FATHER’S RIGHTS LAWYER HUDSON COUNTY

SEEKING A DIVORCE OR FAMILY COURT ATTORNEY FOR MEN IN HUDSON COUNTY, NEW JERSEY? THE ARTUSA LAW FIRM CAN HELP YOU TODAY.

 



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Hudson County Child Custody Lawyer Santo Artusa

For years, fathers were beaten up in family court when they went for child custody, parenting time, child support, divorce and so forth, with the right lawyer, that day has ended. Jersey City Father’s Rights Attorney Santo Artusa has represented hundreds of fathers successfully in obtaining custody, child support and other related family law matters in Hudson, Essex, Union and Bergen Counties in New Jersey. Fathers are equal to mothers and the Artusa Law Firm is skilled in representing fathers who seek custody or simply, equal rights with their children.  Lead family law and divorce attorney was once a litigant in family court trying to find his way to see his child, he knows the pain and what is needed to prevail. Nothing is more precious than the time you have with your children and the wisdom you can give them. That is equal for both men and women.

“Before I was a family law attorney in New Jersey, I was a single father living in New York fighting to see my daughter. I learned about family court quickly because I could not see my daughter without a court order. You name the obstacle, I had to overcome it. Supervised visits check, false claims check, police involvement, check.  I hired a lawyer in Manhattan who knew very little about family law and he was my guide getting me more lost than I was before, stumbling through oral arguments and the facts of my case. Family law is not for the faint of heart and not for those who cannot argue effectively in court, family lawyers must possess that skill, I do, as do all the attorneys that work with me, it is not optional, it is mandatory.”  Santo V. Artusa, Jr., Esq.  To read about some of our recent cases, visit: News From The Courthouse

Hudson County Child Custody Attorney
Hudson County Jersey City Child Custody Lawyer

It is so important to communicate to the Judge in your case right away, that the father in the case is equal to the mother even if the father cannot have custody (residential) and can only see the child on weekends because of work or other familial relationships. One should not be judged for have a child out of wedlock, while married or after leaving the mother, that has no bearing on the quality of a father the person is. While I believe we should all try to raise our children in one home, mother and father with the kids, but many times it is just not going to happen. The main focus should be the father that wants to be with his kids whenever he can and he is consistent. Those are the fathers we choose to represent in New Jersey Family Court. To read about our recent victories, read our New Jersey Family Court Lawyer press release.

 

We handle the following father’s rights cases in Hudson County, New Jersey and beyond:

If you are a father and seek representation from someone that knows what it is like to fight to see your child, to fight to be equal, contact the Hudson County New Jersey Family Law Team at the Artusa Law Firm today on 201-706-7910 where we believe in father’s rights and equality. You can also contact us via email here:

NEW JERSEY DIVORCE-5 REASONS IT WILL BE THE BEST THING YOU EVER DO

@HUDSON COUNTY FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY SANTO ARTUSA OF JERSEY CITY……..Yep, Yes I said it. Divorce may be the best thing you ever do in your life for yourself. While you are thinking about it, have decided to do it, are stressed out, are unsure of many factors, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. While I do not profess to be someone who believes the grass is greener I do believe that if you have some control and you are able to cut out toxic parts of your life, it may be the best decision you ever make. As a very busy divorce lawyer in Jersey City, New Jersey, I meet with young professionals daily who have just had enough. Whether it is because of an arranged marriage, whether it is the constant bickering, whether it is that you lost yourself because you have been trying to please someone that cannot be pleased, either way, you are done, finito! Trust me, I understand and I can explain reasons from a New Jersey divorce lawyer’s perspective to make it even clearer.

Benefits to obtaining a divorce sooner rather than later

  • If you divorce early on you may not have accumulated many assets to divide. As you get older, you will be able to accumulate assets that your former spouse will never be entitled to. For the new spouse- prenuptial agreement!
  • When there is less to divide, the divorce can be finalized much faster!
  • As you get older, you will earn more. When you earn more, you pay more in alimony. Everybody who pays alimony, hates alimony but again, they are free now so the monthly check may very well be worth it to them.
  • You are still young and can find the right person that respects you, cares for you, and you can actually enjoy your life. Who would have thought?
  • The level of animosity and stress is felt by the kids while you remain in a troubled relationship setting the stage that the children believe this is what a marriage is all about. Is that what marriage is about? I know it does not have to be, but it is up to you to admit it is not.
  • Regardless of money, you will rid yourself of a toxic relationship that affects every part of your life.
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Jersey City Divorce Attorney Santo Artusa

My name is Santo Artusa, Jr., Esq. I am a divorce attorney in Jersey City, New Jersey focusing on divorce and family law issues throughout the Garden State, in every county in New Jersey whether it is an actual divorce, annulment, child custody case, parenting time, alimony, child support, domestic abuse, equitable distribution/assets division, divorcing someone outside of the United States, my team and I are skilled in matrimonial litigation in New Jersey. If you have a case and seek a consultation, call my team on 201-706-7910 today for an in person or phone consultation to determine if we should work together. Or if you prefer, we can contact you after you fill out our contact form below:

4 NJ DIVORCE MYTHS DESTROYED

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

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

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

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

Anyway friends, until next time, thank you for reading and contact me if you seek a divorce attorney in New Jersey.

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DIVORCING SOMEONE YOU STILL CARE FOR BUT HATE RIGHT NOW

How to end a marriage when you know its over but you still care for your spouse or you may hate your spouse now but do not want harm to come to him or her. We can help in our Jersey City divorce law office today.

While we are Jersey City Divorce Lawyers, we are human and understand people as our practice is about people. You decided to file divorce papers in New Jersey, you are seeking New Jersey divorce lawyers and want to move on with your life. This is a big step. You may be thinking, “I can’t believe that son of a bitch cheated on me” or ” I cant believe he leaves the house for weeks and then just comes home” ” I can’t believe she spent my whole bonus on shoes!” or on and on. You may be very angry, you may be upset, you may want vengeance and you may also still care for this person that you have been married to for years, I would hope so. Marriage is a big deal to me, marriage and family is a big deal to me. I hope even if you are at the end of this journey, you can still reflect back to when you would do anything for this person or still care for this person because you have memories in common, children in common, etc. Maybe that is not the case for you but I hope it is because anger will only get you so far. To think clearly you want to be calm and work with a divorce attorney that can stay calm under pressure and guide you accordingly. These are the best divorce attorneys for you.

When you are seeking a divorce, you need to know if you are certain that you really want a divorce. Second, you need to know what you want. Some people just want a divorce or annulment, some people want money, some people want child support, alimony, etc. Every case is unique but either way, an experienced divorce lawyer can help you understand your rights and what you need to do to obtain them. We can help you navigate the divorce process to ease some of your tensions and concerns. We have been there before and we have ourselves fought in family court for our on cases, we know what it is like, trust us.

As one of the experienced divorce attorneys in Jersey City, New Jersey who practices statewide, I prefer to have cases where there is hope for civility. It is best to move on with your divorce in a positive manner if possible for your well being and your children as well if you have kids. There will be disagreements, without a doubt but an argument or arguments can flush the bad out and get us on the road to fruitful negotiations and reaching an agreement that neither party is thrilled with but both parties can live with, this is the surest sign of a good settlement.

If you are seeking a divorce and you want to have a divorce that will not totally destroy your post divorce life with your ex for various reasons, contact me and my team on 201-706-7910 today to discuss your family law situation. You will be glad you did.

Did you Know? Divorce Does Not Have to Be so Bad

You hear it all the time, divorce is so bad, it is so painful, it is/was the worst experience of my life, the kids will be so upset, the kids will have bad relationships in the future, the kids this or that, my parents will say this or that, i didn’t try hard enough, the list goes on and on. IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE. When I did the Buddha’s divorce, he was smiling the whole time and when we were done, he smiled even more while we ate a great meal together in downtown Jersey City, it was awesome! (Yes I am a dreamer)

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While we know divorce was not one of our lifetime goals, it does not mean you failed or that it is the end. It is the end of the marriage but could be a new beginning for you and your family. What is very important to remember if you have children together is that you both have one thing in common: your unconditional love for your children. The children should not be used in divorce litigation to hurt the other party because in the end, the kids will get hurt. Another important thing to keep in mind is: do not go too far in your divorce case or the pain cause by trying to hurt your spouse may never go away and that will forever damage the need to co-parent. Don’t do it. Think of the kids first.

No for those who think they should just stay in a marriage for the kids,  Do you honestly think the kids do not know how miserable you are? Does your family not notice this? And shame on them if they do and did nothing about it, did not speak to you about it. This is not the 1950s where people were essentially forced to stay married or were shunned. While I do not agree with just giving up on a marriage, there does come a point where there is no return and if you do not save yourself, the whole ship will go down in flames. If you go down too far and can’t work, or can’t handle taking care of the kids, everybody loses so you must know when it is time to call it quits and get yourself back on track for everybody’s future.

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Think about this too. Your whole life, you were told to do this or that, go to school, go to work, have a family, etc. During that time, you may have lost yourself in that there is no time for you and yes, many times you do need some time for yourself. Once you are divorced, you will have time for your interests and the other times when you do have the kids, you may be more energized than you ever were when you were married and under the “house rules.” The fact is you can have your cake and eat it too. You can be a provider/caretaker of the kids and still have a life and the kids will see you are happy! Our children can read us better than a scholar at Oxford reading a poem.

While some aspects of a divorce can be hard for sure, you can get through it. You can handle it. You can find a way to improve your life and with that, your children and your family’s life will improve too. Who wants to be around someone that is always upset? irritable? angry? Nobody. Divorce can be a door to your new life where you focus on the aspects of your life that you need to improve or just a new point in your life that will focus on you, not your family’s expectations or anyone else for that matter, finally you.

New Jersey Divorce Lawyer Santo Artusa
New Jersey Divorce Lawyer Santo Artusa Martindale Award for Client Distinction 2015

As you may see, I am a divorce attorney in Jersey City and I also practice other key areas of law in Jersey City and the surrounding areas. When people come into my office, I am not selling them or trying to convince them to get a divorce, in fact, it is the opposite, I make sure they know this is what they want, I ask why they want it, what are the issues in the case that I can help them achieve and we go from there. As I said, if you can save your marriage you should try as hard as you can but if that levy has broken, it is time to start the cleanup and rebuild a stronger and happier you. Until next time, think positive and be safe. If you are interested in speaking with me about your case or a potential case in my Jersey City office, call 201-706-7910 today. If you would like to learn more about all of the legal services our Jersey City lawyers offer visit: Artusa Law Firm-Jersey City Lawyers.

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

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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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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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Shared Parenting and Divorce, When Does it Make Sense?

In the “old days” when people got divorced or when people decided not to live together anymore, the non-custodial parent would often have a “traditional” parenting schedule which usually consisted of every other weekend parenting time. This type of parenting time greatly limits a parents ability to actually parent and becomes the “fun” parent, taking the child to games, to activities while the custodial parent would make all the day to day decisions. This form of parenting time has been found to hurt children in some cases but in other cases, the children have stability and are not dizzy from all the back and forth from one home to the next. The age of the child is very important in the determination of parenting time. A child custody case can be a separate action or it could be part of a contested divorce.

In a recent case, the child was less than 5 years old. The father was not involved in the day to day activities and upbringing of the child despite lying under oath that he was very active. The father presented pictures of matching tooth brushes in the two different homes, matching plates, cups, etc., to avoid confusion. Well, his attempt failed as a child is not going to be confused about which color toothbrush will be there or what kind of dish he or she will eat on but the confusion comes to more important things which the absent father could not understand. For instance, the rules set by one parent may be different than the rules of the other, non-custodial parent. The bed time and routine of a young child is critical and if the parents cannot agree, a shared parenting schedule will not work at such a young age. Only an active parent would know that or someone with common sense, something that is often lacking in courts especially when litigants lie.

If you seek more information about child custody cases from Jersey City Child Custody Attorney Santo Artusa, click here. You can also click here to learn more about our child support cases and for our home page which outlines all of our family law services, click here.

We have successfully represented people concerning family law and divorce matters in the Hudson County Family Court, Essex County Family Court and other courts in New Jersey for parents in both situations. If you have a parenting time issue or custody case, contact us today for an appointment in our Jersey City office on 201-706-7910.

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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.