Divorce FAQ

Your Divorce Questions Answered

If you are facing a divorce, you likely have many questions about the process and concerns about your future. At Steven A. Garner, Attorney At Law, I work with you one-on-one to address and resolve all divorce-related issues.

The following are some of the questions that my divorce clients frequently ask:

Do I Need To Hire A Divorce Attorney?

Divorce is a complicated legal process and decisions made during the course of your divorce will impact you personally and financially for years to come. As your divorce lawyer, I will provide the information and insight you need to understand the potential benefits and consequences of every decision so you can make informed decisions about your future. At all times, I have your best interests in mind, and I am committed to helping you obtain a divorce settlement that provides for current and future financial security.

How Is Marital Property Divided In New Jersey?

New Jersey is an equitable distribution state. The term, equitable, however, can be misleading. In divorce matters, the goal of equitable distribution is to ensure that marital assets and property are divided in a fair, and not necessarily equal, manner. To accomplish this, there are a number of factors that must be considered and weighed. As your attorney, I will work hard to secure a divorce settlement that achieves your financial goals.

How Do The New Jersey Family Courts Determine Child Custody?

In all child custody and visitation matters, the best interests of the child must be considered. When possible and appropriate, New Jersey family courts favor some type of joint custody arrangement. Factors that the courts consider include: the child’s age, child’s relationship with each parent, each parent’s ability to provide for a child’s needs, each parent’s ability to provide a stable home environment, a child’s and each parent’s physical and mental health, and whether or not there is a history of domestic abuse or violence.

Will I Receive Or Be Forced To Pay Spousal Support/Alimony?

Marriage is about compromise and spouses often take on different roles to fulfill the many obligations that come with raising children and running a household. In many marriages, one spouse is considered the breadwinner and earns more income. When a couple divorces the economically disadvantaged spouse may choose to petition for spousal support or alimony. In New Jersey, there are five different types of alimony that may be awarded. As your attorney, I will represent your financial interests in all alimony matters.

Get The Legal Help And Advice You Need Today

If you are planning to file for divorce or recently learned that your spouse filed for divorce, call my law office at 732-410-7623 or contact me online. I represent clients throughout Somerset, Middlesex and Hunterdon Counties. I will help you successfully navigate through and beyond the divorce process.