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Non-Custodial Parents’ Lives Matter in New Jersey Family Court

FATHERS LIVES MATTER —-The New Jersey Supreme Court just proved: Non-Custodial Parents’ Lives Matter! Fathers’ Lives Matter Again! Going through a divorce or nasty breakup when having children together is never easy. The thought of not being able to come home and see your children when you are done with work or if you take a day off to be with them, they are not there, is very difficult to deal with. Then times get worse, the custodial parent seeks to relocate out of New Jersey which would make seeing your children even harder. The bond you have with the children could get weaker by the day the are away from you. Well the Supreme Court of New Jersey set aside the case that governed child relocation in New Jersey, aka Baures. Baures was “built” by the idea that if the custodial parent is happy, the child would be happy and the relationship with the non-custodial parent is not as important. Well, that is over now and the best interests of the child standard will be the guiding post for any parent seeking to relocate out of New Jersey. This is great news for non-custodial parents in New Jersey. The Artusa Law Firm of Hudson County, New Jersey has represented hundreds if not thousands of non-custodial parents in New Jersey. Lead family law attorney Santo Artusa has been there himself fighting for his rights before he became a leading New Jersey lawyer. We are ready to help you today, contact us on 973-337-9643.

The best-interest standard is harder to prove than the previous method which was based around the custodial parent’s need. To argue that the non-custodial parent who sees the child every week and/or his or her family has a close bond to the children and win, will now be incredibly hard for the “primary parent.”

While Baures and this court ruling focus on child relocation in New Jersey, our team has always held that non-custodial parents’ lives do in fact matter and they matter more than many people will admit to. Children need two parents that care for them and non-custodial parents do not deserve to be an afterthought. They really need to be equals if the non-custodial parent in fact is involved and does love his or her children, which almost all do.

If you do not have residential custody, you need to be vigilant against non-compliance of a New Jersey family court order so that if it continues you can obtain relief including the possibility of becoming the custodial parent. Frankly, while parents want to be residential custodial parents. the goal should be to foster a relationship that is natural and permits frequent contact and parenting time on both sides. Life happens and yes, sometimes people are late for drop-offs, late for phone calls, miss visits but unless it is happening frequently, the parents should try to work it out without court. If that is in fact impossible, which I have seen thousands of times, yes it is time to go to court and enforce your court order or seek a new court order with better identified boundaries that cannot be crossed. The better written and structured the agreement and/or court order, the easier it is to follow. At that point the question becomes whether or not the parents really want to adhere to it. If they don’t, watch out, enforcement motions done right can change your whole world.

If you seek effective help in a family law case in New Jersey, contact our Jersey City family law attorneys in Hudson County on 973-337-9643 or via this contact form. Please be patient for a return email as the demand for our family law services are very high. Thank you.

17 FACTS ABOUT GETTING A DIVORCE IN HUDSON COUNTY NEW JERSEY

FROM JERSEY CITY NEW JERSEY DIVORCE LAWYER SANTO ARTUSA:::::::

How to get a divorce in Jersey City! Try it alone, good luck, try it with us, you are set! We know how to handle it and do it fast!

Great News! You do not need to be a magician to obtain a divorce in Jersey City-Hudson County New Jersey. I am a divorce attorney here in Jersey City and I will quickly go over 7 facts about obtaining a divorce in the Hudson County Superior Court-Family Court.

  1. You can obtain a divorce without ever having to go to court in Hudson County. This is a fact but most people including many attorneys do not know how to do this. This may be my own magic trick but it works, it is legal and you never have to step foot in 595 Newark Avenue, Jersey City which is the address of the Hudson County Family Court.
  2. You can obtain a divorce without your spouse’s signature. Now, this does not mean you can obtain a divorce in Hudson County without your spouse’s knowledge it just means he can be served and default whereas a signature is not needed.
  3. If you know where your spouse lives and your spouse does not contest the divorce, you can be divorced in Hudson County between 60 and 90 days.
  4. You can obtain a divorce even if you do not know where your spouse is. In this case you will not get a divorce in less than 90 days but nevertheless you can obtain a divorce by publication.
  5. You can get a divorce in Hudson County Family Court even if your spouse does not want the divorce. A Judge cannot force people to attend marriage counseling. Again, while you can obtain the divorce, if your spouse fights it, you will get the divorce decree but it will take longer than an uncontested case.
  6. You can obtain a divorce in Hudson County even if you were married in another State or another country.
  7. You can cancel your divorce until the very last day, meaning if you still believe you can works things out, the court will permit you to withdraw your divorce. Yes, I have seen it on the day of trial, it has been done!

If you have a family law or divorce case in Jersey City-Hudson County or Beyond in New Jersey, contact me and my team in our Jersey City office on 201-706-7910. We offer convenient office hours for our clients. You can also contact us via email by filling out this contact form:

To view more about our team and our services visit our main page: Artusa Law Firm of Jersey City.

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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 Arre, Judge Nesle Rodriguez, Judge Mirtha Ospina, Judge Maureen Mantineo, Judge Mark Baber, Judge Vito Sciancalepore 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 201-706-7910. 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 201-706-7910.

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 201-706-7910 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.

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3 Things to Know-Divorce Strategy in New Jersey- Does it Matter Who Files First?

Hudson County Divorce Lawyers and divorce lawyers throughout the country often field this question and we will quickly discuss the importance of filing for divorce first. This is what you need to know in short.

A divorce is considered a civil action in the New Jersey courts. There is a plaintiff and a defendant (in adultery cases there are defendants). One question people ask at times but not enough is, Does it matter who files first in a divorce in New Jersey? 

artusa-hoboken-minIn a case that has issues to determine, the answer is YES. The plaintiff is the person that files for divorce first and sets the tone for the entire case. He or she can file the case and file a motion for various relief right away placing the defendant against the ropes. Smart and experienced New Jersey Divorce Lawyers can help your case by deciding the order in which the case is heard, can start with a motion or at trial, the plaintiff starts the case and controls the order of it. A first impression with a New Jersey Divorce Judge goes along way and the same hold trues in a divorce trial or other family law case (who brings the motion first). It is very hard to undo a first impression and very hard to stop the momentum the Plaintiff has going for him or her in a trial or motion. This hold true whether the case is in Union County, Hudson County, Bergen or beyond, the New Jersey Divorce Rules govern all the divorce courts and trials.

DIVORCE STRATEGY IN NEW JERSEY

If you work with skilled and learned New Jersey divorce lawyers, he or she will plan out a strategy for your case to help you achieve your case goals. The case can be settled along the way or it can go to trial, either way, you must prepare as if you are going to trial so that you can negotiate from a position of strength, not weakness. If your opponent knows you are not ready, why would they negotiate and reach a fair deal with you? They will not.

WHAT IF I HAVE BEEN SERVED WITH NEW JERSEY DIVORCE PAPERS OR FAMILY COURT MOTION PAPERS?

If your spouse has filed and you are the Defendant, there is still much that can be done and it can be argued that the Defense has an upper hand because they get to go after the Plaintiff finishes their case, after cross-examination and beyond in a divorce in New Jersey. Regardless if you have been served, if you work with the right New Jersey divorce attorney, a strategy can be planned and the fight will begin. When you are served with motion papers or divorce papers you only have a certain amount of time and time is of the essence. Many people come into New Jersey Divorce Attorney Santo Artusa’s office after receiving divorce papers from: The Weinberger Law Group, Freeman Hughes, Weiner Lesniak, Irwin Tubman, Greenberg Walden Grossman, Chasan Leyner Lamparello, Anthony Carbone, Miller Meyerson and Corbo, Karen Saminski, Lesnevich and Marzano, Lyons and Associates, Maurice Giro, Einhorn Harris, Micklin Law Group, Edward Weinstein, Riker Danzig, Lofaro and Headley, Moskowitz Law Group and many others. Each attorney has a different style and it is important to know who you are dealing with in a family law and divorce case in Hudson County, Essex County, Union County, Somerset County, Middlesex County, Bergen County and beyond. The Artusa Law Firm is skilled in representing people in sensitive family law matters and is experienced in arguing before the Judges in Hudson County and throughout Central and Northern New Jersey.

Our firm handles a variety of legal matters including: Child Support in New Jersey, Child Custody in New Jersey, Restraining Orders in New Jersey and so forth. For information about all of our practice areas, visit Artusa Law Firm of New Jersey.

Every divorce case is unique and needs an essential attention to details and patience. The Artusa Law Firm is here for people seeking help navigating through the family law and divorce world in New Jersey. If you seek a consultation in our Jersey City office, contact us today on 201-706-7910 today.

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N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1 JERSEY CITY DEFENSE ATTORNEY

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Jersey City Criminal Lawyer Santo Artusa and his team represent people in Jersey City and Hoboken who have been charge with: N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1 Simple Assault, Harassment, Loitering  and N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10 Possession of CDS. Some of the cases may be related to domestic violence while others may be between people that simply got into a fight, had drugs in their car, harassed people or are simply falsely accused. We can handle the case either way.

Have you been arrested for simple assault or harassment in Jersey City? Have you been served with a temporary restraining order? If so, we can help. Whether this is your first arrest or tenth, my team and I are willing and able to help you in criminal court. Our experience in the Jersey City Municipal Court and Jersey City Court and other courts throughout the State, has led our clients to obtain positive outcomes and leaving them the ability to move forward with their lives. Jersey City Criminal Defense Attorney Santo Artusa has years of experience regarding domestic violence cases, assaults, criminal mischief, harassment, possession of CDS, restraining orders, burglary, armed robbery, criminal trespass and other criminal matters. If your case is related to a temporary restraining order/domestic violence in Hudson or Bergen County, visit our page Hudson County Restraining Order Defense Attorney.

Assault in New Jersey is defined as:

N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1 Simple Assault– A person is guilty of assault if he attempts to cause or purposely causes bodily injury to another; negligently causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon, or attempts by physical menace to put another in fear of imminent serious bodily harm. Bodily injury is defined as physical pain, illness or impairment of physical condition. Assault is one of the crimes that is considered domestic violence under certain circumstances and when someone is seeking a final restraining order. We can help you defend against a restraining order case in Hudson County, New Jersey.

We represent people in both criminal and family court concerning assault charges/domestic violence in Jersey City/Hudson County.  The maximum prison term someone can get for simple assault is: 6 months in jail and $1000 fine. While a criminal court may find you guilty of committing a simple assault, that does not mean if you have a related NJ domestic violence restraining order case that the Judge in the restraining order case will or must issue a final restraining order. In the Temporary Restraining Order Case-FRO case, the domestic violence Judge has more discretion as there are many factors involved in determining whether a final restraining order is needed. One thing to know is that if a final order is given, it can be very hard to dissolve and this can have serious consequences so whether you are charged in criminal court, municipal court or are facing a restraining order, it is important to fight your case.

2C:35-10.  Possession of CDS
In addition to simple assault and other criminal charges, we represent people who have been accused of Possessing CDS (marijuana, cocaine, MDMA, paraphernalia, etc) in Jersey City, Hoboken, Bayonne Municipal Courts, or in the Hudson County Superior Court-we can help defend you against these charges and minimize any penalty you may face or help you get the case dismissed.

In a recent case we had in the Jersey City Municipal Court, our client was accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend. Our client had a clean record, the parties no longer lived together and we were able to have the case dismissed after finding holes in her story and the lack of reliable evidence. We also successfully had the temporary restraining order in family court vacated as well. Client had a clean record prior to the incident and a clean record after retaining our firm for the criminal defense and restraining order issues.  In this case, the victim wanted to go forward with the complaint but it is very important to know that even if the victim does not want to go forward, the State can still press their case and it is very important to hire a lawyer immediately and remember your right to remain silent.

The first time you go to court is for your arraignment an/or bail hearing. Your attorney will enter a plea of non-guilty and argue for the lowest bail permitted under the state guidelines. Your attorney will also request copies of the discovery which are the documents associated with your case, any videos, etc that the prosecutor must disclose all discovery to the defense attorney. The prosecution must let defense counsel know who they intend to call as witnesses.  If the defense attorney has any discovery that can attack the prosecution’s case, he must provide that to the State.  So for example in another case we had, our client claimed self-defense and that the alleged victim instigated the entire fight by sending him pictures of his ex-girlfriend in seductive clothing in “non-church like poses” over and over again until he got to the point where he felt he had to confront the instigator as they lived on the same block. When we showed these pictures and texts to the prosecution, the charges were downgraded substantially and later dismissed.

While criminal cases require beyond a reasonable doubt to obtain a guilty verdict, a restraining order case requires that the victim prove his or her case with a preponderance of the evidence standard (which is easier to win) but either way, we know how to prepare for either or both cases as the legal procedures involved are very different. When dealing with criminal issues, it is important not to assume anything. Do not assume the police had probable cause, do not assume they had the right to stop and frisk you because you were in the wrong area, do not assume the Judge will side with the Police. Many Judges were criminal defense lawyers and know that nobody is given automatic credibility when on the witness stand. It is your attorney’s job to find out if in fact probable cause was there, to try to recreate the scenario and to question potential witnesses.

A more serious form of assault in New Jersey is:

Aggravated Assault–  A person is guilty of aggravated assault is he attempts to cause serious bodily injury to another; recklessly causes such an injury, knowingly attempts to cause serious bodily injury with a deadly weapon, or commits a simple assault on a policeman, fireman, emergency first aid personnel, or school teacher or official.  These cases are usually dealt with in the Superior Court-Criminal Division rather than municipal because these cases can carry significant penalties including long prison terms.

Hiring an attorney when it comes to your freedom, your ability to see your children and other important matters requires that you think carefully as to who you hire and make sure that the attorney understands the law, understands your circumstances, your case, so that he or she can represent you effectively. Being frugal with your “legal budget” can lead to dire consequences if your freedom and long-term ability to earn is at risk. The devil is in the details and if you and your attorney fail to communicate important aspects of the case, the case could be doomed. If you have a criminal case pending against you or a domestic violence matter in Jersey City or Hoboken, contact my office today on 201-706-7910 for a confidential appointment in our Jersey City Office.

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Do you want custody of your kids? What to do about the new Significant Other being Around your Kids

Custody can always be changed, it is just a matter of when it is warranted. An example of where and when it was warranted.

I had a recent case where a married couple lived in the same 2 family house, mom downstairs, dad upstairs. At the time, the mom had custody of the children with the kids staying with dad about half the time whether by way of overnights or having dinner with dad after school. Mom began dating a man known to be a drug dealer and convicted felon who started sleeping over the house more and more. Dad would smell the intense odor from their marijuana use and the children corroborated seeing a green substance and “weird looking pipes.” We went to court for an immediate hearing by way of order to show cause in the Essex County Family Court where the Judge ruled that the boyfriend could not be in the home at all. After a few weeks, the boyfriend reappeared and the same problems began to present themselves placing the children at risk. Again, we went back to court for an emergency hearing where the Judge gave dad full residential custody and had mom tested for drugs which came out positive for marijuana.
It is often difficult for a single parent or a divorced parent to know that a new man or woman is around his or her kids but life goes on. Old cases in New Jersey made it harder for the paramour/new love interest to be around but a recent case heard by Judge Lawrence Jones focused on the new reality of divorce rates, single parenting and so forth. Judge Jones called for fewer restrictions on contact between the child and the new person in mom or dad’s life, which does make sense. In his August 3, 2015 decision, Judge Jones indicated that an indefinite ban on contact is unenforceable absent any evidence of inappropriate conduct. He then went on to say that contact should be increased gradually and that is tailored to the child’s needs. Common sense finally prevails. While we do not want a single mother or father introducing their children to every love interest they ever meet, the time should come when the children meet the man or woman when the time is right and after determining that the man or woman is worthy of meeting your kids.
Whether you are dealing with a situation trying to prevent contact or to encourage it, contact my team at the Artusa Law Firm today on 201-706-7910 to discuss your case in detail.

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What You Need To Know-Notice of Scheduled Appearance for Motion Hearing

best new jersey divorce attorneyHave you received New Jersey Family Court motion papers in the mail? Are you seeking to file a cross-motion? Do you want to defend against the request that you received in the mail? Are you seeking a family law-child custody lawyer in New Jersey?  The New Jersey Family Law Attorneys at the Artusa Law Firm can help you today on 201-706-7910.

The State of New Jersey To: Have you received a notice that matched the title of this blog for a court date in Hudson County, Essex County, Union County or Bergen County? If you have, we can help. Our team focuses on family law issues throughout the State of New Jersey. The motion you received may lay out one issue to contend or several (child custody, parenting time,violation of a court order,  college costs, child support, alimony issues, enforcement motions, emancipation, child relocation, spousal support, evaluation of assets, etc) either way there is a deadline to respond and if you seek certain relief there is a deadline for your “cross-motion” or “cross-application.” The New Jersey family law attorneys at the Artusa Law Firm can help you with your case if you seek professional family law representation.

What is written in the motion papers and the exhibits (attachments) you provide are very important to your case. Without proof, a Judge may simply decide the motion without oral argument. If you reply and request oral argument, you should be able to have that and argue your case before the Judge and against the opposing party. However, you should know that if you elect to handle the matter on your own, you will be held to the same standard as an attorney. You must know the rules and the legal standards for the claims you are asserting. Family law motions require a substantial amount of work and if done incorrectly, can cost you more than you imagined. If you received a motion in New Jersey for a family part case, contact the team at the Artusa Law Firm today on 201-706-7910 to discuss your situation and if it makes sense to hire an attorney.

 

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5 TOOLS AVAILABLE IN A CHILD CUSTODY DISPUTE

  • WHAT CAN I DO IF MY WIFE AND I DO NOT AGREE ON CHILD CUSTODY IN NEW JERSEY?
  • I WANT CUSTODY OF MY CHILD BECAUSE I THINK THE MOTHER IS UNFIT, WHAT CAN I DO?
  • I HAVE AN UPCOMING COURT DATE FOR CHILD CUSTODY AND CHILD SUPPORT IN NEW JERSEY WHAT SHOULD I DO?
  • WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SOLE AND JOINT CUSTODY IN NEW JERSEY?
  • I NEED AN ATTORNEY FOR FAMILY COURT IN NEW JERSEY, WHO SHOULD I CALL?

N.J.S.A 9:2-4f. New Jersey Child Custody Attorney

CHILD CUSTODY AND PARENTING TIME DISPUTES IN JERSEY CITY, NJ

HOW TO PROVE YOUR CASE AND THE TOOLS AVAILABLE TO PARENTS IN NEW JERSEY FAMILY COURT

Whether you live in New Jersey or live out of state and have a family court case about child custody, child support and so forth, we can help you whether you are close by or live in Florida, Virginia or any other state and have a New Jersey Family Court case. As Jersey City child custody lawyers, we represent parents from throughout the country because of the transient nature of Jersey City and Hoboken, New Jersey.

When parents cannot agree on simple things in life, they usually cannot agree on how or who should be the primary parent in the child’s life and/or how much parenting time each parent should have. These issues are never easy to tackle as in most family law cases, there is no smoking gun to prove your case. You need to present your case accordingly in family court to change custody, obtain custody, change parenting time , start having parenting time, have a New Jersey child support issue and seek a change. While many cases are cut and dry in that one parent has been the custodial parent throughout the child’s life while in other cases, the one parent agrees who should raise the child (which home to live in). The other cases that do not fit this distinction are the focus of this article.

CHILD CUSTODY AND PARENTING TIME DISPUTES IN JERSEY CITY, NEW JERSEY

In these disputes, the court offers mediation to try and resolve the issues at hand. This option is available early on in the case and can be extremely useful to individuals but again, cases where the anger toward each party is present and/or the truth is blurred, mediation will not get the job done. The statute in New Jersey that governs child custody determinations is: N.J.S.A 9:2-4f.

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New Jersey Family Law Attorneys

When a change in custody is sought or a significant change in parenting time is sought, your attorney should seek to conduct discovery if certain issues are present in the case. For example, if one party has a history of drug use, careless behavior, addiction issues and so forth, it is important to find out if the party is still using, if not, have them prove how long the person has been “clean” through a hair follicle test, when is the last time they relapsed, when they relapsed what happened?, has the child ever seen the parent in this state? The list goes on and on. When issues like this and other issues such as anger, inability to control a person’s behavior, risky behavior and so on appear, your attorney should seek that the person seeking more time be mentally evaluated by a neutral professional. Furthermore this neutral person should write a best interests report that can be used in court where the expert will testify as to how they reached their conclusion. This report is not the final test for the Court but it is a major consideration for the Judge in determining what should be done next. The expert witness is offering a suggestion to the Court and is not dispositive but the Judge could give that testimony alot of weight. Additionally, you can seek that written discovery be provided or depositions be conducted where you can question the party or potential witnesses. These tools, when done right, can be extremely effective in finding the truth and catching someone being untruthful during the court proceedings.

NEW JERSEY FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY SANTO ARTUSA, JR., ESQ

Family issues, especially custody can get very ugly and difficult. New Jersey Family law and child custody attorney Santo Artusa has the experience and care to represent people who take these cases very seriously. These matters are very hard to simple work on and forget. It is important to work with a lawyer who represents your interests as if it was his or her case and family. New Jersey Family Attorney Santo Artusa does. If you seek professional representation in child custody, divorce, child support and other family law issues, contact the Artusa Law Firm today on 201-706-7910.To view all of the legal services we offer, visit: Artusa Law Firm of New Jersey.

 


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Did You Know You Can Obtain a Divorce in Middlesex Without Going to Court?

You Can Obtain a Divorce In Middlesex County-NJ Without Ever Going to Court. Yes it is True.  Contact the Artusa Law Firm team today to handle it for you.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

You can obtain a divorce in Middlesex County without ever appearing in court. If you work with an experienced divorce attorney in New Jersey, we can handle all the papers for you and you will receive your New Jersey Divorce Judgment in the mail or from our office, your choice! If you have not reached an agreement with your spouse and issues remain, we can help you with that too. Contact us on 201-706-7910.

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The Artusa Law Firm handles divorces in Middlesex County, New Jersey and Morris County, New Jersey. Filing for a dissolution of a marriage, AKA a divorce is the same throughout the State of New Jersey. Our practice focuses on family law and divorce Statewide. We have experience representing people in Middlesex County Family Court, Morris County, Hudson County, Essex County, Somerset County, Union County, Bergen County and beyond.

We can handle your case whether it is an uncontested divorce in Middlesex County or an uncontested divorce in Morris County, we can handle it. Whether there is child custody, child support or other issues in contention or there are no issues at all, we can help you get divorced soon. The Artusa Law Firm practices in every county in the State of New Jersey concerning divorce and family law issues. While we are located in Jersey City, we work statewide. Our army of lawyers can help you get a divorce and move forward with your life.

Again, Whether you have children, have an agreement or not, is contested or not, we can help you with our experience in family and divorce law.We also help people who have post-divorce situations and family court motions that need to be addressed. Whether it is child custody case in Edison, a parenting time dispute in Morristown, alimony adjustments in North Brunswick, child support in Iselin, college contributions for Princeton , child relocation, domestic violence, changes in circumstances, order enforcement issues, we know what to do. Contact us today.

Our office is headquartered in Jersey City as many of our clients work or own businesses in Manhattan or other areas of New York City. We provide transportation for new clients that retain our services that live outside of Hudson County. For a consultation with our family law or divorce lawyer, contact us at the Artusa Law Firm today on 201-706-7910, we can help you.