Arranged Indian Marriages and Divorce in NJ. Yes You Can. By Santo Artusa on June 02, 2020

Arranged Indian Marriage and Divorce in New Jersey

My name is Santo V. Artusa, Jr., Esq and as a New Jersey Divorce Lawyer in Jersey City, I have successfully represented many clients that had arranged marriages in the United States or in India, or other nations that sought a divorce or an annulment in New Jersey. The short of it is that even if you were married in India or the USA or elsewhere, you can obtain a divorce and go through the divorce process in NJ. Why I write about arranged Indian marriages is because of the intricacies involved in Indian marriages from the dowery, the engagement ring, to exchanging wedding gifts and wedding rings before, during and after the ceremony. It is important to know your legal rights with the timing of these gifts. We are skilled and experienced in these matters with local counsel in India as well who can help make the matter valid in India (when possible).

If you were to call my office about your divorce case, I would ask, have you told your spouse you want to file for divorce? Or that you are seeking an annulment? You do not have to tell him or her prior to our meeting, but I would like to know. I would also ask you what you are seeking from the divorce or annulment which would be great if you can tell me what your goals are so we can see what are realistic goals and legal, and which ones may not be in your favor, etc under New Jersey Divorce and Family Law.

At that point, or when you are ready, you would prepare the divorce complaint and or papers to obtain an annulment in New Jersey Superior Court in your county. I work statewide with heavy emphasis in Hudson County, Essex County, Middlesex County, Bergen County, Passaic County and Union County, NJ. In the divorce papers, we do not have to indicate anything to seek a fault divorce and can use generic grounds for divorce. However, if you seek to add fault, we can make a complaint adding adultery, extreme cruelty, etc. Again, with my experience with my Indian clients in New Jersey, I know how hard filing for a divorce is and I know that many clients have family support with whom I am happy to work with as well. We are here to help you get through this and strive.

Whether we go to trial before a family court judge on some or all of the issues, or we enter into a marital settlement agreement where all legal issues are disposed of, we are ready to work with you to obtain what you are seeking in your divorce or annulment in New Jersey. For a free consultation to discuss your legal options regarding this in full confidence on the phone, virtual meeting or in office, call us in our Jersey City or Passaic office on 973-337-9643 today.






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