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Divorce in New Jersey: A Self-Help Guide


The new edition of Divorce in New Jersey: A Self-Help Guide explains how to file for divorce or dissolve a civil union in New Jersey. You may read the instructions for filing for divorce or dissolution below. The forms and letters for filing are available in the print and PDF editions of the manual, available for purchase. If you qualify based on income, you may be eligible for a copy at no charge.

Please go to LSNJ's on-line store for all ordering options, including qualifying for a free copy.


  • A. Preface

  • B. Introduction

  • C. Chapter 1 - Preparing and Filing the Divorce Complaint

  • D. Chapter 2 - Serving the Divorce Complaint

  • E. Chapter 3 - After Serving the Divorce Complaint

  • F. Chapter 4 - Getting a Default Judgment

  • G. Chapter 5 - Going to Court When the Defendant Is Not in Default

  • H. Chapter 6 - Issues After Final Judgment

  • I. Conclusion and Reminder

  • J. Glossary

  • K. County Sheriff's Offices


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