Most states allow divorce to happen with only one spouse or representative of a spouse appearing before the judge. In some states, online divorce has become possible and more common. However, New Jersey only allows residents to file the Complaint for Divorce online if certain requirements are met.
The spouse who wants to file for divorce must be able to:
- Locate the spouse
- Both spouses agree to the terms of the divorce
One or both spouses may be members of the military, and the couple may still be qualify for an online divorce complaint filing even if they have children. This online divorce filing method may be preferable if both spouses are not currently in the state. For example, if one spouse is deployed overseas, he or she will not be able to attend court hearings in New Jersey or even to communicate with a divorce attorney in person. Performing some online divorce proceedings can speed up the process when it would otherwise not be possible.
Online tools such as Complete Case will walk you through questions that allow you to fill out and download the paperwork necessary to file the Complaint for Divorce in person. While you can file for divorce online, completing your divorce hearing and the required workshops will require at least one spouse, the plaintiff, to appear in person before a judge in the state of New Jersey. Complete online divorce is not yet available in New Jersey. If you are unable to appear in court, you may consider putting off your divorce until which time that you can be physically present.