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Divorce can be tricky when marital home is involved

Sometimes a New Jersey marriage does not work out, and one party ends up no longer living in the marital home. In this situation, the parties might have to sell the home or otherwise divide the property. A few tips may help make a divorce proceeding that involves addressing a marital home as smooth as possible.

A person may leave the marital home with what he or she considers to be the most important items at the time, while the other party remains in the home. In this case, it is wise for the person who has left the house to avoid harassing the remaining spouse with constant demands for items he or she forgot to get. Remaining amicable and avoiding arguing can go a long way in helping the parties reach a mutually satisfactory settlement.

In addition, if the person who left the house wants a particular furniture piece from the residence, it is in his or her best interest to remove the piece from the house himself or herself. This allows the person to control the manner in which the furniture piece is moved. Thus, its chances of getting damaged will be reduced, which can further prevent animosity between the divorcing couple.

No part of getting divorced is easy, but appropriate legal guidance in New Jersey can help people to fight for their best interests when dealing with the division of a marital home. Divorce mediation or direct negotiations can help a couple to avoid litigation, which can be a lengthier and more costly process. However, if the couple cannot achieve an acceptable settlement, a judge will have to make important decisions for them regarding their marital property.

Source: goodmenproject.com, "Going Through a Divorce? 5 Tips for Taking Care of Houses and Stuff When You Split", Tessa G., Oct. 10, 2016

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