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Divorce in Somerset County, NJ

Ready to Protect Your Rights & Best Interests

At DeTommaso Law Group, we understand the complexities and sensitivities involved in divorce proceedings. As your trusted Somerset County divorce lawyers, we are dedicated to guiding you through every step of the process with compassion, expertise, and personalized attention. 

Our team prioritizes your needs and goals, working tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome for you and your family. With our comprehensive legal knowledge and unwavering commitment to advocacy, you can trust us to navigate the challenges of divorce proceedings with skill and integrity.

Here are several benefits of hiring our Somerset County divorce lawyers for your divorce:

  • Legal Expertise and Guidance: When you choose us, you gain access to our extensive legal knowledge and experience in handling divorce cases in Somerset County. We understand the intricacies of New Jersey divorce laws and can provide you with tailored advice based on the specifics of your situation.
  • Objective Perspective: Our team offers a neutral and objective viewpoint during what can be an emotionally charged process. We guide you through decisions by considering both the legal implications and the best possible outcomes for your unique circumstances.
  • Strategic Approach: We strategize and plan the best course of action for your case. Whether negotiating settlements or representing you in court, our team works to protect your rights and achieve favorable results regarding property division, child custody, support agreements, and more.
  • Efficiency and Timeliness: Dealing with a divorce can be time-consuming and complex. We streamline the process, ensuring that paperwork is filed correctly and promptly, adhering to deadlines, and avoiding unnecessary delays.
  • Emotional Support: We provide not just legal guidance but also emotional support during this challenging time. We listen to your concerns, offer reassurance, and guide you through the process with compassion and understanding.
  • Conflict Resolution: In cases of disputes or disagreements, we act as mediators, striving for amicable solutions whenever possible. Our goal is to minimize conflict and facilitate fair agreements that serve your best interests.
  • Court Representation: If your case goes to court, our skilled attorneys represent you effectively. We advocate on your behalf, presenting your case professionally and persuasively to secure the most favorable outcome.
  • Comprehensive Services: Beyond divorce proceedings, we provide comprehensive legal services, including assistance with post-divorce modifications, enforcement of court orders, and any other related legal matters that may arise.

New Jersey Divorce Laws

New Jersey allows for both fault-based and no-fault divorces. No-fault divorces are commonly based on irreconcilable differences, where spouses have experienced a breakdown in their marriage for at least six months, with no hope of reconciliation. Fault-based grounds might include adultery, abandonment, extreme cruelty, drug/alcohol addiction, or imprisonment.

To file for divorce in New Jersey, at least one spouse must have lived in the state for a minimum of one year before filing. There's a mandatory waiting period of at least six months from the time of filing for divorce until it can be finalized.

The divorce process typically starts with one spouse filing a Complaint for Divorce, which the other spouse must respond to. The parties then exchange information and may negotiate a settlement. If an agreement isn’t reached, the case may go to trial.

New Jersey encourages mediation and alternative dispute resolution methods to settle divorce issues before going to trial.

Contested vs. Uncontested Divorce in New Jersey

There are two main types of divorce in New Jersey: contested and uncontested divorce. 

A contested divorce occurs when spouses cannot agree on one or more significant issues related to their divorce, such as child custody, division of assets, alimony, or child support. On the other hand, an uncontested divorce occurs when both spouses agree on all the key issues related to their divorce.

In a contested divorce, the parties may engage in litigation and court proceedings to resolve the issues. This often involves legal representation, hearings, and potentially a trial where a judge makes decisions on the unresolved matters.

Contested divorces typically take longer to resolve due to the need for court involvement, legal proceedings, and potential negotiations or trials. They may also involve higher legal fees due to increased time and resources spent on the case.

In an uncontested divorce, both spouses work together to reach a mutually acceptable agreement on all aspects of the divorce. This agreement is usually documented in a settlement agreement, which is then presented to the court for approval.

Uncontested divorces tend to be quicker and more cost-effective compared to contested divorces. Since there is no need for court battles or extensive negotiations, the process can be streamlined. However, the timeline can still vary based on court schedules and the completeness of the agreement.

Client Testimonials

Real Clients. Real Results.

At DeTommaso Law Group, LLC, your satisfaction is our priority! See for yourself what our clients have to say about working with us.

  • “She was professional yet kind during a time that was difficult for me.”
    “Katrina always responded quickly and always had my best interest at hand. She was professional yet kind during a time that was difficult for me. I would highly recommend Katrina and the DeTommaso Law Group.”
    - Stephanie
  • “An Expert Who Is Professional, Personable and Responsive”
    “John Hays is an excellent lawyer and importantly also an excellent person. If you want a lawyer who can provide you with confidence and comfort during what can be trying times...look no further than John Hays.”
    - Matt
  • “I couldn't have picked a better partner for the process”
    “The DeTommaso Law Group recently helped to bring my divorce to a close, and I couldn't have picked a better partner for the process. For such a stressful and emotional event, I can't recommend DeTommaso Law Group enough as your partner in the process.”
    - Ryan
  • “Their honesty, patience, and communication style were something we both needed to ensure the best outcome given the circumstances.”
    Joseph Freda & Nicole Tigeleiro of DeTommaso Law Group, LLC were the absolute best to work with. They helped my husband and me to navigate through a cohabitation case and were a pleasure to work with from Day 1. Their honesty, patience, and communication style were something we both needed to ensure the best outcome given the circumstances. We highly recommend their services.
    - Louise
  • “Professional and Highly Recommended!”
    I started working with Joe Freda when I needed an attorney for custody and parenting time. Joe is so easy to talk to and has always explained everything clearly. He has always thought about what will be in my child's best interest. Joe continues to be easily accessible by phone or email when I need a question answered. I even followed Joe when he switched firms.! If anyone is looking for a knowledgeable family lawyer, then go with Joe.
    - Christine C.
  • “Throughout the process, this team chipped away and kept me informed, communicating clearly and regularly with me while listening to me with empathy and patience.”
    “To have had such pros in my court was truly a gift. Without my attorneys, I don’t think I could have won my case. I give them credit for getting a resolution and helping me move on so I can rebuild my life.”
    - Dean
  • “Greg Passler provides top representation regarding child’s best interest”
    After frustrating lack of results from another law firm, I was recommended to Mr. Passler and have since been able to sleep at night knowing he is intimately vested in our cause for our daughter. My case was not a divorce but about a parenting schedule, adversarial violations and safety and well-being issues for our special needs child. This law firm will stand up for your rights in a strategic and comprehensive manner. Mr. Passler is highly intelligent and experienced, and professional and courteous. You can be confident you will get impactful representation.
    - Vera
  • “Very knowledgeable, supportive, and accommodating throughout our time working together. Michael was always efficient and responsive.”
    “Very knowledgeable, supportive, and accommodating throughout our time working together. Michael was always efficient and responsive.”
    - Jessica

Why Choose DeTommaso Law Group, LLC?

What Makes Us Different
  • Over 125 Years of Combined Experience
    At DeTommaso Law Group, LLC, we believe that every client deserves unwavering support and a fearless advocate in their corner. We understand the emotional and legal challenges that families face during times of crisis, and we are committed to providing them with the strong, determined representation they deserve.
  • Strategic & Aggressive Legal Counsel
    Our team of experienced family law attorneys possesses extensive knowledge in the field. We stay up-to-date with the latest legal developments to ensure that we provide the most effective strategies and guidance to our clients. Our deep understanding of family law empowers us to navigate complex legal processes and provide insightful advice.
  • Results-Focused Approach to Every Case
    We recognize that no two family law cases are the same. We tailor our approach to each client's specific needs and goals. By understanding their unique circumstances, we can develop personalized strategies that protect their interests and safeguard their rights.
  • Fearless Advocacy & Representation
    We refuse to back down when it comes to fighting for our client's rights. We are not afraid to take on challenging cases or confront difficult opponents. Our unwavering commitment to our clients drives us to explore every legal avenue and utilize our expertise to secure the best possible outcomes.