How long do you have to be separated before divorce in NJ?
18 monthsYou do not need to be separated from your spouse to file for divorce in New Jersey, unless you want to base your divorce on the fact that you are separated from one another. If that is the case, you need to be living separate and apart for at least 18 months before you can file and you would file based upon separation.
Can you file for divorce in NJ without a lawyer?
In New Jersey, an uncontested divorce can be filed without an Attorney. Filing for an uncontested divorce in New Jersey and obtaining a final judgment of divorce is much simpler, less expensive and less stressful than filing for a contested divorce, because a contested divorce requires a trial before a judge.
What if you want a divorce but don’t know where your spouse is?
But, if after you've made diligent efforts to locate your spouse and can't find him/her, you can ask the court for an Order of Notice by Publication. This means that you must run a notice of your intent to divorce your spouse in a newspaper near the area of the spouse's last known whereabouts.
What states require legal separation before divorce?
Four states (Delaware, Illinois, Vermont, and Virginia) require six-month waiting periods before couples can receive divorce decrees. Maryland and Nevada require one-year waiting periods before allowing couples to file divorce. North Carolina requires one year of separation before allowing a couple to file divorce.