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Experienced Attorney Handles High-Asset Divorces in the Wayne Area

New Jersey firm represents high-net-worth individuals in complex family law cases

If you are going through a divorce, you deserve an attorney who can properly handle your assets, your business interests and your real estate. At the Law Offices of James C. Zimmermann, we guide high-net-worth clients in New Jersey through all aspects of their divorce cases from our offices in Wayne, Vernon and Pompton Lakes. Since 1991, we have been helping people find solutions in even the most complex legal situations. James C. Zimmermann has both the knowledge and experience necessary to protect your assets and your family in issues including property division, alimony, child support and child custody.

How does divorce work under New Jersey’s laws?

To divorce in New Jersey, at least one spouse must have lived in the state for a year. In order to start a divorce case, your family law attorney will file paperwork in the appropriate court and notify your spouse. There are three ways to file depending on your reason for seeking a divorce:

  • Fault grounds. You can divorce by alleging and proving that your spouse has deserted you, treated you cruelly, been unfaithful or met any of the state’s other acceptable grounds for divorce.
  • No-fault. In these cases, one spouse must allege that there are irreconcilable differences that make it impossible to continue the marriage.
  • Separation. If you and your spouse have lived apart for at least 18 months and reconciliation is not a possibility, a court can grant a divorce.

Any type of divorce can be uncontested, meaning the parties agree on all important issues, or contested, meaning the parties disagree about whether to divorce or how to do so. In either situation, you need the assistance of an attorney who can help you manage the division of assets and other financial issues.

What is involved in a high-asset divorce?

Divorces can become more complicated when there are many assets involved. In the most complex situations, however, it is the nature of the assets that presents the real challenge. When either spouse owns or has a majority interest in a business, that holding can be difficult to split. Investments, retirement accounts, the marital home and other real estate are all assets that must be dealt with on a case-by-case basis by an attorney with the experience and skill to do so.

How do complex assets change the divorce process?

When dividing up a family’s assets, the parties can either work together to create an arrangement that works for everyone or leave those decisions up to a judge. The same is true for spousal support, also known as alimony. When there are sophisticated or large assets involved, it often makes sense for the parties to work together to create an agreement that benefits everyone. Depending on how negotiations go, this process can move quickly or take some time. When the parties are unable to agree, James C. Zimmermann is prepared to decisively litigate your interests in court. We also work with couples seeking to prevent issues in the future by creating prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.

Trust a New Jersey attorney with experience handling high-value divorce cases

When high-value assets are on the line, you need discreet and knowledgeable representation from an attorney who is a formidable presence inside the courtroom. At the Law Offices of James C. Zimmermann, you receive individualized treatment informed by years of experience. To schedule a no-cost initial consultation in Wayne, Vernon or Pompton Lakes, contact us online or call us at 973-764-1633.