The breakup of a marriage is at the top of the list in terms of stressful life experiences. Between the tension in the home, the changes in how you and your spouse relate to one another, and the uncertainty about your life in the aftermath of divorce, there is a lot to deal with. For these and other reasons, it is important to get an experienced, supportive New Jersey divorce attorney on your side as soon as possible.
Scheduling a Consultation With a Divorce Attorney
If you are going through a separation or contemplating a divorce, one of the top items on your to-do list should be consulting with a Milltown divorce attorney. We can advise you of your rights under the New Jersey divorce statutes and address some of the issues surrounding your divorce case that you may not be aware of or have not yet considered. You should come to this first consultation ready to discuss the following six areas:
- The reasons for your breakup. In New Jersey, you may obtain a divorce on the grounds that you and your spouse have irreconcilable differences or you may file on the basis of specific fault grounds. These include issues such as abandonment, adultery, domestic violence, and habitual drug use or drunkenness and can significantly impact your rights in any settlement agreements.
- The current relationship between you and your spouse. There are two general categories of divorce — contested and uncontested. In an uncontested case, couples are able to agree to the terms. In a contested case, proceedings are likely to be more complex. If you and your spouse do not get along, it is important to be prepared.
- Any children that may be involved. If there are children of the marriage, you will need to consider how custody will be divided between you and the other parent. If you are a step parent, you have limited legal rights, but there are still actions we can take on your behalf.
- The marital property and assets you possess. Any property or assets you and your spouse earned, acquired, or otherwise accumulated during your marriage is considered marital property and will need to be divided on an equitable basis. Factors such as each person’s income, individual assets, and any career sacrifices made during the marriage will be considered.
- Retirement benefits. You are entitled to a portion of any retirement benefits your spouse accumulated during the marriage, but there are special considerations involved. This includes how distributions are taken, getting a special order so they can be released, and any Internal Revenue Service (IRS) impact.
- Actions that have occurred since your separation. Our attorney needs to know if there have been issues such as threats, arguments that may have gotten physical, or incidents of stalking or harassment that have occurred since your separation so that we can take steps to protect you. We also need to know any actions you may have taken, such as selling certain property or getting into a new relationship, which could impact your divorce case.
Contact Our New Jersey Divorce Attorney
The earlier you contact a divorce attorney, the better we are able to protect both your well-being and your financial security. At the Law Office of Jordan B. Rickards, Esq., we provide trusted legal guidance and professional representation to assist you through every aspect of your case. To request a confidential, one-on-one consultation regarding your options, reach out and call or contact our Milltown family law attorney online today.