Getting Divorced if Your Spouse Lives in Another State

As an experienced New Jersey Divorce Attorney, I often speak to clients about getting divorced when their spouse lives in another state.

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  • Whether you know where the person is, the answer is, “Yes, you can.” In such cases, New Jersey uses a process referred to as a default judgment.
  • The challenge is service. The summons and complaint must be given to the individual to inform them that you have initiated the divorce process and assure the New Jersey judge that the appropriate documents were properly served and the absentee individual will not be taking part in the process.
  • The divorce process requires only one side. Your spouse cannot stop you from divorcing them, but if they live in another state, you may spend more money to retain counsel and find them.

Ultimately, service will be accomplished and/or a judgment of divorce will be entered.

Does your spouse live in another state, and you want to file for divorce? Contact dedicated New Jersey Divorce Attorney Christopher Leon Garibian for representation..

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