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.

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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.

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 973-337-9643 today.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DIVORCE AND TAXES

For a New Jersey Divorce Lawyer practicing out of Hudson County with many clients coming from the ever growing areas of Jersey City, the main focus in divorce actions in Hudson County-New Jersey and in Northern New Jersey are usually about alimony, child support, child custody, parenting time and the division of assets, tax planning and understanding the tax ramifications of making certain settlements is just as important as the settlement itself. As a New Jersey Divorce Attorney, I am not a tax expert but I do know many important elements of taxation and how settling your divorce in certain ways can help minimize tax implications and maximize tax benefits to help you mitigate any money that must be paid or that will be received to or from your spouse.

ALIMONY AND TAXATION-WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Alimony is a monetary transfer between spouses. Internal Revenue Code 215 (IRC 215) addresses the topic of deducting such payments (the payor). One advantage of paying a higher amount of alimony versus child support is that alimony is tax deductible while child support never is.  Furthermore, not only is alimony a tax deduction but it is a deduction that lowers the adjusted gross-income of the payor which is much better than an itemized one. Itemized deductions on the other hand can be limited to 2% of the overall gross income and after that, you lose the tax benefit.

For the person receiving alimony, that person must claim the alimony as income which does provide a benefit in the sense that this “earned income” can be used on the tax filings which permits the spouse to make contributions to an IRA for retirement planning. (IRC 219-f-1). However, if the parties agree that the alimony payments will not be subject to taxation and deductions, that is permitted under the law (Treasury Regulation 1.71-T(b)(A-8)).

The payment and tax planning of alimony can work out for both parties if done correctly. Depending on the income tax brackets of the parties, a plan can be created through income shifting to take advantage of the tax code.

PAYMENTS THAT QUALIFY AS ALIMONY
Payments that are considered alimony according to the Internal Revenue Code must:
1- Be part of a divorce or separation which includes: A court decree or separate maintenance, or a written instrument incident to such a decree.
2-Any other court decree requiring one spouse to make payments for the support/maintenance of the other spouse.
3- A written separation agreement entered into by the spouses.

The alimony payments must also be made in cash which includes, checks, money orders. Services cannot be exchanged and considered alimony.

CHILDREN AND TAX DEDUCTIONS- CHILD SUPPORT IS NOT TAX DEDUCTIBLE BUT THE CHILD TAX DEDUCTIONS CAN BE USEFUL IN YOUR TAX PLANNING

The dependency exemptions are also important in the divorce planning/child custody-support process. Post 1985-The custodial parent is entitled to this tax benefit unless the non-custodial parent and the custodial parent reach an agreement in writing as to the deductions and sign the written declaration Tax Form 8332, (2) Where a multiple support agreement exists. Multiple support relates to where no one person is paying for more than 50% of the support of the child (sometimes when the child lives in a home with the mother, grandparents, uncles, etc., who can argue they all contribute to the home expenses, food, etc.).

The Child Tax Credit

Under President Clinton, The Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 became effective in 1998. This credit begins to phase out after a certain AGI is reached. So in divorce and tax planning , using the child tax deduction may not be wise for the higher earning spouse because of the income phase outs. The credit itself is not substantial alone in that it is worth about $500 per qualifying child, however, it is always better for the IRS to send you a refund then you sending them a check so try to utilize as many credits as possible and consider it in the divorce.

TAXES AND EQUITABLE DISTRIBUTION IN NEW JERSEY (ASSET DIVISION)

Retirement Plans- One of the bigger assets people tend to have or that couples tend to build their assets with are retirement plans. The company 401k, an IRA, A Roth IRA, etc. To transfer the assets in the plan to a spouse regarding a divorce, a Qualified Domestic Relations Order is needed or a QDRO. This prevents any taxation or penalties form the IRS when this transfer occurs. However, the QDRO does not prevent future taxation when money is taken out of the 401k or other retirement asset.

Marital Residence in New Jersey-Transferring your stake in the property to your spouse will not subject you to taxation, however, if the house is sold, you must check with your accountant to discuss the cost basis and so forth to determine tax liability. The marital residence carries with it many tax benefits if one spouse is to keep the property and if the spouse or the parties agree to sell it, there are many ways to defer tax liabilities if proper tax planning is done. For example, if one spouse takes his or her share of the net proceeds and rolls these proceeds into another property after the divorce and certain conditions are met, each spouse can elect to take advantage of a $125,000 exclusion, if both do, $250,000 is the maximum ($125,000 each).  If the property is sold during the divorce, the exclusion may be limited to $125,000 total. If the property is held and to be sold at a later date (more than 2 years after the divorce), the spouse that leaves the residence and loses the “principal residence” status can lose his or her ability to use their $125,000 exclusion for their half interest and then suffer major tax consequences. For information about divorce and settling your case with different assets to work with, read our article on lexis nexis about New Jersey Divorce Lawyer with financial background and how that can help your case.

Let us move on to the TAX FILING STATUS

If you are married or divorced on December 31 of that tax year, that is your tax status. For example, you filed for divorce in November of 2014 but are still married as of December 31, 2014, you would still be considered married for tax purposes. However, if you have your divorce judgment on or before December 31 of the tax year, you are divorced and can claim single on your taxes.

So in conclusion, when you are seeking a divorce in New Jersey, have assets, have children, there are more considerations than, just split everything or whatever wrong information people out there will tell you. There is a lot involved in a divorce in New Jersey. New Jersey is an equitable distribution state, has strict child support and alimony laws among other things so it is very important in planning your future to hire an experienced and caring attorney who will look out for pitfalls and future problems. The team at the Artusa Law Firm is heavily devoted to family law and divorce issues throughout the State of New Jersey including but not limited to: Hudson County, Bergen County, Essex County, Middlesex County and Union County. To setup a consultation in our Jersey City office or over the phone, give us a call on 201-706-7910. To read more bout our work, visit: Artusa Law Firm-Divorce Lawyers of Jersey City.

For information about where New Jersey family court and divorce  cases are heard in New Jersey and where our main office is located, please visit our custom map below.

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TOP 7 QUESTIONS AND TIPS ABOUT PARENTING TIME IN NEW JERSEY

As a New Jersey Family Law and Child Custody Attorney in Hudson County, I am going to share some of the questions I hear during many of my family law consultations with regard to parenting time/visitation, child custody in my Jersey City, New Jersey office.

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My ex girlfriend or spouse will not let me see my kids, do I need a court order in NJ?

Answer: While you do not need a court order to see your kids, if the mother or father does not let you see them, you do need a court order so that you have rights on paper, signed by a Judge. If he or she fails to honor that order, he or she can be held in contempt of court, be fined, and/or lose custody if it continues. NJ Child custody and parenting time attorney Santo Artusa and his team can help yo if you have a dispute with the custodial or non-custodial parent.

The mother only lets me see the children when she is around, is that fair? 

Absent certain circumstances (drugs, dangerous conditions, etc), you should be able to have parenting time without supervision. If she does not agree, you should hire an attorney and get your parenting rights on paper. You have equal rights. For more information about child custody and parenting time laws and issues in NJ, visit our page here.

artusalawfirmparentingtimeI have a court order and/or divorce judgment giving me parenting time but he or she does not comply, what can be done? 

Persistence is key. Filing an enforcement motion to enforce litigants rights for each time he or she disobeys an order, will get the Judge’s attention and one way or another, the non-complying parent will begin to follow the order or face legal consequences. Another important factor is to keep good records and obtain incident reports for every time the person does not comply. For information about our NJ enforcement services, visit this page.

new jersey child custody lawyerI want to see my kids more, what can I do?

If you and the custodial parent cannot agree, you should seek relief from the family court, seeking a definitive parenting schedule. The more of a detailed plan you have to see your kids, the better. The less chance you and the difficult parent will avoid war in family court or outside when you try to see your kids. Avoid this. Life can be hard enough, you do not need more stress. For information about how child support and parenting time are related, visit: New Jersey Child Support Lawyer.

Can I take my children on vacation out of the country or out of State? 

For out of the country, you would need the other parents consent. If he or she denies the consent, you must bring a court application to be permitted to travel with the kids out of the country with the itinerary, contact information, etc. For out of state, you usually need to inform the other party but do not need his or her consent unless there is a court order indicating so.

Do I need a family law attorney to file for parenting time? 

You can file by yourself, but it is suggested to hire an experienced family lawyer that can help you navigate through the New Jersey Family Law Courts and present your case for you.

When I have parenting time, the other parent calls me like 10 times in a day, is that fair or necessary?

You should permit open contact when you have the kids but it should not be more than 1 or 2 times in a day. You deserve your free time with your children.

The father of my children always brings the children back late, what can I do about it? 

Again, through an enforcement motion, the parent can be held in contempt because he must respect your time and you should respect his. Being 10-20 minutes late is one thing, but if he or she is late more than 45 minutes or more, you should address this in court, you have a life, you have plans too!

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My child is doing terrible in school and the mother is doing nothing about it, and my child keeps missing school or is late, what can be done? 

Depending on more information, you may have a case for residential custody and or more parenting time.

Thank you for reading my sample questions and answers about parenting time issues. If you feel you have a parenting time case or possibly a child custody case in Hudson County, Jersey City,  or anywhere in New Jersey, contact my team at the Artusa Law Firm today on 201-706-7910 for professional representation. For more information about all of the legal services we offer in New Jersey, visit: Artusa Law Firm. For information about where family court cases are decided in New Jersey, visit our custom map below:

 

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How To Be Divorced Fast in Jersey City-Key Tips

Divorce Lawyers in Jersey City and throughout America are in the midst of the “Divorce Rush” that happens every January after the Holiday season. People are so surprised when I tell them how busy the first Monday of January is and the weeks/months that follow. Some people incorrectly assume that when they hear the word divorce, they think all of the cases involve a family breaking up or people that still live together calling it quits. While that is true at times, there are many “dead” marriages where the parties have not lived together in years, have not spoken in years, do not have children or if they do, the non-custodial parent is not around or cannot be located. Every case is very different and fact specific.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW AND WHAT TO STAY AWAY FROM

There are services out there that will complete the divorce paperwork for you and let you do the rest. If you have the time to spare, go for it, if you work or are busy, do not waste your time with a service, hire an experienced divorce lawyer to handle the case for you so you can focus on what is important to you. Dealing with any court takes persistence and patience, especially a busy court such as the Hudson County Superior Court. Hudson is one of the busiest courts in New Jersey for divorce, family law, criminal and civil actions.

WHEN YOU ARE READY TO FILE, SPEAK TO YOUR SPOUSE BEFORE YOU FILE AND LET YOUR SPOUSE KNOW YOU WANT HIM OR HER TO SIGN OR IF NOT TO REACH AN ACCORD. WE CAN HELP YOU WITH REACHING AN AGREEMENT TOO. 

IF YOU CANNOT LOCATE YOUR SPOUSE, WE CAN HELP YOU TOO BUT IT WILL TAKE LONGER, BUT IT WILL GET DONE!

After the slow season in December, the courts are buzzing with people who want to address their New Year’s resolutions, tons of papers to file, lines to file and trying to get court dates for new cases while old cases are trying to be completed. If you seek to move forward with a divorce or family law case, contact the team at the Artusa Law Firm which is located in the Capital One Building in Jersey City (921 Bergen Avenue) on 201-706-7910 today for a confidential appointment.

HUDSON COUNTY DIVORCE AND THE DISCOVERY PROCESS

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In a divorce or other litigation case in New Jersey, the only way to know if you have a good case or good settlement position is to conduct discovery. What is discovery? Discovery is the process of obtaining pertinent information from the other side in the case. For example, in a divorce in New Jersey where one person seeks to obtain alimony, it is necessary to obtain income information from the other side for at least three years. Income information including but not limited to: tax returns, W2, bonus information, stock options/grants, pay stubs, New Jersey Family Part Case Information Sheet, deferred compensation information. Your attorney would seek this by way of a notice to produce/demand for the production of documents, during the discovery period. Failing to provide the documents can lead to sanctions, fines and/or a dismissal of a person’s answer with or without prejudice under the court rules of New Jersey. Jersey City divorce attorney Santo Artusa and his team are well seasoned in the discovery and motion practices of divorce court in Hudson County-New Jersey.

Aside from requesting document production in a divorce, a party can request that the other party answer interrogatories. Failure to answer those leads to a violation of New Jersey Rule R-4:18-1; R-4:23. Aside from these written requests, a party can request to depose witnesses or other party involved in the case. Depositions are extremely valuable information seeking/obtaining tools. The depositions permit the attorney and his client the chance to question the opposing party with little to no preparation, whereas an interrogatory can have “canned” answers and use diversion in the answers because it is not face to face. Furthermore, once a deposition begins and a party is sworn, the deponent and his counsel are permitted very few chances to consult, similar to being on the stand in a trial. You also have the ability to ask follow up questions that you cannot do with paper questions and see how the witness holds up under pressure. Being questioned and/or in court is a stressful experience and if your attorney knows that, this information only permits you to have a stronger settlement position than one against a person who has been in and out of court many times.

best new jersey divorce attorneyDISCOVERY AND APPRAISALS

Divorce cases tend to focus on the assets acquired during the course of the marriage and one of those assets may be the marital home or investment properties. The value of an asset is what someone is willing to pay for it so aside from placing an asset on the market, the other way to obtain a value is to have 1-2 appraisals done on the property to get an average value of the property. The appraisers can be brought to court to testify if a value is in dispute and the appraiser can also be deposed prior to trial.

EXPERT WITNESSES

An expert witness report is hearsay without testifying about it in court. The report is useful in negotiations and so forth but in a trial, the report cannot be used without the expert. The rules and factors covering hearsay in New Jersey are: N.J.R.E. 802. A person must be able to cross-examine a witness as to how he or she came to their conclusion, and before that, question if the person is really an expert or not. Again, the expert witness can be deposed prior to testifying in court. In Hudson County, the family court and all divorce trials are heard at 595 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07306 in the “green monster” or “high court.”

Once discovery is complete and/or your attorney has obtained pertinent information that will permit intelligent/fully informed negotiations, settlement offers can begin to be exchanged and you can be assured that any deal you make is with the full knowledge and information you need to make an informed decision. Hopefully you will only get divorced once, and if that is the case, you do not want to “just get it over with” and regret it years down the line.Divorce, like other litigation, can be viewed as a form of war. The weapons of this kind of war involve paper and information, yet these weapons can strike just as hard as a gun if used correctly. And like any war, the other side should know you are fully read to fight all the way or they will have little to no incentive to negotiate in good faith.

When a party is unwilling to conduct discovery or violates certain discovery rules, a motion to dismiss without prejudice can be brought and ultimately a motion to dismiss with prejudice can be brought which will suppress the answer of the opposing side, leading to a default where the non-defaulting party can seek the relief they are asking for without a trial but still before a Judge who will decide if the relief sought meets the legal criteria. So for example, if one party has had custody of a child and the other party has never even seen the child, just because the one party defaults does not mean that a transfer of custody will take place, the best interests of a child still remain paramount and the Judge must make a determination with that in mind.

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Discovery is a critical part of a divorce case in NJ. There are ample tools that an attorney can utilize for the benefit of his client and like anything else, having the tools alone is not enough, knowing how to use them is. If you are considering a divorce or have been served with divorce papers in NJ whether in Jersey City, Hoboken, Hackensack, Union City, Union, Alpine, Bayonne, West Orange or beyond, contact my team at the Artusa Law Firm of Jersey City today for a confidential consultation on 201-706-7910.

JUDGE NESLE RODRIGUEZ HUDSON COUNTY FAMILY COURT

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Do you have a Jersey City child custody, parenting time, divorce, or family law case in Jersey City-Hudson County Family Court?

  • Do you have an upcoming case before Judge Nelse Rodriguez in Jersey City?
  • The Hudson County Family Law and Divorce Lawyers at the Artusa Law Firm can help you immediately. Contact us today to see if we will accept your case on 201-706-7910, we can help.

Do you have a case before the Honorable Judge Nesle Rodriguez in the Jersey City-Hudson County Family Court located at 595 Newark Avenue, Room 706, Jersey City, NJ? Judge Rodriguez hears and decides child custody, child support, divorce, parenting time, college contribution costs, medical reimbursements, enforcement of court orders, motions to reconsider, emergency hearings and beyond. As of the time of this blog, the Judge is only one of three judges focusing on matrimonial issues in Jersey City-Hudson County, which is crazy if you think about it because the court is considered a high volume courthouse. Judge Rodriguez was the head judge in the Jersey City Municipal Court prior to her appointment to the Superior Court. Judge Carlo Abad became the head judge in the municipal court in courtroom 4 located at 365 Summit Avenue, Jersey City, NJ.

The majority of cases heard by Judge Rodriguez were driving while intoxicated, driving while impaired, criminal cases, drug possession cases and other matters. In the family court, the Judge tries to focus on solution to family law issues between the parties without having to issue a judgment or order if she does not have to. It is her belief, like many judges that people benefit from have input as to the relief they seek instead of a family law judge who is trying to figure out what the truth is. The Judge pays particular attention to the credibility of the parties, their demeanor, their respect for the court and like always, their appearance.

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EXPERIENCE BEFORE JUDGE RODRIGUEZ

My office has successfully appeared before Judge Rodriguez in Jersey City Family Court for numerous cases including: divorce trials, uncontested divorces, settled divorces by way of property settlement agreement, consent orders, New Jersey child custody applications, emergency proceedings, New Jersey child support modifications, motions to reconsider, alimony modifications, motions to release passports, motions to permit travel outside of the United States, motions to relocate out of the State of New Jersey, emancipation cases, child tax deduction disputes, and parenting time cases/parenting time modifications.

While every case is different, it is very important to know the style of the Judge you appear before. Knowing what to say and what not to say is very important when presenting a case before a family court judge in New Jersey because the judge is the jury in a family law case. Knowing your audience will only give you a better chance to persuade the court for your client. For example, you would not argue before a blind judge that your client who can only see out of one eye cannot work, the Judge will throw you out of the court! (not really but I do not think your argument will go far). Jersey City family court attorney Santo Artusa and his team are skilled in child custody and child support related issues before Judge Rodriguez, Judge Ospina and other Jersey City-Hudson County Judges in family court. We are ready to represent your interests today. Our office is located less than half a mile from the Jersey City courts including the family and criminal courts and we can help you today, even on short notice. We can be reached for a consultation on the phone on 201-706-7910 to see if it makes sense to work together on your issue.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU RECEIVE COURT PAPERS TO APPEAR IN COURT OR RECEIVED MOTION PAPERS FOR JERSEY CITY-HUDSON COUNTY

If you received court papers indicating you must appear in court or motion papers that indicate you must respond in writing to the Jersey City-Hudson County Family Courty, you should contact a  local Jersey City family law attorney immediately as you only have a certain amount of time to respond to the paperwork you received.

For information about other family law Judges in Hudson County Family Court click on the links :such as Judge Mark Baber or Judge Arre or Hudson County Family Law Judges.

If you have a family law case before the Judge and seek legal representation in Jersey City-New Jersey, please contact  us on 201-706-7910 today for a confidential appointment.

 

 

JERSEY CITY DIVORCE LAWYER AND THE ART OF WAR

“Never, Never, Never give up.”

My name is Santo Artusa and I am a Jersey City Divorce and Child Custody Attorney. I recently read an article by a divorce attorney who was providing information as to how to choose a divorce lawyer. The read was very interesting as she coined it “The El Paso Test.” Essentially it came down to with many qualified attorneys to handle your case, if you can afford them, how do you select an attorney out of that bunch? Her take focused on a long journey in a car with guess who, the attorney you hired. Would you last the grueling 8 hour ride? Would you drive each other mad?
My approach is similar to hers. However, instead of a simple car ride in Texas, my focus is on war and the similarities and characteristics one needs to make it through a divorce that is essentially a “civil war.” In every war, there are battles that are won, battles that are lost, and lastly battles that nobody wins. Either way, regardless of how many battles have been won or lost, you must pick yourself up and keep marching to the end battle which decides the war. In a divorce case, you want someone that can handle the frequent battles in court and that can keep fighting regardless of minor setbacks.

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“Never, never, never give up” as Sir Winston Churchill said when dealing with daily bombings from the Nazis. While you want someone that can be intense and remain focused regardless of what bomb has just gone off, you also want someone with levity and believe it or not, humor by your side. If you do not take the time to be grateful for what you have, even in the midst of a very difficult situation, or to downplay the seriousness of a setback, the war may be lost before the first battle has begun. When choosing a divorce lawyer, do not fall for the ” I have 30 years of experience and I know it all.” Frankly, some attorneys that have 30 years of experience cannot handle the intense competition in today’s legal world and the more complex court rules of today. Furthermore, do not fall for the semantics such as “combined we have 300 years of legal experience” but yet the associate that is actually doing all the work has 2 years of experience and has only been to court a handful of times. Furthermore, whether your case goes well or not, that attorney is simply looking for a paycheck from his or her employer.

A divorce is unlike many other legal fields. The effects of each court order or the final trial order have an immediate and lasting impact. Working with an attorney that you feel comfortable with and that believes in your case is worth more than working with the most brilliant lawyer who is faking his or her way through the case. The Judges of today are smart, but they are still human. They come from many different backgrounds. For the most part, they will not fall for the fake play acted in front of them nor will they fall for the unethical games played at times which seek to pervert the truth for their own gain.

The hiring of an attorney is similar to electing your political representative. If your attorney does not believe in your position, why would you hire him? Why would you want someone to argue and fight for you if they do not believe in your goals? Don’t! If your local politician held much different views than you, would you vote for him or her? No. And with that being said, in battle and in war, you cannot fake it. You cannot hold back or hesitate because if you do, you will lose. The same applies to divorce and family law. When it comes time to hire an attorney with something as important as divorce, child custody, and other related matters, think for a moment…….Is this the person I want on my side during difficult and trying times? Has this person been through difficult times and has overcome them? These questions override any resume or sales pitch.

Until then, good luck to you and choose wisely or the war will be lost.

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