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Settlement Agreements Can Offer an Alternative to a Formal Divorce in New Jersey

Divorce is not the only option for ending a marriage in Monmouth County. For some couples, legal separation can be a much better option, allowing them to take steps towards divorce without compromising certain benefits, religious beliefs, and/or other important matters. Unlike most other states, New Jersey does not have a formal process or specific laws regarding legal separation. Instead, ex-spouses will need to go another route if they want to legally separate in Monmouth County.

Whether you need advice about legal separation or it’s time to move forward with the process of legally ending your marriage, the Red Bank divorce lawyers at Dwyer, Bachman, Newman & Solop Attorneys at Law are here to help. We have extensive experience developing settlement agreements and representing clients in dissolution cases. We are ready to explain your rights, protect your interests, and help you achieve your objectives.

Settlement Agreements

Developing a settlement agreement is the route for exes who want to pursue a legal separation, rather than a divorce. With this option, exes will:

  • Devise a formal, written document: This legally binding agreement will detail how matters like property division, support payments, and/or child custody will be handled between the separating couple. This is no different than what a divorce agreement would look like; however, it is not created as part of the official divorce process, so it will not dissolve the marriage in the eyes of the law. Instead, it provides a means for couples to separate financially and legally while still maintaining a married status.
  • Be able to legally enforce the settlement agreement in court: When properly devised and executed, settlement agreements will be backed by the weight of the law. That means that both parties will have the right to take the other to court for alleged violations of these agreements.

With settlement agreements in New Jersey, it is essential to understand that:

  • The courts do not need to be involved in creating these agreements.
  • Negotiations to develop and finalize a settlement agreement can take months to work out.
  • Same-sex couples who are in civil unions have the same rights and options as heterosexual spouses when it comes to developing settlement agreements as an alternative to divorce.
  • All marital issues that would come up in a divorce case must be addressed in the settlement agreement.

In light of these facts, the oversight and counsel of an attorney can be crucial when it’s time to devise and/or enforce a settlement agreement in Monmouth County.

Benefits of Settlement Agreements in Monmouth County, NJ

When couples are not ready to officially end a marriage with divorce, a settlement agreement provides several advantages, such as (but not limited to):

  • The preservation of insurance coverage: If coverage for one partner is provided under a spouse’s policy and that coverage hinges on the “married” status, a settlement agreement can protect that coverage while providing financial and legal separations between exes.
  • The ability to honor religious or spiritual beliefs: When divorce violates someone’s beliefs, establishing a settlement agreement can be an effective way to legally separate from a spouse without getting a divorce.
  • The basis for an expedited divorce case: If exes decide at any point that they want to proceed with dissolution, a settlement agreement can give them the foundation for an uncontested divorce case (as long as both parties still agree on the terms set forth in the original settlement agreement).
  • The option to void the agreement: If exes reunite and decide to stay married, they can have the flexibility to terminate a settlement agreement and proceed with the marriage.

Get More Answers & Experienced Advocacy from a Top-Rated Monmouth County Divorce & Legal Separation Lawyer: Contact Us

When it comes to legal separation and divorce in Monmouth County, don’t compromise your rights or financial future by trying to figure it out alone. Make sure you have an experienced attorney in your corner, helping you make the best choices while protecting your rights. Make sure you have a 5-star Red Bank divorce lawyer from Dwyer, Bachman, Newman & Solop Attorneys at Law on your side.

Call (732) 431-0150 or contact us online now for the advice and advocacy you need as you figure out the next steps.

As a highly respected, boutique family law firm, we specialize in divorce cases, and our trusted Red Bank lawyers have more than a century of combined family law experience. That has empowered us with a deep understanding of the law, the best strategies to use in dissolution cases, and the skills to be highly effective advocates for our clients in and after divorce. It’s also how we continue to help our clients, time and again, with all critical aspects of their cases, including (but not limited to):

  • Anticipating and overcoming the challenges of their case
  • Balancing their emotional and financial needs
  • Identifying out the best strategies and course(s) of action at each phase of the case
  • Asserting and safeguarding their rights in and outside the courtroom
  • Crafting the strongest possible divorce cases while setting them up for the best possible resolution

Ultimately, our goal is to help you protect what matters most while bringing your case to a favorable resolution. From offices based in Red Banks and Old Bridge Township, our family lawyers are proud to provide the highest-quality representation to clients throughout Monmouth County.

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