Sometimes two married individuals in their 20s end up having differences they simply cannot reconcile no matter how hard they try to do so. In this situation, divorce may be their only option. Here is a glimpse at how a young adult can protect his or her best interests during the divorce process in New Jersey.
For starters, review the prenuptial agreement, if one exists. This agreement, which would have been signed before the marriage, typically spells out how assets and even debts should be divided in the event of a subsequent divorce. If there is no prenup issues such as property division, child custody, alimony and child support can be addressed through negotiation or mediation, for example.
It will also help to identify what matters most to each spouse in the divorce proceeding. For instance, perhaps one spouse prefers to keep the marital home over anything else, while the other cares more about liquid assets than real estate. Either way, keeping the focus on what one values the most, and perhaps trading them for assets of equal value, may help keep the proceedings on track. This approach as opposed to fighting over every last single item of property can help to save time and avoid unnecessary conflict.
Going through a New Jersey divorce can be a challenging process. However, arriving at a mutually satisfactory settlement outside of court may make the proceeding easier for both parties. Otherwise, a judge will have to make the final decisions regarding asset division and other family law issues. Either way, an attorney will push for the best outcome for his or her client given the circumstances.