Once the accused has been served, they have thirty-five (35) days to respond or appear in general. An appearance (see example above) allows the defendant to accept the divorce, but challenges certain rights to the applicant`s discharge application (i.e., alimony, child care, real estate, etc.). If they have already sent the applicant confirmation of benefits (form 8), the form can serve as a general aspect. If the defendant presents such an appearance as defined above or files a response containing a counterclaim, the case becomes a contested divorce. If the defendant submits a reply without a counter-request, the case is uncontested and not late (the trial continues in stage 6 – No challenge / No default judgment). The accused may not answer at all or miss the 35-day window. In this case, the applicant can apply for a default judgment (see step 5 – default judgment). All forms (except “only court forms”) must be notified to the defendant so that he is aware that a divorce decision can be registered without their presence. The applicant must file all forms in court and prepare for the final judgment by default of divorce/dissolution (form 21). During the standard hearing, the applicant is asked to provide evidence to support his application for discharge (support, real estate, etc.). The judge will review all the evidence and, in some cases, hear the evidence of the accused (if they come forward and convince the judge, they should be heard). Once the judge has decided what relief to order, they will sign the final standard judgment of the divorce.

This signed document must be addressed to the defendant (if he did not participate in the oral proceedings) as well as to the letter addressed to the defendant – judgment by default of divorce/dissolution (form 21A). CONSIDERING that together we want to resolve all matters relating to our marital affairs, child custody and visitation, personal property and real estate and our finances; Creative solutions are also emerging and are secure in writing. If they stick to the example of Thanksgiving, parents may decide to share the long weekend, or, in turn, whoever the children have for the day itself, the other famous parent with the children for the rest of the weekend. In highly conflicting cases, the definition of pick-up trucks, drop-offs, even what makes a weekend – (it starts on Friday after school or Saturday morning?) can help make things happen for everyone once the agreement is in practice. In New Jersey, a spouse can file for a divorce without fail for two (2) reasons: separation or irreconcilable disputes. To file for divorce because of separation, the couple must have lived twelve (12) consecutive months in the state and have lived 18 (18) months before depositing in separate dwellings.