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A Different Kind Of Divorce: Your Options In New Jersey

As a Certified Matrimonial Law Attorney with over three decades of experience supporting clients throughout Bergen County, I understand the complexities of navigating divorce. While a complete divorce is often the chosen path, some couples may consider a limited divorce, also known as “divorce from bed and board.”

This option allows spouses to live separately while remaining legally married. They can achieve financial independence, divide assets and liabilities, and establish arrangements for child support, parenting time, insurance and inheritances.

Understanding The Nuances

It’s important to note that a limited divorce differs from a full divorce in critical ways. Most notably, it doesn’t dissolve the marital union, meaning neither spouse can legally remarry. However, it offers a structured framework for managing separate lives while addressing essential financial and family concerns.

Tailored Solutions For Your Needs

As the founder of Melinda L. Singer, Esquire, I work closely with clients to understand their unique circumstances and develop customized strategies for navigating a limited divorce and other family law challenges. I offer comprehensive guidance on the legal process, potential outcomes and options for addressing matters such as:

  • Property division: Ensuring a fair and equitable distribution of assets and liabilities
  • Child support and parenting time: Establish arrangements that meet the children’s best interests
  • Financial independence: Defining separate financial responsibilities and ensuring financial security for both spouses
  • Insurance and inheritances: Reviewing and updating insurance policies and understanding inheritance rights in the context of a limited divorce

Divorce from Bed and Board can be a viable option for couples seeking separation and financial independence without dissolving their marriage. To determine if this path is right for you, schedule a consultation. I will provide personalized advice, answer your questions and help you make informed decisions about your future.

Divorce from Bed and Board has some other requirements. The Court enters a limited Judgment of Divorce, which means that it is not an absolute divorce.  That means that a person can’t remarry.

Many times couples will look to this Avenue relative to medical needs and health insurance coverage.

It completely depends on the insurance company as to whether they will continue to provide for health insurance with a spouse that has a Divorce from Bed and Board.  Some companies do, and some companies don’t.  It is extremely individual as to each company and the policies, as written by the corporate entity that is receiving the health insurance.

Therefore, while it is something that can be contemplated, it may not always be applicable to your situation.

Generally, couples utilize a Bed and Board Divorce when they want to have a situation where they are divorced, but then get an absolute divorce within a year or so.  The absolute divorce allows you greater rights in that you then may remarry, and the marital estate ends for all purposes.

Contact Melinda L. Singer, Esquire, In Hackensack

Call me today at 201-870-0826 or visit my online contact page to schedule an appointment. Let’s explore your options and find a solution that best fits your needs.