TRIAL IN NEW JERSEY
THE NEW JERSEY DIVORCE GUIDE (2020)
The information set forth below is a detailed review of New Jersey divorce law with citations to relevant legal authorities, including statutes and case law. Of course, in the midst of a contentious divorce battle, an in-depth explanation of a specific issue may be critical. But would you like a more concise, introductory overview to the New Jersey divorce process? We have that too! Click below for a free, downloadable copy of the New Jersey Divorce Guide (2020).
There is no right to a jury trial in most divorce cases, although the right can be invoked in certain circumstances by combining your divorce case with personal injury or other civil claims.
The trial itself will consist of several distinct phases:
- Opening statements (optional);
- The plaintiff’s case, which will include introduction of evidence, direct testimony, cross-examination, and redirect testimony of witnesses;
- The defendant’s case, which will include introduction of evidence, direct testimony, cross-examination, and redirect testimony of witnesses; and
- Closing statements.
Afterward, the Court will weigh the evidence and testimony and render a decision on the issues presented.
The vast majority of New Jersey divorce cases will settle (perhaps 98% or more). If your case is one of the unfortunate few to make it all the way to trial, I strongly recommend hiring an experienced and aggressive New Jersey divorce lawyer to assist you.
Andrew M. Shaw, Esq. is the author of this New Jersey Divorce Guide and the founder of Shaw Divorce & Family Law LLC in Somerville, New Jersey.
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- American Bar Association - Family Law Section
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- Somerset County Family Law Practice Committee
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