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What "Maintaining The Status Quo" Means In a NJ Divorce

In New Jersey, one important concept to understand is the idea of maintaining the status quo during the divorce process.

Essentially, this means that the goal of the judge during the pendency of the case is to preserve the existing state of affairs as much as possible until the divorce is finalized.

Why is this important?

Essentially, the goal of maintaining the status quo is to minimize disruption and upheaval during the divorce process.

If one spouse were to make significant changes to their life or financial situation during the case, it could have significant implications for the divorce settlement.

For example, if one spouse were to quit their job, sell a valuable asset, or move out of the family home, this could affect how property is divided or spousal support is calculated.

By maintaining the status quo, the judge is attempting to create a stable and predictable environment for both parties until the divorce is finalized.

This can help to reduce tension and conflict during a time when emotions are often running high.

It can also provide a sense of continuity for children, who may be struggling to adjust to the idea of their parents getting divorced.

So, what does it mean to maintain the status quo during a divorce in New Jersey?

Essentially, it means that both spouses are expected to continue living their lives as they did before the divorce proceedings began.

They should continue to pay bills, maintain the family home, and make decisions regarding their children together as much as possible.

It's worth noting that maintaining the status quo doesn't mean that both parties are required to stay in the same house throughout the divorce proceedings.

In some cases, living together may be too challenging, and one spouse may need to move out temporarily.

However, sometimes changes to the living situation should be discussed with the other party and the court beforehand, to ensure that both parties' rights are protected.

It's important to remember that maintaining the status quo is not just a suggestion - it's an expectation that the court will enforce.

If one spouse violates the status quo (for example, by selling a valuable asset without the court's permission), they may face legal consequences.

This is why it's crucial to have a clear understanding of the status quo and to work with an experienced divorce attorney who can help guide you through the process.

In conclusion, maintaining the status quo during a divorce in New Jersey is an essential concept to understand.

By preserving the existing state of affairs as much as possible until the divorce is finalized, the court is attempting to create a stable and predictable environment for both parties.



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