse:

  1. personal service (with the help of a sheriff or a neutral third party);
  2. by certified mail;
  3. service by publication.

Finalizing a Divorce

The clerk will schedule a court hearing when all papers have been filed. It usually takes place within 30 days. The petitioner should also prepare a consent order form and bring it to the hearing. The judge will sign the divorce decree if all the issues are addressed and the documents are filled out correctly.

Getting a Divorce Without a Lawyer in New Jersey

Getting a Divorce Without a Lawyer

Family law attorneys usually help divorcees with the paperwork, discovery process, filings with the court, and serving the other spouse. In addition, they represent their client in a family court.

However, lawyers’ services are very costly. An average New Jersey attorney charges $200-$500 an hour, contributing to mounting divorce expenses. Luckily, not all couples need legal representation.

Uncontested cases where the spouses resolve their differences peacefully don’t usually require a divorce lawyer. These couples may proceed without an attorney if they:

  • decided the issues of property division, children, and alimony;
  • want to save money on expensive legal services;
  • plan to maintain a civilized relationship after separation.

When the spouses do not hire attorneys, they have to take care of the paperwork and filing process independently. In other words, they go with a DIY method. It’s usually more affordable than the traditional way but not always faster since not everyone is comfortable doing all the paperwork without help.

Couples with a DIY divorce can make document preparation much easier if they use the help of CompleteCase.com. This service will provide them with all the paperwork fast and stress-free.

Getting a Divorce with Children in New Jersey

Getting a Divorce with Children in New Jersey

Child Custody

In every divorce involving minor children, the final decree should contain decisions about child custody. Namely, it includes the place and parent where the kids will live after divorce and who will be responsible for their upbringing. Typically, spouses with amicable divorce should add all those terms into their parenting plan.

Thus, New Jersey courts consider two types of custody: physical and legal. Each of them can be sole or joint.

Sole physical custody means that a child lives permanently with one parent, while the other might have visitation rights.

Joint physical custody grants both parents the right to live with the child according to an agreed schedule.

Sole legal custody means that only a custodial parent can make important decisions about the child, e.g., education, healthcare, etc.

Joint legal custody, on the contrary, allows both parents to make decisions concerning the child’s well-being.

When the judges assign the custody type, they consider:

Child Support

The child’s parents are responsible for supporting their children financially until they reach 19 years of age. The amount of this usually periodic payment is determined with the help of the state’s child support guidelines. They use such parameters as each parent’s income and the number of children.

Waiting Period in New Jersey

Waiting Period in New Jersey

There is no established waiting period between the filing date and the court hearing where a judge issues a final judgment regarding the divorce case. Typically, this hearing is scheduled within 30 days after the respondent files an answer or acknowledgment of service.

However, there are several waiting periods for different grounds alleged in the complaint. For example, if the couple states that their marriage broke down because of irreconcilable differences, this situation needs to be going on for six months before they file the petition.

To shorten the time needed for marriage dissolution, the spouse should:

  • negotiate divorce terms outside of the courthouse;
  • use online methods to get the court-required paperwork, such as CompleteCase.com.

Residency Requirements

When any person wants to dissolve their marriage, they need to check if they meet the state residency requirements. Usually, it’s a certain number of days that either spouse must live within the state’s borders.

New Jersey’s residency requirements are as follows:

  • Either spouse must live in NJ for at least one year before filing for divorce;
  • If the cause stated in the petition is adultery, one of the spouses still has to be a state resident, except that a one-year period doesn’t apply to their case. So it can be any other amount of time.
Residency Requirements in New Jersey

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