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FOCUS ON 3 JUDGES: Judge Kimberly Espinales-Maloney, Judge Vito Sciancalepore, Judge Anthony D’Elia HUDSON COUNTY Family Court

Jersey City Family Law Attorney Santo Artusa focuses on Restraining orders, domestic abuse, divorce, CHILD CUSTODY LAWYER AND CHILD SUPPORT LAWYER REPRESENT PEOPLE IN THE HUDSON COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT-FAMILY DIVISION BEFORE JUDGE ANTHONY D’ELIA, JUDGE KIMBERLY ESPINALES-MALONEY AND JUDGE VITO SCIANCALEPORE

 

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When individuals file for child support or child custody in Hudson County, many times they have no idea who will hear and decide their case. They are unsure if they should hire a family law attorney, any attorney or go alone. Some people are confused. Having a plan is key as is knowing who your Judge is. This is all important to know.

The Artusa Law Firm is your local Hudson County family law attorney law firm and Jersey City divorce lawyers. Family law Attorneys align and prepare their paperwork and arguments for certain judges that they have experience practicing before. A good family law attorney will do his or her research as to how the Judge rules, how the Judge operates the Courtroom, how the Judge deals with litigants and so forth. One Hudson County Family Court Judge may feel that is someone owes $1000 in child support is a lot while another may think $5000 is. One Hudson County Family Court Judge may not seek to change custody easily while another may change custody quickly. Knowing your audience or in this case, the family court Judge is very important in family law matters. In Hudson County Superior Court, the current Judges who decide domestic violence/restraining orders,  family issues/child custody are Hon. Judge Kimberly Espinales-Maloney, Judge Schillari-Rich, Judge Mirtha Ospina, Judge Maureen Mantineo, Judge Mark Baber, Judge Vito Sciancalepore Judge Vanek, Judge D’Alessandro and Judge Anthony D’Elia. If you have a case in Hudson County family court, contact the family law attorney and divorce attorneys at the Artusa Law Firm on 973-337-9643. We represent both mothers and fathers in Hudson County family court.

One of the newer Judges in Hudson County Family Court is Hon. Judge Kimberly Espinales-Maloney whose chambers are located at 595 Newark Avenue, Room 804, Jersey City, NJ 07306. The Judge has many years of experience in litigation and seeks to find solutions to cases but you must know what you are really seeking if you want to get it. Judge Vito Sciancalepore will decide Hudson County Restraining Order Cases/Domestic Violence Cases, non-dissolution (non-divorce cases) and dissolution cases (divorces) including child support and parenting time. As of now, Hon. Judge Kimberly Espinales-Maloney hears divorces, uncontested/no-fault divorces and other post-divorce family law matters.  Judge Vito Sciancalepore will take over Judge Arre’s docket and decided domestic violence and restraining order cases. Judge Arre will decide criminal cases again. The Artusa Law Firm is skilled in both family and criminal law litigation in Hudson County. To learn more about all of our legal services, visit- Artusa Law Firm of New Jersey or Contact us today on 973-337-9643.

pexels-photomotherRecently we had a case where the mother of the child was not allowed to have any overnight parenting time as per the father. This had gone on for years. Jersey City Family Law Attorney Santo Artusa filed a complaint/application to modify custody and/or parenting time. The father, who had been the custodial parent for approximately 2 years argued his case but after Judge Arre heard testimony he urged the attorneys to discuss the matter. Attorney Santo Artusa successfully negotiated joint/shared physical custody of 4 nights one week and 3 nights the alternate week.  For more information about child custody in New Jersey visit this New Jersey Child Custody Lawyer and about support, visit: New Jersey Child Support Lawyer.

Another Judge that hears many cases and is the Presiding Judge of the family division in Hudson County is Judge Maureen Mantineo. Judge Mantineo’s chambers are located where Judge Sogluizzo’s chambers were on the second floor of the Hudson County Superior Court. Judge Mantineo was the presiding judge of family years ago before taking time to work in the civil division. Her return is a welcome one as she knows how to get to the heart of the issues in the case, is polite, surprisingly patient and does not favor any particular litigant. Her courtroom is on the 2nd floor of the Superior Court. She handles divorces, child custody, child support, post divorce cases, parenting time and other family law issues.

When deciding you need to take the next step and seek court intervention to change a court order, obtain a court order, or enforce a court order, there are many rules that need to be followed and if time is important to you, you do not want to waste time filing for something that is not presented right or incorrectly because the Judge will deny it. By contacting Jersey City family law attorney Santo Artusa and his team at the Artusa Law Firm which handles a wide variety of family law cases in New Jersey, you can be assured that they will work hard on your case and do their best to present your case in the best light. If you seek a family law attorney for a child custody, restraining order/domestic violence case or other related matter, contact the Artusa Law Firm on 973-337-9643 today.

 

For information about the work we handle in father’s rights cases where we represent father’s in child custody, parenting time or child support issues, visit: New Jersey Father’s Rights Attorney. To read our press release about our recent successes in representing dads in court, visit: New Jersey Family Court Lawyer Success.

NO FAULT DIVORCE-7 Critical Tips To Avoid a Messy Divorce in New Jersey

Article about trying to have an amicable divorce in New Jersey or civilized divorce in New Jersey from New Jersey Family Law and Divorce Attorney Santo Artusa of Jersey City. The ball is in your court as to how a case starts or even how you react to overstated or made up allegations against you. Think before you act.
Divorce can be very painful but it does not have to be messy, it does not have to force the parties relive bad times, to rehash feelings from years ago. Working with experienced divorce attorneys can help you keep the divorce as civil as possible. Whether the issue is money, children, real property, retirement assets, alimony, etc., there is still hope to reach a fair and reasonable resolution without resorting to name calling, false allegations, using the children as pawns and other disturbing behavior. However, you need to Be VERY careful who you decide to work with because if you find yourself with the wrong divorce or family law attorney, you will find yourself fighting issues that were long resolved and that are making your attorney fees increasingly high every month, be very careful. How your life will be after your divorce is very important for you so how you behave in the divorce should be thought out and not built on rage and temporary inflamed emotions of family members egging you on. Stay focused, know your case goals and stay positive.

As an experienced divorce lawyer and divorce mediator in Jersey City New Jersey, I have seen cases that can be resolved in a friendly fashion turn nasty and other cases that start nasty end civil. Anything can happen with the right attitude and the right plan, just as it can with the wrong plan and wrong attitude. A lot of how your divorce or family law case goes really depends on your attitude and your expectations. Below I offer some tips to avoid a messy divorce case in New Jersey. Other tips I offer are just life tips in general when dealing with difficult situations, albeit, many are easier said than done.

  1. Try your best to be respectful to your spouse and his or her attorney. “You get more with honey than vinegar.”
  2. Write down what you are flexible on and what you are not and why.
  3. Refrain from engaging with your spouse’s family and friends if they are part of he problem.
  4. Do not flaunt your new girlfriend/boyfriend, expensive car, etc.  Limit social media.
  5. Never use the children as pawns in your plan.
  6. Set time aside for yourself during a divorce to de-stress, regain energy and focus.
  7. If you have children, adore them and give them your full attention.

While this is only a short list, I think you get the point. Stay positive, keep trying your best to think of the big picture as there will be hurdles along the way but no hurdle is high or tough enough to beat patience and proper planning.

A Quick Way To Determine if Your Divorce is Contested or Uncontested in New Jersey

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When asking divorce lawyers whether your case is considered contested or uncontested in New Jersey this is what you need to know:

People frequently come into our office and claim their divorce will be easy or that their case is very complicated and both may be true. We take the time to discuss the legal situation with you so we know what are the toughest issues to address in the case, which issues are most important to you and setting realistic expectations. If we believe that the potential client is realistic in their case goals, we will discuss our retainer and hourly rates. The most common case is a case where both parties want the divorce but there are major issues to resolve such as child custody, property division, alimony, child support and so forth. Knowing that you and your spouse want to get divorced is the easy part, it is often the other issues that make a case contested.

The only time a case is uncontested is when ALL issues are agreed to and the parties want that agreement either in writing or are waiving any interest in assets or there may be no assets to divide. We then process the legal paperwork, make the agreement, and upon execution, we submit the case to one of the Hudson or Essex County Judges for a signature and official court seal. In Hudson County, court appearances may be waived if the correct paperwork is submitted. Information concerning uncontested and no-fault divorces are here.

Visit our frequently asked questions concerning divorce cases here.Regardless if your case is contested or uncontested, we know how to handle the situation. Contact the divorce lawyers at the Artusa Law Firm of Jersey City today on  201-706-7910.

7 REASONS TO GET A DIVORCE-DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Domestic Abuse/Violence in New Jersey and leaving your partner/spouse. Views from the inside. Views from the inside is a blog by Hudson County New Jersey Family Law and New Jersey Divorce Lawyer Santo Artusa and what he sees as a divorce/family lawyer, father, husband, family man, a businessman in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Sadly, New Jersey is a no-fault state in terms of divorce. However, that does not mean you cannot file for divorce in Hudson County New Jersey Family Court based on extreme cruelty and for other reasons that include domestic abuse/domestic violence, a sad reality that remains in our country and is culturally accepted in some cultures but not in this office and not in the courts. If you hit my daughter, you are dead. As a Jersey City-Hudson County divorce attorney, I have seen and handled many difficult situations and I know I can help you if you are ready to.  Domestic abuse is not just about women it’s also about men being mentally and physically abused. It is not a weakness to be hit and not fight back, it is not a weakness to admit someone abuses you in one way or the other. It happens every day to both genders and it must be stopped and you must get our before the worse two things happen: 1. Your kids see this behavior and 2. You get killed or you kill your spouse defending yourself.

Below are 7 reasons to file for divorce or consider when you seek a divorce in New Jersey and domestic violence/abuse is involved.

  1. First, if you are in the early stages of your marriage and there is domestic abuse already and you do not have children, why stay in the marriage? Get out while you are young and while you have need been harmed for that long.
  2. The longer you stay, the harder it is to leave.
  3. If your spouse abuses you, and you have children and they witness this, they are more prone to be abusive or be in an abusive relationship, is that fair? No its not.
  4. You may believe you can shield your kids or family from the abuse you feel inside but your family will know you are suffering because of the intensity of it. This will hurt you and your health.
  5. Be fair to yourself. Respect yourself. Do not let anyone hit you, mentally abuse you. Life is too short to live that way. Begin to take positive steps.
  6. You can always file for a restraining order to get your spouse out of the home to protect yourself. If the abuse is more verbal, you can still do that but if you feel physically safe it may be best to just file the divorce and handle the next steps that way.
  7. You can still obtain a divorce based on abuse/extreme cruelty even if you never called the police. The fact is many people never call the police in a domestic abuse/violence situation. Many people are scared and or ashamed. We can help you and advise you.
  8. Does your spouse take advantage that your family lives in another country or far from the marital home/apartment? I see this a lot where a spouse takes advantage of the fact that the wife/husband’s family, close friends live in India, Pakistan, China, France, Italy, parts of Africa.

Divorce is rarely a pleasant experience but nor is surgery but when you have to get rid of the cancer in your body, you must do what you have to do to save yourself. As the tension rises between you and your spouse, only bad things can happen from there if you do not begin taking steps to get out of the marriage. If you are ready to file for divorce and/or can no longer take the abuse or fake accusations of abuse, contact my Jersey City family law team on 973-337-9643 today for a confidential appointment.

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HOW MUCH ALIMONY MUST I PAY? NEW JERSEY DIVORCE LAWYERS

View from a divorce lawyer in New Jersey concerning what some men and women call the freedom tax-ALIMONY—-You may get mad, you may be angry after you read this or you may be slightly relieved as to how much alimony you must pay to your spouse in New Jersey or if you are the dependent spouse, how much you can obtain in a New Jersey divorce court. As it depends on a case by case basis and alimony is not automatic in any divorce in New Jersey, as a Jersey City divorce lawyer that handles both contested and amicable divorces, I will explain the key factors in determining how much if any alimony you may have to pay because of the divorce.

First, lets assume your case is a case that can be deemed an alimony case. A case where there is a significant income gap between the spouses and that the marriage is more than 2 years (2 years is not the starting point by law, alimony can be awarded in shorter marriages and in some cases will not be awarded in marriages lasting only two years).

Ok, so you have an alimony case. For example, you earn $150,000 per year and your spouse does not work. Your spouse has not worked the entire marriage. However, prior to your marriage, your spouse earned $75,000 per year or even if your spouse did not work and has the ability to work a certain job because he or she has a Masters Degree from Rutgers University (My Law School Alma Mater). What we would do then is seek employment statistics and/or use the United States Census data for the Northeast region to come up with a reasonable imputed income to use for the alimony and/or child support calculations because the court will not use zero for your spouse’s income especially if the marriage is less than 20 years. So, let us stay with $75,000. Again, while there is no absolute calculation, the court will try to see how the parties lived (to come up with or understand the economic lifestyle led). This is essentially the household budget, entertainment, a savings component, etc. Due to this, the alimony number can range dramatically but let us use what many call the “rule of thumb 1/3 rule.” This essentially means if you subtract your spouses 75k from your 150k, leaving 75,000 which you multiply by 33% and that will give you around about number as to how much alimony may be. Again, alimony is not automatic, there are ways around alimony if you have assets but if you do not want to give more assets away and there is a sizable income gap, it could be an alimony case in reality. Now, alimony is a tax deduction for the payor and the more alimony you pay, the less child support you will pay which is a straight calculation (New Jersey Child Support Guidelines).

If you are facing a divorce or want to file for divorce in Hudson County, Essex County, Union County or beyond, my team and I at the Artusa Law Firm of Jersey City can help guide you every step of the way. Contact us on 973-337-9643 to discuss your case.

NEW JERSEY DIVORCE ATTORNEYS-HOW FAST CAN I REALLY GET DIVORCED AND WHAT WILL HAPPEN?

How fast can I get divorced? I am engaged to someone else as my spouse on paper and I have been apart for more than 7 years, how fast can I be divorced?

If your spouse agrees and signs all paperwork, we can get you divorced in:

60  DAYS!!!!!60 DAYS!!!!!

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-5 REASONS A DIVORCE WILL BE THE BEST THING YOU EVER DO FOR YOU!

Whether you are seeking a divorce lawyer, seeking to file for divorce, have been served divorce papers in Hudson County, please read below, it is important because if you are not happy the ones around you will not be happy.

@JERSEY CITY HUDSON COUNTY NEW JERSEY FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY SANTO ARTUSA OF JERSEY CITY……..Yep, Yes I said it. Divorce may be the best thing you ever do in your life for yourself. As a New Jersey Divorce Attorney, you can tell when the marriage is over just how the spouse speaks of his or her soon to be ex…. No for you, While you are thinking about it, have decided to do it, are stressed out, are unsure of many factors, there is a light at the end of the divorce tunnel. While I do not profess to be someone who believes the grass is greener I do believe that if you have some control and you are able to cut out toxic parts of your life, it may be the best decision you ever make. As a very busy divorce lawyer in Jersey City, New Jersey, I meet with young professionals daily who have just had enough. Whether it is because of an arranged marriage, whether it is the constant bickering, whether it is that you lost yourself because you have been trying to please someone that cannot be pleased, either way, you are done, finito! Trust me, I understand and I can explain reasons from a New Jersey divorce lawyer’s perspective to make it even clearer.

Benefits to obtaining a divorce sooner rather than later

  • If you divorce early on you may not have accumulated many assets to divide. As you get older, you will be able to accumulate assets that your former spouse will never be entitled to. For the new spouse- prenuptial agreement!
  • When there is less to divide, the divorce can be finalized much faster!
  • As you get older, you will earn more. When you earn more, you pay more in alimony. Everybody who pays alimony, hates alimony but again, they are free now so the monthly check may very well be worth it to them.
  • You are still young and can find the right person that respects you, cares for you, and you can actually enjoy your life. Who would have thought?
  • The level of animosity and stress is felt by the kids while you remain in a troubled relationship setting the stage that the children believe this is what a marriage is all about. Is that what marriage is about? I know it does not have to be, but it is up to you to admit it is not.
  • Regardless of money, you will rid yourself of a toxic relationship that affects every part of your life.
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Jersey City Divorce Attorney Santo Artusa
My name is Santo Artusa, Jr., Esq. I am a divorce attorney in Jersey City, New Jersey focusing on divorce and family law issues throughout the Garden State, in every county in New Jersey whether it is an actual divorce, annulment, child custody case, parenting time, alimony, child support, domestic abuse, equitable distribution/assets division, divorcing someone outside of the United States, my team and I are skilled in matrimonial litigation in New Jersey. If you have a case and seek a consultation, call my team on 973-337-9643 today for an in person or phone consultation to determine if we should work together. Or if you prefer, we can contact you after you fill out our contact form below:

NEW JERSEY DIVORCE LAWYER: THE 7 REASONS WHY FILING FOR DIVORCE IS BETTER THAN WINNING THE LOTTERY

Hudson County New Jersey Divorce Lawyer and lottery winner Santo Artusa, Esq….Winning the lottery or dreaming about winning the lottery is very similar to obtaining a divorce especially in a bad marriage. You think: What will I do that first day? Where will I live? How will I feel differently? Yes, dreaming of winning the lottery is similar and in my opinion, better than filing for divorce and eventually obtaining a divorce! How so? Well, if your marriage is essentially over whether it is because of a lack of any emotional connection, lack of attraction, disrespect, abuse, or for any other reason, you may be envisioning what your new life will be like without having to wake up next to your spouse daily, without fighting with your spouse daily. The list goes on and on. We are living longer today so why waste so much time with someone you do not want to be with anymore?

Some Reasons Why Obtaining a Divorce is better Than Winning the Lottery:

  1. Whether you have kids or not, you will have time for YOURSELF! Remember that! Time is more valuable than money and obtaining a divorce allows you to actually schedule key personal/key recharge time to yourself!
  2. As you get older, you will earn more money and that money will be all yours!
  3. If you were the dependent spouse, you may get considerable alimony which you can buy anything you want with! You can go on dates, you can buy a car, you can vacation, there is no limit to what you can do with the money!
  4. If you are the dependent spouse, you can get a sizable check to your share of the assets earned in the marriage! Lotto! Lotto! Most of which may be tax free! (Better than lotto)
  5. If you are the earner, the sooner you file, the shorter the alimony period will be!
  6. You will never have to explain yourself to your spouse ever! Priceless.
  7. Your annoying in-laws will no longer be your in-laws and will be OUT!
  8. You are smarter/wiser now, your new spouse will be chosen more carefully for a better future!

There is no question that going through a divorce can be difficult but if you are obtaining or seeking to divorce for the right reasons, there is a bright light at the end of the tunnel that will shine upon your life if you make the right decisions and begin to distance yourself from toxic people. This light can in fact be better than winning the lottery. Money comes and goes, after a while, you will buy everything you ever want and realize that money is not the most important thing in life but self respect and happiness are. Being in a marriage that drags you down, zaps your energy ruins many other aspects of your life. If you were told you had terminal cancer, would you stay with your spouse that shows no love for you? that disrespects you? that could care less if you were home or not? I wouldn’t, why would you? If you think your children do not know what is going on or your family and you want to save the marriage for them, you are ignoring reality and hurting yourself each day. We all deserve to get up and feel happy about our lives, our marriages, our families. If you do not and realize the marriage is over, you should contact my team of divorce lawyers in Jersey City to discuss your options and how to move forward with your life.

We can be reached on 973-337-9643 for a phone consult or in person meeting in our Jersey City office. We represent clients in every county in New Jersey. To read more about me, visit: Jersey City Divorce Lawyer Santo Artusa. Alternatively, you can fill out our form below and we will contact you at a time that works for you.

4 NJ DIVORCE MYTHS DESTROYED BY NEW JERSEY DIVORCE ATTORNEY SANTO ARTUSA JR

Jersey City divorce attorney and New Jersey Family Law Attorney Santo Artusa……This article is about common divorce misconceptions in New Jersey and how I will “destroy” them one by one with the help of Spock. Ok, first myth that we will destroy today: “My spouse will get half of everything I have” This is false. First, New Jersey divorce laws are based on equitable distribution not community property meaning that it is based on various equitable factors. Even if the court divided half of property you have, it is only the property/assets acquired during the marriage. So if you think your spouse will take money you had before the marriage too, no he or she will not. There are circumstances where money is commingled but that if for another time and another article.

#2 – The family courts favor women. Untrue. More and more women are lawyers and in turn Judges and believe it or not, many of these judges in family court are tougher on women then they are on men. I have seen it with my own eyes time and time again.

#3 Men can never have custody of their kids. Untrue. The tender years doctrine is no longer the law or the way courts consider custody. The age of children is part of the factors in custody determinations but mothers and fathers are equal in the State of New Jersey. Obviously if one parent has had the children for a long period of time, the other parent cannot simply expect to fly into their lives and just obtain custody and if they do not, they cannot blame it on whether they are male or female, mother or father.

#4 Men Cannot Receive Alimony-Untrue. Women, you have what you want! You have jobs and salaries just like men and guess what? If you earn more, you will have to pay alimony! Whether you are a man or woman, the breadwinner will pay alimony. If the parties agree to waive alimony then of course it does not have to be paid but alimony can and is paid to men everyday. New world!

Anyway friends, until next time, thank you for reading and contact me if you seek a divorce attorney in New Jersey. We can be reached on 973-337-9643.