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Alternative Methods for Resolving Divorce

Weighing the Pros & Cons of Each

For all divorcing couples in New Jersey, it all begins and ends the same. That is, all divorcing couples in New Jersey begin at Point A by filing a complaint with the superior court and eventually get to Point B by obtaining a divorce judgment.

But to get from the filing to the judgment, divorcing couples have several options.

Divorce in New Jersey: Getting From Point A to Point B

In New Jersey, what lies between Point A and Point B is how the agreement between divorcing spouses is crafted, the agreement that covers life issues like child support, property division, and alimony, for example.

If you think one of these processes can help you in your divorce, contact the skilled attorneys at the Law Office of Steven P. Monaghan, LLC.

How Each Divorce Method Compares

Each method has distinct advantages and disadvantages, and every divorce situation will have different needs. Therefore, no one divorce method is the right one in all situations.

Below are the four methods and some of the advantages and disadvantages of each:

Divorce Method Advantages Disadvantages
  • Allows the parties to secure immediate court orders, which can be important in preserving assets, or in securing the custody of children
  • Allows the parties to conduct discovery, and secure information that is important for the case
  • Is an adversarial situation
  • When tried in court, the details of the divorce become a part of the public record
  • Allows the parties to focus on solutions together
  • It can save attorney's fees by getting to a solution much faster than through the litigation
  • Not useful if the divorcing spouses are adversarial and cannot work together to come to a mutually beneficial agreement
Collaborative Law
  • Allows the parties to work together to find a collective decision
  • Saves money
  • Limits the amount of stress that spouses and their children experience
  • Not useful if the divorcing spouses are adversarial and cannot work together to come to a mutually beneficial agreement
Binding Arbitration
  • Helps reach an agreement when the spouses cannot agree between themselves
  • The spouses must agree ahead of time that they will accept the agreement crafted by the arbitrator

Why Hire Attorney Steven P. Monaghan?

Not only does Steven have 60+ years of combined experience and a passion for protecting his clients, but he has also been certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey for matrimonial law.

Among family law judges, Mr. Monaghan has earned a fine reputation as a skilled mediator and arbitrator, having been appointed by them more than 275 times to mediate high-conflict divorce cases. Attorney Monaghan pioneered collaborative law in New Jersey, being a founding member in 2005 of the Jersey Shore Collaborative Law Group.

How Our Firm Works With You

In handling your case, we first consider your unique situation so we can advise you on the best divorce route for your family's needs. No matter what route that is, the attorneys of the Law Office of Steven P. Monaghan, LLC have the experience and knowledge to represent you well, protecting your interest.

At the Law Office of Steven P. Monaghan, LLC, our Monmouth County attorneys are ready to provide the guidance and assistance you need. To schedule your free initial consultation, call today at (732) 624-6343.

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