This question is often asked by individuals contemplating filing for divorce. The simple answer to this question is at the very least you should speak with an experienced divorce lawyer before making the decision as to whether or not you can process your divorce on your own. An analogy that is somewhat applicable to getting divorced without the advice of a lawyer is pulling out a bad tooth on your own without going to see a dentist. There are all kinds of issues that need to be addressed in a marital settlement agreement that a non- lawyer may not think of when contemplating a divorce.
Such issues include but are not limited to the following: how to fund college costs for the children, how to calculate child support, how to calculate alimony, what insurances are required to remain in effect in order to secure the alimony recipient that he or she will receive the monies that they are entitled to, what paperwork must be completed in order to properly transfer ownership of marital property from one spouse to the other spouse, how to allocate marital debt, how will support payments be processed, how to complete all the paperwork required in order to both file and finalize a divorce action in the state of New Jersey.
It is not required that you have a divorce lawyer in order to process divorce in the state of New Jersey . You can get a divorce on your own. You just need to make sure that you know what you are doing and that you have thought about and addressed all of the potential contingencies that may arise in the future. If such contingencies are not anticipated they could create problems for both spouses subsequent to the finalization of the divorce.
In the event your divorce does not involve a lot of complex issues it is conceivable that your divorce can be processed rather quickly and inexpensively. An experienced divorce lawyer can expedite the process for a very reasonable fee if both parties are in agreement as to all issues.
The divorce lawyers at Villani and DeLuca process over a hundred divorce cases every year that consist of both contested and uncontested cases through New Jersey. We also offer a free consultation and will be happy to answer any questions that you have relative to both the divorce process and whether or not it makes sense for you to have a divorce lawyer assist you in obtaining your divorce. Call today to schedule your free consult.