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End of a marriage could come sooner in one state

Reaching the decision to end a marriage is never an easy process. In fact, many couples in New Jersey and across the nation spend months or even years contemplating their relationship prior to filing for divorce. The end of a marriage is never an outcome that a spouse hoped for. That said, once the decision to divorce has been made, both parties are usually eager to move through the process and begin rebuilding their lives as individuals.

Lengthy mandatory waiting periods pose a significant obstacle to that goal. Each state has a different set of rules and requirements when it comes to filing for and finalizing a divorce. However, some states impose lengthy waiting periods before a divorce can be made final. That leaves couples in a state of legal limbo as they wait for the clock to run out.

One state recently changed an existing law that required couples to wait a period of two years before finalizing their divorce. Now, couples only have to wait a 12 month period between filing and finalizing. That provides plenty of time to work through child custody and property division issues, while also avoiding an excessive waiting period.

For New Jersey couples who are considering relocating to a new state of residence, it is important to take the time to research current divorce law in the new location. This is especially true for couples who are experiencing turmoil in their relationship, and for whom the divorce may one day be a pressing concern. Understanding how different state handles the end of a marriage can help avoid a nasty surprise if divorce is unavoidable.

Source: pennlive.com, "Shorter waiting period for no-fault divorces takes effect in Pennsylvania", Wallace McKelvey, Dec. 2, 2016

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