Divorce & Family Law
The Firm has developed a prominent presence in the family law arena. We are recognized for combining highly personalized, compassionate, and expert representation of our clients with tenacious advocacy of their rights.
We have built our success on the fundamental recognition that family law issues are complex, emotionally and financially taxing--and at times overwhelming. Our job is to guide our clients through the labyrinth and help them gain the stability and certainty they need to move forward with their lives.
Our expertise embraces the full range of family law matters, including those summarized below.
Divorce and Separation
Divorce and separation bring several legal issues into play, particularly when children are involved, businesses and other assets must be valued or debts allocated, or circumstances later change. These issues include:
- Child Custody, Visitation, and Support
We help clients develop a sensible, workable parenting plan aligned with the best interest of their children. The parenting plan establishes legal custody (who makes the decisions regarding the health, welfare and education of the children), physical custody (where the children live), and parenting time (giving the non-custodial parent appropriate time with the children). Child support payments are structured to make sure both parents pay their fair share.
- Equitable Distribution
We help clients obtain values for the assets accumulated during the marriage, including real estate, retirement funds, business interests, bank accounts, and prized possessions. We also help identify accrued debt and other obligations.
We are skilled in post-judgment matters.
- Custody and Visitation Changes
One divorced parent may seek to relocate because of remarriage, a new job, or simple personal preference. We counsel on the rights, under New Jersey law, of the custodial and non-custodial parent.
- Changed Circumstances
When financial conditions improve or worsen, or when a child becomes emancipated, we guide our clients through prospective changes in alimony or child support payments.
- Enforcing Agreements and Court Orders
We pursue all necessary means, in the most cost-efficient manner possible to effectively enforce property settlement agreements on behalf of our clients.
More couples are marrying (or re-marrying) later in life, after they have accumulated assets or debt. We craft prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements detailing how those assets and debts will be handled if the new marriage fails.
Gay and lesbian couples face the same family law issues as heterosexuals. We have expertise with civil unions, including child support, equitable distribution, custody, estate planning, adoption, and dissolution issues.
We structure and prepare co-habitation agreements to formally secure and protect the legal rights of unmarried couples who plan to live together.
No one has the right to physically or mentally abuse another person. Our attorneys respond quickly and aggressively to protect our clients and their children, obtaining restraining orders and pursuing enforcement of same as may be necessary to keep our clients safe. We also defend wrongful claims asserted against our clients with respect to those matters.
Living together may no longer be required as a precondition to qualifying for palimony. We advise clients on this rapidly evolving body of law.
Other Family Law Matters
Our experience also extends to paternity, guardianship, and adoption matters.
The Firm takes a holistic approach to representing clients. Whenever needed, the Family Law Group collaborates with other lawyers in the Firm with expertise in subjects that bear directly on family law questions, including business and corporate law, personal and business taxation, and real estate.