After the divorce mediation process has been successfully completed the remaining steps required to finalize the divorce are merely procedural. What this means is that a complaint for divorce needs to be filed along with all of the other required documentation, which consists of various affidavits and certifications. Thereafter the responding party will need to file a responsive pleading. Subsequent to the responsive pleading being filed the parties or their respective attorneys will need to make the court away that the case is settled and that an uncontested hearing needs to be scheduled.
Prior to the uncontested hearing a final judgment of divorce will need to be prepared and submitted to the court. Shortly after all of the above takes place the case will be listed for an uncontested hearing. At that hearing the Judge asks a series of questions just to make sure that the parties know what they have agreed to, that no one forced them to agree to the settlement terms and that they both consider the settlement terms to be fair. The hearing itself usually takes about fifteen minutes. Some counties in New jersey are permitted divorces to be finalized without the necessity of a court appearance. In those counties you simply submit all of the required paperwork and the judge processes the divorce on the papers submitted.
Should you have any questions about how to finalize your divorce after coming to an agreement on all terms please feel free to contact the divorce and mediation lawyers at Villani and DeLuca. The divorce lawyers at the firm have successfully processed hundreds of divorce over the years. We also offer a free initial divorce consultation. If you have any question please feel free to call today.