Bergen County Divorce Lawyer
Going through a divorce is one of the most stressful things in life. The process of obtaining a divorce in New Jersey can be complicated, and emotions almost always run high.
When you have an experienced and compassionate Bergen County divorce lawyer from Arons & Solomon, P.A., in your corner, things get a little bit easier.
At Arons & Solomon, P.A. our divorce lawyers have 150+ years of combined experience. No attorney on staff has fewer than two decades of individual experience helping clients like you navigate these intimate and personal legal disputes. We know that the stakes are incredibly high for you and your family – and we’re ready to be your fiercest advocate in pursuit of your goals and wishes.
You probably have a lot of questions. That’s why our Bergen County law office extends a free initial case evaluation to all prospective clients. Give us a call to schedule an appointment at a time that’s convenient for you. We’d be more than happy to sit down and discuss your legal options with you.
How Arons & Solomon, P.A. Can Help You Navigate Your Divorce in Bergen County, NJ
Unless you and your spouse are on the same page about everything – how assets and debts will be allocated, who gets custody of the kids – and when, and whether spousal support is on the table – divorce can be a stressful and overwhelming process.
When it seems like your world is falling apart, it really helps to have a knowledgeable and empathetic Bergen County divorce attorney standing beside you.
Arons & Solomon is well known and respected in the New Jersey family law community. Our divorce attorneys are capable, trustworthy, and have unparalleled experience navigating the most complex family law matters in the state.
And, we appreciate just how difficult it is to go through the motions of getting a divorce. We know that your world has been turned upside down. The transition can be a difficult one – and some handle it better than others. If your spouse isn’t handling it all that well, it can make things all that much more difficult for you. When divorce affects children, it adds another layer of complexity and stress.
Our Bergen County divorce lawyers are here to help you in any way that we can. We will help you seek an amicable resolution, but will never fail to be tenacious in the pursuit of your goals.
Among other things, we will:
- Put you in contact with an experienced divorce lawyer from day one
- Listen carefully to what you have to say and help you identify what you’d like to achieve through the divorce
- Share our knowledge of New Jersey divorce laws and procedures, giving you the tools you need to make informed decisions
- Advise you about the different alternative dispute resolution strategies that might help you work out the terms of your divorce amicably
- Handle conversations and negotiations with your spouse’s divorce lawyer
- Aggressively pursue your goals and wishes in the courtroom, if necessary
Call our Bergen County, NJ law firm to schedule a time to sit down with our skilled legal team. Your first consultation is 100% free, so contact us today.
Divorce Lawyers Available Throughout Bergen County, New Jersey
If you live in North Jersey, Arons & Solomon, P.A. is here to help you navigate this difficult and stressful time.
- Franklin Lakes
- Upper Saddle River
- Old Tappan
- Saddle River
- And more
Please don’t hesitate to contact one of our law offices, conveniently located in Hackensack and Madison, to speak with a divorce lawyer about your case.
What Are the Grounds for a Divorce in New Jersey?
New Jersey recognizes several grounds for a divorce. There are two kinds of divorce in New Jersey: no-fault and fault-based.
No-fault divorce is based on the spouses being separated for 18 months.
A no-fault divorce does not blame either party for the breakdown of the marriage. A spouse seeking a no-fault divorce does not have to prove any wrongdoing on behalf of the other spouse. A no-fault divorce can be granted even when the other spouse does not wish to be divorced.
Fault-based divorce, as its name suggests, states why a spouse is at fault for the marriage’s end.
There are several fault-based grounds for divorce:
- Extreme cruelty
- Adultery and deviant sexual conduct
- Habitual drunkenness or voluntary addition
- Institutionalization for mental illness
Fault-based divorces require the filing spouse to prove the allegations against the at-fault spouse.
Are There Any Residency Requirements to Get a Divorce in New Jersey?
New Jersey has residency requirements for divorce. A residency requirement is the minimum amount of time a spouse must be living in New Jersey before they can file for divorce. In New Jersey, at least one spouse must have lived in New Jersey for a minimum of one year before filing for divorce.
For adultery divorces, the one-year residency requirement is waived if one spouse lives in New Jersey.
How Long Does it Take to Get a Divorce in the State of New Jersey?
It depends. To get a no-fault divorce based on separation, spouses must have lived separately without interruption for 18 months. For divorces based on irreconcilable differences, the irreconcilable differences must have continued for at least 6 months.
In any court case, the length of time it takes to resolve the lawsuit depends on some factors outside of the control of either party or their attorneys, like the court’s schedule.
Helping You With Every Aspect of Your Divorce
There are a lot of layers to a divorce. Our Bergen County divorce lawyers are here to help you understand your options, determine what you’d like to achieve through the divorce process, and devise a strategy to make that happen for you.
Here’s a brief sampling of some of the things we can help with your divorce case in Bergen County:
When you and your spouse are in complete agreement about how the terms of your divorce should look, you can move forward with what’s called an “uncontested” divorce. It means that there will be no disputes about property division, child custody and child support, alimony, and other aspects of a divorce that must be resolved before a dissolution of marriage can be approved by a family court.
This is often the quickest and least expensive way to divorce – if it’s done correctly. You might think that you don’t need an attorney if your divorce is uncontested.
However, there are two important reasons to have an attorney guiding you through the process.
First, even though you might think that you and your partner are on the same page and that things are amicable, it’s good to be certain that the terms you agree to are, in fact, fair. Once you sign your divorce papers, you’ll be legally bound to comply with the terms. Having a lawyer review those terms can help to save you costly headaches down the line.
Second, getting a divorce is a legal process. There are strict rules and procedures that must be satisfied before a judge will approve your split. Errors or missteps can be costly – both in time and money. By hiring a lawyer to handle the administrative aspects of your uncontested divorce, you can avoid potentially expensive mistakes.
Whenever spouses disagree about any aspect of their divorce, the process becomes a contested one. Contested divorces are quite common and account for the vast majority of cases. They also tend to take longer and cost more than uncontested splits. Why? Because before a court will approve a divorce petition, all terms – the division of property, custody, financial support – must be set in stone. If spouses aren’t on the same page, a period of negotiation is required.
There are a number of different ways to negotiate contested terms of a divorce. Your lawyer can sit down and negotiate directly with your partner’s counsel. Alternatively, you might want to consider mediation, arbitration, or a collaborative divorce. If none of these alternative dispute resolution (ADR) strategies are successful, your dispute might land before a judge in family court.
You’ll want to make sure that you are represented by an attorney who has years of experience handling contested divorces. That’s the best way to advocate for your wishes and set yourself up to walk away with terms that are agreeable to you.
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Alternative dispute resolution, or ADR, refers to practices that help spouses resolve matrimonial and divorce disputes outside of the courtroom. At Arons & Solomon, P.A., our Bergen County divorce attorneys are highly skilled in all aspects of ADR, including mediation, collaborative divorce, and arbitration.
- Mediation: Mediation is great for spouses who are willing to compromise. In mediation, you and your spouse sit down with a neutral third party (a mediator) – both together and independently. The mediation helps you both identify your goals, find common ground, and move toward a mutually-agreeable resolution. With mediation, you maintain full control over the outcome. You and your spouse make the decisions – not the mediator.
- Collaborative Divorce: A collaborative divorce is a non-adversarial proceeding. Here, you and your attorney sit down with your spouse and their attorney and make a good-faith effort to negotiate the terms of your divorce. When you commit to the collaborative divorce process, you agree to stick with it and not take your dispute to court. If the process is unsuccessful, you and your partner will be required to hire new counsel and begin the process of getting a divorce all over again.
- Arbitration: Arbitration is a bit more adversarial than mediation and collaborative divorce. You still sit before a neutral third party (an arbitrator), but this time the proceeding unfolds more like a trial. The arbitrator hears arguments and evidence from both sides and then makes a decision. That decision is final and binding.
If you and your spouse are at odds about one or more terms of your divorce, ADR is the preferred method of finding a resolution. It’s typically less costly and less time consuming than divorce litigation.
ADR is a great way to attempt to negotiate the terms of a divorce – but the process isn’t always successful. In some cases, divorce proceedings head to court, and disputes are heard before a family court judge. It’s critical that you hire a lawyer who has experience in the courtroom – it could mean the difference between getting the outcome you want and an outcome you dread.
Arons & Solomon, P.A. has 150+ years of combined experience in divorce litigation. We have extensive experience handling cases in Bergen County and know the judges here well. We also know the attorneys who may represent your spouse – and our prior experiences with them – our knowledge of their strategies and weaknesses – can be extremely beneficial to you as we fight for you in court.
Since 2015, LGBT marriage has been legal across the United States. And, just like heterosexual unions, not all gay marriages last. The simple fact is that while LGBT couples can divorce, the process tends to be complicated. Laws in New Jersey are still trying to catch up with the times.
For that reason, it helps to work with an attorney who is not only experienced with traditional divorce proceedings but who has taken the time to become familiar with the unique aspects of LGBT divorces, too.
When you (or your spouse) is in the military, there’s a good chance that your family will move around – a lot. If you’re living in New Jersey and decide to end your marriage, you’ll probably have to comply with New Jersey’s divorce laws. The fact that you (or your spouse) are in the military can add a layer of complexity to an already complicated process – especially if you have children. Where will the kids live, and with whom? Where will the primary residence be? What potential issues might arise if one of you is stationed overseas? Will there be any issues satisfying New Jersey’s one-year residency requirement?
Since 1994, Arons & Solomon, P.A. has been helping military families in Bergen County work through the steps of getting a divorce. Let us put your mind at ease and help you work on moving forward with your life.
Child Custody & Visitation
When children are front and center in a divorce, it’s important to tread lightly. The way parents approach discussions about custody and visitation – and how the terms are ultimately decided – will affect children for years to come, if not the rest of their lives.
At Arons & Solomon, P.A., our family law lawyers appreciate this and strive to help our clients and their spouses find an amicable approach to discuss child custody and visitation. Whenever possible, we advocate non-adversarial negotiations or ADR strategies.
However, custody is a very personal matter, and some parents dig in their heels and simply refuse to compromise. Other times, there may be legitimate concerns about a parent’s ability to care for a child due to domestic violence, drug or alcohol abuse, or psychological issues. In the event that custody is disputed, our attorneys will be ready to argue passionately in court on your behalf in pursuit of a custody parenting arrangement that is in your child’s best interest.
Child and spousal support are often central issues in divorce proceedings in Bergen County, New Jersey. Parents have an obligation to provide for their children, regardless of marital status or residence. Similarly, there are situations when one spouse may be required to support the other financially for a time after a marriage dissolves.
These disputes often require extensive investigations, a lot of documentation, and consultations with financial experts. Our attorneys know what to look for, how to formulate a successful argument, and will be tenacious as we work to finalize child support and/or alimony agreements that work for you.
When you divorce, you’ll have to hash out how your marital property (assets and debts) are split up between you and your spouse. New Jersey is an “equitable” division state. This means that property doesn’t necessarily have to be divided equally.
Rather, each spouse is entitled to a “fair” share of the couple’s property. This could result in an even 50/50 split or leave one spouse with a more sizable share. So, disputes over what is “fair” often arise.
Our law firm has the resources that will be necessary to get experts involved in your case – including forensic accountants, economists, and appraisers. With their help, we can work to secure a truly fair share of the marital property for you.
Domestic violence is a serious issue across the nation – and right here in Bergen County, New Jersey. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to speak out, acknowledge abuse, and take steps to remove yourself (and your children) from a violent household. Our lawyers know it takes courage – and we want to provide you with the support and guidance you need to move forward with your life.
Know that you can trust our team to be discreet and work around the clock to get you out of a dangerous situation. The first steps involve getting a restraining order (E-TRO) against your abusive spouse. Then, we can formulate a plan of action and serve divorce papers with terms that will allow you to remain in your home (if you want), keep your children safe, and provide you with the financial support you’ll require for a fresh start.
There are a lot of different issues that can arise during a divorce – paternity disputes, arguments about the legality of a prenuptial agreement, parental relocation, and more. Our law firm is equipped to help you fight to get the best result for you and your family. Call us to learn more from a skilled member of our legal team today.
The Divorce Lawyer You Choose Matters – Here’s Why You Should Hire Arons & Solomon, P.A.
Your life will change forever when you get a divorce. The way your case unfolds, and the terms to which you’ll ultimately be bound, will have long-lasting ripple effects across your life. There’s simply too much at stake to hire just any attorney in Bergen County to handle your divorce.
You deserve a divorce lawyer who has:
- Extensive experience representing clients in complex legal divorce proceedings
- A thorough and in-depth understanding of New Jersey divorce law and procedure
- The ability to be empathetic and support you throughout the process of getting a divorce
- The time and resources to help you achieve the goals you set
When you choose Arons & Solomon, P.A., that’s precisely what you’ll get.
At our Bergen County law firm, we:
- Are selective in the cases we handle, which allows us to give each of our clients the personalized time and attention they deserve
- Have 150+ years of collective experience negotiating and litigating family law disputes
- Are well known and respected for the legal representation we provide to clients just like you
- Are recognized for our results (AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, Bergen County’s “Top Lawyers” by (201) Magazine, Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers)
We are deeply engrained in the New Jersey family law community. Our two founding attorneys – Marion Solomon and Mitchell Arons – co-founded the Collaborative Divorce Association of North Jersey and Chairman of the Bergen County Settlement Panel. Marion is also a “Master” in the New Jersey Family Law Inn of Court.
When you need a divorce lawyer in Bergen County, you can count on Arons & Solomon, P.A.. We will be there to help you every step of the way, from filing for divorce to negotiating the terms to litigating in a courtroom to petitioning for modifications if circumstances change. Call our law office to speak with an attorney today.
Schedule a Free Consultation With a Bergen County Divorce Lawyer
You need a smart, savvy, approachable attorney in your corner when you’re filing for legal separation and going through a divorce. At Arons & Solomon, P.A., we are committed to putting our 150+ years of combined experience to work for your benefit.
Call our Bergen County divorce lawyers to find out how we can give you the tools you need to make some of the most important decisions in your life. Your first case evaluation is 100 percent free, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to our skilled family law attorneys for legal advice today.