Divorce is an emotional and difficult experience for everyone involved, wife, husband, children, in-laws and other family members.
When representing divorce clients whether plaintiff or defendant, husband or wife, or in some instances the children, my goal is to arrive at a solution that is reasonable and fair for all parties. I do not accept cases where the client's goal is to "get even and I don't care what it costs." I will fight as hard as any lawyer to get a just, fair and reasonable outcome for my clients. If that means a full trial, with testimony from experts and lay witnesses, we will prepare for it together and present the best case possible.
However, about 95% to 98% of all divorce cases ultimately settle before a trial. The judicial system and Court rules are designed to promote settlements. The earlier a case is settled, the less its costs.
Therefore, the goal should be (since almost all cases settle) to get an early settlement rather than a late settlement, which gets you what you are entitled to and does not generate excessive amounts of legal fees.
If you are contemplating divorce, or if you have been served with divorce papers, you should immediately consult with at least one attorney, and preferably more than one, to gain an understanding of your rights and obligations.
Please call for a complementary consultation as the choice of an attorney for a divorce will have significant consequences.
As a parent, you want what is best for your children. Parents have an obligation to support their children financially and emotionally. The Courts are guided by what is in the "best interest of the child".
Parents should observe the same rule but many times are unable to agree as to what is best for their child or children.
I have many years of experience in dealing with these issues both as a parent and in representing parents who out of necessity must use the Courts to resolve these very important and difficult issues.
If a child under the age of 18, commits what would be a crime if committed by one age 18 or over, they are charged with juvenile delinquency.
The Juvenile Court"s goal is rehabilitation rather than punishment.
Juvenile proceedings are confidential and do not create a public-criminal record.
It is usually best for a juvenile to be represented by an attorney throughout the process.
New Jersey has a very broad Prevention of Domestic Violence Act. It is found under N.J.S.A. 2c:15-18. The purpose of the Act is to protect those who are in abusive domestic relationships as opposed to violence between co-workers, strangers, neighbors or others. It is a gender neutral act.
New Jersey is one of very few states that allow for a Permanent Restraining Order that does not expire.
The consequences for both parties in a domestic violence action are very substantial. Among other things, the Order may determine custody, parenting time, support, possession of a house, confiscation of firearms and more.
If you are involved in a domestic violence case, as either the complaining party or defending party, you should be represented.
Adopting a child is one of the more pleasant and rewarding Court procedures one can be involved with. The statute also provides for the adoption of adults.
Legal requirements must be fulfilled and an attorney can ease the process and guide you through it.
Please call for a complementary consultation if you have any questions about the process.