Important Terms to Know When Getting Divorced

Deciding that it’s time to file for divorce from your spouse is one of the most difficult decisions you will make during your lifetime. You are essentially admitting that somewhere along the way something went wrong. The overall impact of a divorce is far-reaching. It will touch your family, your friends, even your co-workers. If you have children, it will without a doubt affect them the most. If you are considering divorce in New Jersey there are some important terms you need to know.

Divorce Types

There are different types of divorce, which can make a difficult situation even more difficult when you don’t know where the differences occur. For example, the different types of divorce can make the process longer than other types. Let’s explain the various types of divorce in this section:

  • No fault divorce vs fault divorce: New Jersey has both of these types of divorce. All it means is that you can get divorced without having to prove that the actions of your spouse caused the marriage to be irreparably repaired.
  • Uncontested vs contested divorce: An uncontested divorce results in both spouses coming to a mutual agreement on everything, including the division of assets, child support, spousal support and other issues. If the divorce is contested it means that one or both of the spouses does not agree with terms laid out in the divorce.

Other Important Terms

Now that we have the definition of the various types of divorces in New Jersey laid out for you we can take a look at some of the other common terms you will hear during the process.

Alimony: This is money paid to one spouse by the other during the separation period or following the finalization of the divorce.

Child Support: This is another form of payment made by the non-custodial parent to the parent with custody of the children. It can be used to pay for tuition, child care, groceries, clothes for the child, books and much more.

Default: To default means that you failed to answer the complaint that was filed regarding the divorce. Defaulting can ultimately result in everything being awarded to the spouse who filed for the divorce.

Marital Property: This is all of the property that has been acquired during the marriage. It can be monetary or physical

Mediation: This is a form of negotiation used by many couples when divorcing. Both spouses will attend, with or without their respective divorce attorneys, and hash out the various issues facing them in divorce in front of a mediator.

Plaintiff: This is the person who files for the divorce in Cinnaminson, New Jersey.

Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO): This is a document ordered by the court that divides the retirement assets in a divorce.

Settlement Conference: This is a meeting that is held between both parties and their lawyers prior to trial. It is typically ordered by the court in the hopes that the divorce can be settled in the final hour.

If you have questions about divorcing in New Jersey contact the office of Trish Davis, Esquire in Cinnaminson today. Ms. Davis serves the Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester County areas.