How to self-advocate during property division in divorce

On Behalf of | Jun 19, 2024 | DIVORCE - Property Division |

Going through a divorce can be challenging, especially when it comes to dividing property in New Jersey. Understanding how to advocate for yourself is essential to ensure a fair outcome.

Understand your assets and debts

A first step for property division is to understand your current asset and debt list. Start by making a detailed list of all your assets and debts. Include everything from real estate and vehicles to bank accounts and credit card balances. Knowing what you own and owe will help you negotiate better.

Gather necessary documentation

Collect all relevant documents, such as property deeds, bank statements, and loan agreements. These documents will provide evidence of ownership and value, making it easier to divide assets fairly.

Know New Jersey’s property division laws

New Jersey follows equitable distribution laws for divorce, which means the court aims to divide property fairly, not necessarily equally. Familiarize yourself with these laws to understand your entitlements and prepare your case accordingly.

Set clear priorities

Determine which assets are most important to you. Decide what you are willing to negotiate on and what you want to keep. Setting clear priorities will help you focus on what matters most during negotiations.

Communicate effectively

During discussions, stay calm and clear about your needs and concerns. Effective communication can help avoid misunderstandings and lead to a more amicable resolution. Be assertive but respectful in expressing your viewpoint.

Self-advocacy helps ensure a fair outcome

Self-advocacy can help ensure a fair outcome for your divorce. You may want to also consider legal guidance depending on your circumstance and if you run into issues during the property division process.