Married couples in New Jersey going through a divorce should understand that the process itself is much more than just legal. Many matters are emotional.
If you have children, you and your spouse will have to determine how to share parenting time. Unless there are valid reasons why one of you shouldn’t have equal rights to your kids, you can expect to be awarded joint physical custody during your divorce. Although your marriage is coming to an end, you will both want to continue being there for your children. Deciding on parenting time and coming up with a co-parenting plan that works well for both of you as well as the kids is important for their emotional well-being. You might not have a standard 50/50 split, but you will have something that fits. Working with a divorce coach can help.
Division of assets and debts
As part of your divorce, you will have to determine how assets and debts are divided between you and your spouse. You might need the help of a professional to determine how everything should be split if you cannot agree. However, the judge could determine the division of assets and debt if your divorce is contentious.
Determining spousal and child support
Alimony and child support are calculated through your income and that of your estranged spouse. Whoever has the lower income generally receives that support as a way to ensure that their financial needs and those of the children are comparable to the way they were during the marriage.
If you and your spouse are able to work together during your divorce, you might want to consider mediation or collaborative divorce. They’re good alternatives to the traditional courtroom battle.