Divorce (contested and uncontested) and equitable distribution of marital assets and debts: There are a number of legal reasons which permit the court to grant a divorce. With your attorney, you will decide the appropriate steps to pursue.
Mediation of family and divorce issues: Mediation is an attempt to settle a legal dispute through a process of give and take between parties. A mediator will attempt to resolve disputes by finding areas of agreement and seeking to reach a fair and equitable result for the involved parties.
Collaborative Law: Collaborative law is a process designed to resolve all issues relating to separation and divorce in a non-adversarial manner, without going to Court. By utilizing legal, financial and mental health professionals, parties are able to minimize negative emotional and financial consequences.
Child custody and child support matters, including enforcement: Custody agreements address both legal custody (the rights and responsibilities of each party) and physical custody (where the child will reside, their care, and the sharing of time between parents). Parents working together are in the best position to determine these issues, as they know and love their children. Litigation involving the children is usually contentious and often results in judicial determinations that neither parent is happy with. The best interests of the child are paramount, and our Courts believe that it is in the best interests of children to have as much exposure and contact with each parent as is possible.
College Expense Contribution: In New Jersey, our Courts will direct that both parents contribute to the costs of college, and also make a child responsible for some of their costs. This is a fact-sensitive issue, which will include discussions as to continuation of child support while a child is attending college.
Property Settlement Agreements: A Property Settlement Agreement is prepared to define the division of property, including assets and debts between divorcing spouses.
Prenuptial Agreements and Cohabitation agreements: People often wish to enter into pre-marital agreements before getting married if they have assets of value. Others wish not to get married but want to cohabit and enter into an agreement that outlines the cohabitants’ rights and obligations to one another and each others assets.
Post-Judgment/Alimony modification and Enforcement applications: Once a divorce has been entered, often issues arise relating to enforcement and modifications of the initial agreement between the parties.
Same-sex cohabitation issues, including Civil Union dissolution and Domestic Partnership termination: There are many rights that need to be protected as family relationships dissolve. Resolution of these issues can be incorporated into an agreement that will be protected and enforced by the Court.
Relocation involving children: Under New Jersey law, neither parent can remove a child permanently from the State without the other parents written consent or a Court Order.
Domestic Violence Proceedings: The Domestic Violence Act protects against abusive behavior, including assault, threats, stalking, and harassment. The Act protects married people, those who are living together, and those in dating type relationships.
Appeals in Divorce and Family Matters: When parties are dissatisfied with a final determination by a trial court, they have the right to appeal that decision for review by the upper level courts, which include the Appellate Division and the Supreme Court.