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Hackensack Contested Divorce Attorney

Young couple sittin back to back on the sofa,having relationshipGuiding Bergen County and NJ clients through contested divorce cases

A contested divorce is when a couple cannot agree to the terms of the divorce or the grounds in which a spouse based the divorce. With regard to grounds for divorce, New Jersey is a “no-fault” divorce state, meaning that a couple can get divorced based on “irreconcilable differences.” It is not a pure one though and couples can cite “fault” grounds for divorces, including adultery, incarceration, substance abuse, cruelty, and more. This opens the floor to a contested divorce before the real issues come into play. Most contested divorces are based on the same applicable issues, including alimony, property distribution, child support, and child custody. These topics can easily send a couple to court to engage in an emotionally-charged battle. Even one issue can lead to litigation. Debra F. Schneider, Esq. understands how hard ending a marriage can be. Our firm will compassionately and effectively guide you through the process and see that your legal matter is concluded in the best way possible. If you need to secure a better future, contact Debra F. Schneider, Esq.

Property distribution leads to contested divorces

Division of assets may be one of the most common factors in a contested divorce. New Jersey is an equitable distribution state and will allocate assets and debts in a just and fair manner. This does not always mean a 50/50 split. Most spouses disagree with the other in regards to how property should be distributed. One party may believe that they are entitled to more or the other party deserves less. When this happens, they may have to let a judge decide on the matter.

Alimony can lead to a contested divorce

Spousal support is a considerably contested issue. Parties often believe that they are entitled to a certain support structure, whether they are the dependent or independent spouse. This usually stems from the notion that one worked harder for the financial success of the couple. Often, when one spouse believes that they have worked harder and brought more to the table, the other may believe that they have worked equally hard or harder to take care of the house, the children, or deferred goals for the betterment of the family.

Child custody can lead to contested divorces

Another contested and emotional issue is the topic of child custody. Parents work to have a continuing positive relationship with their children. When a couple divorces, the idea that their child, whom they once saw every day, may not live with them full time can be too much to handle. When parents have to address physical and legal custody issues in court, they may feel an entitlement to a certain parenting structure. If one parent stayed at home with the child while the other worked, they may feel entitled to have the child more of the time. This is not always the case and can lead a couple to a courtroom to resolve the matter.

Child support and contested divorces

Child support is a topic that can lead a family to a contested court case. If one parent has residential or sole custody, the other may believe that they shouldn’t be financially responsible for a child they hardly see. Obviously, this is not the case. Both parents have an obligation to support their child. Unfortunately, parents cannot always come to an amicable child support structure and may have to resolve the matter in court.

Contact a Hackensack divorce attorney

Divorce can be an overwhelming and complex process. Though we encourage couples to save time and money through alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and collaborative divorce, it may not always work out that way. If you are inquiring about divorce or believe you need effective representation, contact Debra F. Schneider, Esq. for a consultation.

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