Divorce in Jersey City, NJ Hudson County

New Jersey Divorce Attorney Santo Artusa Jr

The New Jersey Superior Court, Chancery Division-Family Part, Hudson Vicinage is located at 595 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ. “595” is where all family law issues are heard before the various judges that focus on family law matters that pertain to Hudson County residents who seek to file new motions, divorce cases, domestic violence/restraining orders, child custody, and/ or former Hudson County residents that seek to modify an old court order. Jersey City Attorney Santo Artusa focuses his practice primarily on family law matters in New Jersey. Mr. Artusa’s team is well versed in family law matters appearing before Judges Daniel D’Alessandro, Judge Maureen Mantineo, Judge Anthony D’Elia, Judge Mirtha Ospina, Judge Espinales, Judge Vito Scianclepore, arguing on behalf of their clients who seek: divorces, annulments, child custody, modifications of court orders, alimony, child support, domestic violence restraining orders, and beyond. If you have a case based in Hudson County and seek representation from attorneys that know and understand how to approach family law issues, contact the Artusa Law Firm today on 973-337-9643 to discuss your case confidentially.

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Questions You Need to Ask During a Divorce and/or Family Law Consultation

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Martindale Award for Client Distinction 2015
  1. How often do you practice family law or divorce cases?
  2. How often do you practice child custody cases?
  3. How do I start the divorce process?
  4. Typically how long does a divorce take?
  5. How much is a divorce?
  6. What is your hourly rate?
  7. Who will handle the case, which attorney?
  8. What if my spouse does not agree to the divorce?
  9. Am I able to obtain alimony or must I pay alimony?
  10. How is child support calculated?
  11. How often must I attend court?
  12. Do I have to attend marriage counseling?
  13. Do I have to attend parenting classes or mediation?
  14. We agree on everything, do we need to go to court?
  15. I cannot find my spouse, how can I get a divorce?

These are some very general questions people usually ask or should ask when meeting with an attorney. You should also feel comfortable with the attorney you meet because you will need to work together to achieve your case goals. For an appointment in our Jersey City office, contact us on 201-706-7910.

Best Divorce Attorney in New Jersey, How to Determine?

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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 avvo.com.

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.

DIVORCE LAWYER IN HUDSON COUNTY-Negotiating in Divorce Law in Hudson County and Bergen County New Jersey

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HUDSON COUNTY DIVORCE ATTORNEY-ARTUSA LAW FIRM         201-706-7910

As a Hudson County Divorce Attorney, I know the following all to well–A divorce in New Jersey does not go to trial unless on of the parties in the divorce action seeks to do so. It only takes one person to ruin a settlement negotiation and force a trial. While this is fine, you must be prepared and must prepare your divorce case as if you will go to trial from the onset. My team at the Artusa Law Firm is ready to try your divorce case regardless of which issues are in contention ranging from: alimony, child custody, parenting time, child support, equitable distribution, domestic violence/restraining order defense, attorneys fees and even the cause of action (adultery, extreme cruelty etc).

From the time I meet with someone in my Jersey City office, I try to understand what that individual’s case goals are, what are their motivating factors, which issues are more critical than others, are they willing to resolve the case without going to trial, are they willing to fight all the way?  The more information I have, the more I can use the tools I have and use the training I received throughout my life. While a divorce is determined in a court room, it is lawyers job to help the Judge visualize how my client’s life is outside of court, how their children are outside of court and how a detrimental order or judgment will affect everyday, real life. A lawyer needs to have the Judge involved in the case and to prevent the Judge from thinking this is just another file with different names, same issues.

A humble wise man once told me, “Negotiate from a position of strength, not weakness.” His name is Curtis Dahl, one of my first mentors and dear friend, who is not an attorney but a business man, father, mentor, uncle, and friend. What does that quote mean to a divorce attorney in Jersey City? Everything. You must be fully prepared to go all the way when negotiating in a family law, divorce law, or criminal law situation.

When Curt told me about negotiating in strength, I was 23 years old, and I had no idea what he was talking about but as time went on, I understood and I apply it daily in my family law litigation practice.

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NEW JERSEY DIVORCE LAWYERS

Why would someone negotiate with you if they know you are not prepared or are operating from weakness? They will, but they wont give an inch (if they know what they are doing of course). Preparation is key to excellent representation in any law practice but especially in family law where important matters of parenting time, divorce, child custody and beyond are decided and hard to reverse. By preparing, you are building and strengthening your case, enabling you to negotiate from a position of strength, not weakness.  The great Benjamin Franklin said it best, “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.” At the Artusa Law Firm we believe that preparing for a case is critical and is one of the reasons why people call us from all over the United States to represent them in their family law cases. For more information about me, visit : Hudson County Jersey City Divorce Lawyer.

If you have a family law issue or divorce in Jersey City, Hudson County or beyond, contact us today on 201-706-7910.

The divorce process in Hudson County, New Jersey

The following information concerns the divorce process in Hudson County, New Jersey, one of the busiest courts in the State of New Jersey.

Step One- The creation of the divorce papers. The person filing the divorce is the Plaintiff and shall remain the Plaintiff for as long as the case goes on. The Judge takes no interest in who filed for divorce first, so if you are second and are considered the Defendant, don’t panic.

Step Two- The filing of the divorce. Once the divorce papers are signed and notarized, the papers are filed on the first floor of 595 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ. The filing fee is $250 or $275 depending on if children/custody is at issue.

Step Three- The docket number and serving your spouse. This can be easy or stressful, depending on if you still reside together or not. If its unexpected, I would imagine, it is stressful, if it has been discussed and planned, then less stressful. You can have your spouse served or your spouse can sign an acknowledgement of service.

Step Four- 35 days. After service, your spouse has 35 days to respond to the divorce or he or she CAN WAIVE his or her right to answer if he signs an acknowledgment of service and waiver of answer.

Step Five- If he or she has signed, move for default. If he or she contests, check my blog on contested issues.

Step Six- Prepare the divorce judgment and go to court, YOU are DIVORCED. If you hire an attorney, a court date could be waived in Hudson County.

If you have a divorce case in Hudson County, contact the team at the Artusa Law Firm today on 201-706-7910.