Divorce lawyers know all too well that Divorces in Jersey City and beyond can drag on much longer than you may have hoped. This can be for a variety of reasons but even though you may be approaching the “finish line” now is not the time to forget all you have been through and how many more years you may have to deal with your former spouse. Instead of trying to rush it at this point of the marathon, take the time to work with your divorce attorney to narrow down the issue that will or could remain after the divorce is over. For example, if you and your spouse own property and the property will be sold sometime in the future, you will need language about who will be in charge of the ongoing responsibilities, ongoing costs, repairs, collection of rents, which costs will be accounted for when the property is sold to determine a true net value and so forth. The more detailed your marital settlement agreement is, the better off you will be.
Aside from asset and financial concerns, if you have children, you and your former spouse will be locked in for a long time. The more detailed your marital settlement agreement is with respect to child custody and parenting time, the less stress you will have trying to fill in the details of a weak or lacking marital settlement agreement. Things such as how much parenting time and where one party can travel to without permission will prevent needless future litigation and abuse of the system. For example, Forcing a spouse to have to go to court every time they seek to leave the State would be a waste of energy and financial resources. Also, if certain expenses have increased or you expect them to increase (daycare, private school, etc), plan for a percentage increase in child support or exchange financial information every 2-3 years to make sure child support is accurate. $200 per week in year one is not the same as $200 per week in year 10 with the price of goods and services consistently on the rise. Some marital settlement agreements include provisions that the parties must use mediation before the filing of a motion in the future but this can work against you because it takes time and money to mediate an issue and in the end, you may not reach an agreement but still have a mediation bill to pay and now, a motion/attorney fee to pay to seek the relief that has just been delayed again.
In the end, it is important to remember that divorce litigation and family law litigation can be viewed as a marathon and not a sprint. As you approach that finish line it is important to keep pressing as hard as you can to finish effort with that final push. If you have a family law or divorce case in Jersey City-Hudson County NJ, contact my team at the Artusa Law Firm of Jersey City on 201-706-7910 to discuss your options. There is no fee for an initial consultation in our Jersey City Office.