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Key Tips in Obtaining a Divorce in Essex County

Seeking a Divorce Fast in Essex County? If you are searching for divorce lawyers in Essex County, contact our team today, we can help. 

Are you seeking to file for divorce or have a family law situation in Newark-Essex County, New Jersey? Let us know which issues you have

  • Do you live in Essex County and want a divorce? We handle that.
  • Are you seeking alimony in a divorce case in Essex County? We can advise you and help.
  • Are you looking for Newark Family Law Attorneys to represent you in the Essex County Family Court? We can do it.
  • Do you have a family law, child custody issue in Newark, Essex County, NJ? We can do that too.
  • Do you have an uncontested or contested divorce in Newark, Essex County? Call our team of Essex County Divorce Lawyers.
  • Have you been served or are you seeking a NJ-final restraining order/domestic violence order against someone in Essex County, NJ? We have a great win record for restraining order cases.
  • Have you been served with Essex County Divorce Papers or Motions Papers? Reach out to our divorce lawyers as the clock is running.
  • The Artusa Law Firm can help you now! Contact us on 201-706-7910

Essex County Divorce Lawyer Santo Artusa represents people from all over the country that have divorce or family law issues in Newark, Essex County, New Jersey. Essex County family court is one of the busiest family and divorce courts in the United States. We have represented people from all over the country that have family law cases in Newark-Essex County. We represent individuals that live in: Maplewood, Short Hills, Livingston, Springfield, Newark, West Orange, Essex Fells, South Orange, Belleville, Bloomfield, Millburn, Verona, Nutley and beyond.  The Essex County-New Jersey Family Court is located in Newark, New Jersey-212 Washington Street, Newark, NJ. Essex County Family  Judge David Katz is the presiding Judge of the Family Part.


You can search the internet all day, ask friends, ask family if they know any good lawyers that can help them in a family law situation or a divorce. They may have someone in mind, they may not. You may contact the attorney and find out he or she has no clue about this area of the law but will try. Worse, you may learn that the advocate makes more problems than solves them, usually not good for anyone. We believe a family law attorney is meant to help get to the heart of the issue and do our best to solve the problem instead of dragging it on, making it worse, hurting people along the way. My approach, whether it is for a case in Essex, Hudson, Bergen, Morris or any court case is to try and find a solution to the problem. Trying to get o the heart of the issue and presenting it to the other side or to the Judge is a critical part of a good attorney’s job. We fight for our clients who seek representation in Essex County-Newark: child custody disputes, parenting time, divorces, alimony, NJ child support, restraining orders and more in Essex County, NJ. Simply making accusations and threats is not what a civil court is all about, however, it is often the case with lawyers who seek to churn fees and to make a show for the court. You will not get that from my team and I. While it costs money to work with us, our approach is to solve the issue instead of making it worse, we have families, we understand the importance of solving family related issues. There are times that the opposing side is not logical or simply wants to keep doing the song and dance in front of the Judge for fees and marketing purposes, truly sad, that is not us.


My team at the Artusa law Firm knows all to well how important a divorce or family law case is. We are divorce lawyers who care about our clients now and their futures. Whether there are assets to be divided or fought over, child custody disputes, child support, domestic violence-restraining orders or more, we can help you get through this now. Contact our Newark-Essex County Divorce team on 201-706-7910. For all of the legal services we provide in New Jersey, visit our home page: Artusa Law Firm-New Jersey Divorce Lawyers.

For information about the Judges of Essex county and other family law Judges in New Jersey to understand more about the divorce process or who may determine your case, visit: Essex County Family Court Judges. For information about the laws concerning divorces in New Jersey visit: Essex County Divorce Lawyer.  For information about child custody, see New Jersey Child Custody Lawyer.

If you want a NJ family law attorney that places himself or herself in your shoes to try and understand the entire situation, contact my team on 201-706-7910 for a consultation. Our Newark Office is located at 146-B Ferry Street, Newark, NJ 07105. Consultations are by appointment only or can be done over the phone. Our Jersey City location is 35 Journal Square, Suite 825, Jersey City, NJ 07306.

Update from the Court, Modifying a Marital Settlement Agreement

Hudson County Divorce Lawyer Santo Artusa and his team represents people during divorce cases and after divorce cases have been settled or tried if some family law issues still remain or new issues arise. Sometimes when a marital or property settlement is made, mistakes are made, people may have felt forced, or changes have occurred since the time the settlement was entered. Over time, the settlement agreement may need to be changed in family court.Call us today on 201-706-7910.


A recent case we had in the Hudson County Family Court in Jersey City, New Jersey brought by our firm by way of post-divorce motion seeking to modify the marital settlement agreement and seeking to enforce other aspects of the marital settlement agreement in which our client’s former spouse refused to permit parenting time over and over again. We were able to show the court that a significant change in circumstances warranted the need to modify the agreement. In the case, dad moved out of state and as time went on, he could no longer exercise his monthly parenting time in New Jersey but mom refused to cooperate to permit the monthly parenting out of state and blocked key parenting times during Christmas and other holidays. Completely unacceptable to any parent.

The court agreed that because dad was no longer able to have visits here (except in a hotel), that the monthly visits will occur out of state and found that mom violated key provisions of the agreement and was ordered to pay counsel fees and was warned that if she would return to court blocking parenting time that she would also be sanctioned.  Additionally, dad was also awarded 9 weeks of summer time parenting time in his new state. In the end, it was a great day for fathers who seek to have as much parenting time as possible and a great day showing that marital settlement agreements can be modified when necessary.

The Artusa Law Firm is skilled in matrimonial and post divorce applications in New Jersey. We can help you determine if a motion or application is ripe or if you will be wasting your time by failing a claim. If you have been served with papers by your former spouse and need representation in family court, we can help you with that as well. Our office is located in the Capital One Building, 35 Journal Square, 8th Floor, Suite 825, Jersey City, New Jersey 07306. Our office line is 201-706-7910.

For information about all of our areas of practice visit: JERSEY CITY DIVORCE LAWYER.


Knowing When to Walk Away in Domestic Disputes

Every Couple I know, has fought one way or another, over one thing or another whether it is over finances, infidelity, in-laws, drug and alcohol issues and beyond, people argue, it is part of being a human being. The question is when is it time to walk away? Some times one of the parties need to get up and leave for the short term or leave for good. Some situations can easily rise to the level of no return and that is the last thing anyone needs. If a situation is getting worse and you have expressed your desire to be left alone, to have the person stop contacting you, to stop harassing you or invading your personal space in your home, it may be wise to leave. It could be wise to take a picture of the person who is fighting with you and a picture of yourself especially if you have been hit or physically hurt in anyway. The goal is to be able to walk away before things get violent or arguments happen in front of the children, they do not need to see that.

Domestic Violence includes: harassment, assault, criminal mischief, sexual assault, stalking, terroristic threats, lewdness, criminal trespass, burglary, criminal sexual contact, false imprisonment, kidnapping, criminal restraint, and homicide.

You may be married, you may live together, you may be dating, you may have a child together, either way, when it appears that there is no turning back or you need to protect yourself and seek an attorney to help you through the family law or criminal courts, contact us on 201-706-7910.

Settling a Family Law/Divorce Dispute vs. Going to Trial

During the divorce process or a different family law dispute, you have an opportunity to resolve your case through a settlement agreement or by having a judge decide. When you have a judge decide, what you get is a decision. With a decision, many people feel the judge does not know or missed certain points but the truth is, judges are busy and try to be fair to both parties but often, in family court, the outcome is worse than reaching an agreement. When making an agreement, both parties have input, in a trial, it is one person against another and many times what is said is lost somewhere in the middle. A sign of a reasonable deal is where both parties made concessions and can live with the deal. On the other hand, when the Judge renders a final order, your say is finished (except for an even more costly appeal). When you have a family law or divorce case, do your best to work with a lawyer who wants to help you settle, or a lawyer who will mediate between the two of you. Aside from that, have the mindset that you want to resolve the matter too. Making completely unreasonable demands will only make the other side walk away from the table.

In the end, the best way to settle your case is to be prepared. A lack of preparation is a sure way to fail. Prepare, Prepare and Prepare more. If the other side knows you are ready to litigate, they will be more inclined to settle.

Best Divorce Attorney in New Jersey, How to Determine?

Martindale Award for Client Distinction 2015
Martindale Award for Client Distinction 2015

People often ask or look for the “best divorce attorney in New Jersey, in Jersey City, in Morristown, etc”. Who is best depends more on you than on the attorney. Each case is different and the results will vary greatly depending on the facts, the judge, the timing, etc.

What maybe great about one lawyer (writing skills), maybe second to court presence for another lawyer. To me, you need a bit of both. You need to be a great writer, reader, analyzer, speaker, have a great presence in the courtroom, you need to be able to think quick, argue respectfully, treat the court respectfully and of course, show your client respect. There is no simple solution to who is the best lawyer anywhere, but researching or better yet, meeting with the prospective attorney to see if you have professional chemistry with that lawyer. There are many sites that rate attorneys, I am on several of these sites including

If you seek a professional consultation about your family law or divorce situation, contact my office today on 201-706-7910. We are located at 35 Journal Square, Jersey City, NJ 07306.