Most people think of “divorce” as one big legal claim. But divorce is actually several different claims that are often lumped together. You may only need to make a simple claim for absolute divorce, severing the bonds of marriage between you and your spouse. But, most people who were married for a while have other equally important claims.
For example, Equitable Distribution is the process of dividing up your marital assets and liabilities. You need to bring an “ED” claim if you and your spouse bought property, gained assets, or took on debt during your marriage. Post-Separation Support (“PSS”) and Alimony are payments from a “Supporting Spouse” to a “Dependent Spouse” for a certain length of time after separation. If your spouse makes more than you, you may want to make an additional claim for “PSS” or Alimony. Finally, you and your spouse may have children under the age of 18 together. If so, you will have a Child Custody action and a Child Support claim on your hands as well.
Because there are so many moving parts to divorce, you should consult an attorney. Your lawyer can help you work out which claims to make and how to get the best results from each claim. Divorce can be a complicated process, but an experienced attorney can help you navigate it successfully and get your life back on track.