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Secret Consultation with Divorce Lawyer
I want to talk to a divorce lawyer but I don't want my spouse to find out, what do I do?
Answer. Any consultation with a divorce lawyer is confidential and is part of attorney/client relationship. You can call the lawyer to set up a first appointment and tell the person who makes the appointment that you will call back to confirm and that they are NOT to call you. Also when you meet with the lawyer tell him/her not to send you any mail to your home. Most spouses open a post office box in a nearby town (not in their town) in their own name and use this post office box to facilitate communication with an lawyer by mail. In most cases you can, with some advanced planning, keep your involvement with a divorce lawyer a secret until you file for divorce.
New Jersey is an equitable distribution state, meaning that the division of property in a divorce is to be done fairly, not necessarily equally. The court can take into consideration any factor it deems relevant when dividing property, but it must consider certain factors, such as how long the couple was married and the age and health of both spouses, the income or property brought to the marriage by each spouse, the standard of living that was achieved during the marriage, and the extent to which one spouse may have deferred career goals, among others.
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