While it is widely stated that 50 percent of marriages will end in divorce, this statistic is largely considered to be inaccurate in modern times and especially not in New Jersey. Research indicated that in 2015, the national average rate of divorce was 16.9 divorces per 1,000 marriages. In New Jersey, the divorce rate for 2015 was 12.9 divorces per 1,000 marriages, which makes it the fourth-lowest divorce rate in the nation.
The only states that beat New Jersey for lasting marriages were Hawaii, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin. Meanwhile, the highest divorce rate for that year was Washington, D.C. with a rate of 29.9 out of 1,000.
Divorce can Happen When You Least Expect It
No one should ever get married expecting that they will get divorced. Despite this outlook and despite lowered rates of divorce in the United States in recent years, it is a matter of fact that marriages still end each and every year. Even if you believe that your marriage is solid, events can happen that throw it into turmoil and lead you or your spouse to seek a divorce.
Few people are ever prepared for the complications that can arise during the divorce process. Not only are emotions high, but many legal issues must be addressed and resolved before a New Jersey court will legally dissolve your marriage. The good news is that an experienced New Jersey divorce attorney can help you through every step of this process and work to alleviate as much additional stress as possible throughout your divorce case.
Some issues that commonly arise in New Jersey divorce cases include the following:
- Property division – Married couples tend to share a lot of property including homes, cars, and personal possessions. The law requires that this property be divided equitably between the spouses in a divorce.
- Child custody – Parents must determine how to split time and decision-making power regarding their children in a manner that the court agrees is in the best interest of the child.
- Child support – Depending on custody arrangements and income discrepancies, one parent may be ordered to pay child support in line with state guidelines.
- Alimony – Depending on the circumstances of the marriage, one spouse may be ordered to pay support to the other for a period of time following the divorce.
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The New Jersey family law attorneys at the law office of Borrus, Goldin, Foley, Vignuolo, Hyman & Stahl, P.C. know that every divorce case is different and we approach every case with a unique strategy for the best interests of our clients. Please call today if you need assistance with any type of divorce matter.