Divorce: How to Begin

Divorce is stressful for everyone involved. Aretsky Law Group understands how difficult it is and our experienced New Jersey family lawyers are dedicated to getting you through the process with as little anxiety as possible. To that end, we are available by phone 24/7.

If you are contemplating divorce or separation or if your spouse has initiated the process, we offer a free initial consultation. There are a few basic steps you should take to help you get started on the right track.

Step No. 1: Choose a New Jersey Divorce and Family Law Attorney

Look for a lawyer with these characteristics:

  • Accessible 24/7;
  • Knowledgeable in New Jersey family law;
  • Compassionate;
  • Experienced in negotiation;
  • Skilled litigator; and
  • Willing to put your interests first.

Step No. 2: Gather Your Documents

Think about the issues you want your attorney to address and gather all pertinent documents. The following are a few sample documents that would be helpful:

  • Tax returns, pay stubs, and other financial documents;
  • Credit-card statements;
  • Court orders; and
  • Pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements.

A list of suggested documents can be found on our Initial Consultation page.

Step No. 3: Schedule a Free Initial Consultation

Call 24/7 to schedule a free initial consultation.

  • Use this time to better understand your options.
  • You will learn about the procedures involved and the decisions that will have to be made.

Read our Initial Consultation page to get the most out of the meeting.

Step No. 4: Establish an Attorney-Client Relationship

In order for a New Jersey divorce or family law attorney to represent you, you must first establish an attorney-client relationship. This is accomplished by signing a legal document known as a retainer agreement and by paying a retainer fee.

Once the retainer agreement is signed and the retainer fee is paid, we can legally begin to work on your case.

To learn more about our specific practice areas, such as parenting issues, property settlements, domestic violence, and other family law matters, please click on one of the links below.

Remember, we are on your side and are here to make this process as stress free as possible.