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Bergen County Divorce Attorney

Fighting to Protect Your Rights During Your Divorce

As experienced divorce lawyers in Bergen County, New Jersey, we work one-on-one with clients to offer compassionate and respectful legal counsel. We know that this is a difficult time, and we can provide the resources and the support system you need to make sure your divorce is handled as smoothly as possible.

Reasons To Choose Us:

  • We have more than 60 years of collective legal experience.
  • We offer a free, private initial consultation.
  • We offer evening appointments, if necessary.
  • We promptly respond to our clients' questions and concerns.
  • We deliver client-focused representation.
  • We build customized agreements and case strategies.
  • We are highly respectable Bergen County divorce attorneys.

If you are considering a divorce, contact the Bergen County divorce lawyers at Sherwood & Johnson, LLC to for a FREE consultation!

What Are Grounds for Divorce in New Jersey?

There are several different grounds for divorce in New Jersey, but adultery is the only reason which can abrogate the requirement that either spouse must have been a resident of the state for at least one year before filing. On the other hand, no grounds are needed to qualify for a legal separation.

Unique Grounds for Divorce

Although fault may be used to file for a divorce, no-fault divorce is also an option, known as "irreconcilable differences" which were added to New Jersey’s divorce laws in 2007.

In addition to adultery, grounds for fault-based divorce include:

  • Desertion
  • Addiction
  • Institutionalization
  • Imprisonment
  • Deviant sexual conduct
  • Extreme cruelty

To file for divorce in the state, either of the spouses needs to have been a resident for at least a year before filing, unless the grounds for divorce is adultery. In such cases, the requirement is that at least one spouse must be a New Jersey resident for any length of time at all. If you have further questions about this, please do not hesitate to reach out to a Bergen County divorce lawyer from Sherwood & Johnson, LLC.

    We Proudly Offer Viable Alternatives

    Besides assisting our clients through contentious litigation and as Bergen County divorce lawyers, we pride ourselves in offering collaborative divorce and mediation services. Mediation is considered to be a more private and cost-effective route.

    As members of the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators, we have the training and skills to serve as your mediator and help you come to an agreement regarding matters such as high asset division, child support, alimony and spousal support, or other complex divorce matters.

    If you do not wish to legally divorce – due to religious reasons, for example – we can help you petition for a divorce from bed and board, or enter into a separation agreement with your spouse. Our Bergen County divorce attorney serves clients throughout New Jersey and is ready to guide you through this time. There are options available to you, no matter your story.

    Social Media and Divorce

    During divorce proceedings, if you are one of the many couples who cannot keep an amicable relationship, you are likely fighting for your rights to your children, property, and assets. When things are sincerely contentious between you and your ex-spouse, it makes sense you would perhaps turn to venting all of your frustrations on whichever social media platform you are most comfortable with. However, this brief moment can deter your divorce proceedings from their smooth course and result in consequences you won’t want to deal with down the line.

    If you post on social media about your divorce, it is very likely the judge will catch wind of this information. Posting negative, harassing, or defamatory comments about your ex-spouse will inevitably only make you look bad in the eyes of the court, and may even prove to show you as an unfit parent. Also, you must remember divorce is essentially about finances. If you are requesting alimony or denying being able to pay child support, yet you display living a lavish lifestyle, the judge will not be impressed by these displays.

    All of these factors and more can be used against you, which is why it is essential you are advised by a Bergen County divorce lawyer such as ours at Sherwood & Johnson, LLC.

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    Please contact us today to learn which option is right for you. Our Bergen County divorce attorneys offer FREE consultations!