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Pitfalls of Handling Your Own New Jersey Divorce

A New Jersey divorce can be messy, even with a lawyer. Every year, hundreds of couples in the State of New Jersey attempt to divorce without a lawyer. The promise of an inexpensive, easy, and fast New Jersey divorce often entices NJ couples to attempt to go online and handle their New Jersey divorce pro se (without counsel). Unfortunately, while it may seem simple at first, a do-it-yourself divorce usually ends up costing far more in the long run.

Filing for New Jersey divorce without a lawyer is an approach that can have both short and long term negative implications, whose costs far outweigh any potential benefits. These costs can cause financial harm to both you and your family in a number of ways. Examples include:

  • Failure to deal with the issue of life insurance as security for child support payment obligations can be costly. If the paying parent passes away without life insurance, this lack of protection can lead to financial hardship.
  • Accidentally mislabeling custody in your agreement as shared legal custody instead of joint legal custody can be damaging. The difference between these two custody types is dramatic.
  • Failure to request the resumption of your maiden name at the time of the divorce can cost you time and money in post-divorce name change applications.
  • Mishandling the distribution of a retirement account can result in significant penalties and ordinary income taxes that a New Jersey divorce lawyer can help you avoid.
  • And more

If you and your spouse can amicably resolve your own issues and are aware of what assets and liabilities exist, there are ways to keep your costs and New Jersey divorce attorney fees to a minimum while still receiving vital legal protection for you and your family. The New Jersey divorce and family law attorneys at Weinberger Divorce & Family Law Group, LLC understand that not all New Jersey couples need extensive legal counsel when divorcing and that an uncontested divorce may be the right solution for you.

New Jersey uncontested divorces between amicable spouses can often be handled quickly and efficiently with minimal legal assistance. Yet even a simple and amicable divorce can benefit greatly from the experience and guidance of a trusted New Jersey divorce attorney. At Weinberger Divorce & Family Law Group, LLC, our New Jersey divorce attorneys will:

  • Carefully and skillfully negotiate an agreement for you
  • Assist you in deciding important New Jersey divorce matters, such as alimony and child support
  • Prepare your divorce documents and agreements
  • Be a legal advocate for your rights and your family's rights
  • Assist you throughout the {NJ divorce process} in an efficient and cost-effective manner
  • And more