5 WAYS TO ACHIEVE THE SEAMLESS DIVORCE IN NEW JERSEY NJ

Einstein taught me how to achieve the seamless/no fault/uncontested divorce in New Jersey Family-Divorce Courts. And as you would suspect, genius lives in simplicity. As a Hudson County divorce lawyer representing people from Jersey City, North Bergen, Bayonne, Union City, Hoboken, Newark, Kearny, North Arlington, Elizabeth, Union, New Brunswick, Somerset and beyond, I know which courts offer the easiest divorces and which courts are slower and have more archaic methods. For instance did you know that certain New Jersey Family Courts do not require an appearance in court if you know what you are doing? Hudson and Somerset are just two counties that permit divorce on the papers (aka a divorce without going to court). We handle hundreds of these divorce cases each year, especially in Hudson County, New Jersey. Our satisfied clients have sent us countless referrals because of our work and knowledge of the Hudson County divorce courts and judges.

The first step in a divorce is really telling your spouse that you are going to file (this is much easier in cases where both parties already want this, the parties no longer live together as husband and wife, spouse and spouse). By doing this, there is no surprise which could lead to a major civil paper-divorce assault for no reason, so it is best to deal with it with kid’s gloves if it is an amicable divorce and mutual decision.

The second step would be either getting the terms of the divorce agreement down in writing or filing for the divorce in the New Jersey Superior Court-Family Part (Each County has one). One you file for the divorce, you will get a docket or case number. Your spouse will then need to sign for that or sign that he or she agrees to the terms listed in the divorce complaint or you have a marital/property settlement agreement.

The third step would be to file that paper which must be signed and notarized (acknowledgment of service) with the court. After that is done, you can file for a default and submit the next series of documents and the actual proposed final divorce judgment. Again, if you do it right in certain counties, you will never have to go to court and appear in a family law courtroom. My team and I know how to obtain that divorce or annulment for you in a seamless and limited stress fashion (we cannot control everything but we strive to make this as easy as possible for you and your spouse).

If you face a family law issue, domestic abuse, restraining orders, child custody, divorce, annulments or any other family law issue in Hudson County, New Jersey or beyond, contact my team on 201-706-7910 to discuss your situation further. Until then, thank you and Have a safe 4th of July! God Bless America!

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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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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:

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HUDSON COUNTY DIVORCE LAWYER: 5 REASONS YOU SHOULD HAVE A PARENTING SCHEDULE THROUGH THE FAMILY COURT

One of the biggest issues in family court-divorce court in New Jersey is: parenting time and child custody. As a family law attorney in Jersey City-Hudson County, I have represented 100s if not 1000s of people in family law-parenting time concerns in the Hudson County Family Court which is located at 595 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ. This article is intended to provide common sense tips in child custody/parenting time cases in New Jersey. I use my experience as an attorney and my life experience as a father to offer these tips from a different vantage point. Some points may be overstated or repeated in various articles I have written but it is because these tips are the same tips that work and help people over and over again. Each case is different but if the parents truly care for their children, which is always my hope, we can come to a parenting schedule that promotes parenting time for both parents. This is key for the well-being of the children. However, in cases were one parent is “toxic” or is trying to ruin the relationship between one parent and child, a stricter schedule and therapy may be needed, we can help you. Below are just five reasons why you should have a set parenting schedule:

  1. You and the children will benefit from a structured schedule. They will know where to be, what to expect, look forward to that time and so on. Less confusion, less problems.
  2. The set schedule will become a routine and the children will begin to have routines at the alternate residence to do homework, school projects, activities, etc.
  3. It gives you a set time for yourself which is needed between work, caring for the kids and all other things that you may need a rest from.
  4. The more detailed the plan, the lesser chance you will have fights and return to court. Make it as black and white as possible.
  5. With a set schedule, it gives your ex less of a chance to try to control you through the children and will limit unnecessary communication.

When the relationship is tense, in a divorce, leads to arguments, it is best to just have the rules set in a parenting schedule so a limit on needless communication is in effect and will only help you. If you have a family law case, domestic abuse/restraining order case, divorce in Hudson County, I suggest you give my office a call to discuss these matters further. We can be reached in our Jersey City office on: 201-706-7910.

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NEW JERSEY DIVORCE-MY SPOUSE DOES NOT WORK! HOW MUCH ALIMONY MUST I PAY?

View from a divorce lawyer in New Jersey concerning what some men and women call the freedom tax-ALIMONY—-You may get mad, you may be angry after you read this or you may be slightly relieved as to how much alimony you must pay to your spouse in New Jersey or if you are the dependent spouse, how much you can obtain in a New Jersey divorce court. As it depends on a case by case basis and alimony is not automatic in any divorce in New Jersey, as a Jersey City divorce lawyer that handles both contested and amicable divorces, I will explain the key factors in determining how much if any alimony you may have to pay because of the divorce.

First, lets assume your case is a case that can be deemed an alimony case. A case where there is a significant income gap between the spouses and that the marriage is more than 2 years (2 years is not the starting point by law, alimony can be awarded in shorter marriages and in some cases will not be awarded in marriages lasting only two years).

Ok, so you have an alimony case. For example you earn $150,000 per year and your spouse does not work. Your spouse has not worked the entire marriage. However, prior to your marriage, your spouse earned $75,000 per year or even if your spouse did not work and has the ability to work a certain job because he or she has a Masters Degree from Rutgers University (My Law School Alma Mater). What we would do then is seek employment statistics and/or use the United States Census data for the Northeast region to come up with a reasonable imputed income to use for the alimony and/or child support calculations because the court will not use zero for your spouse’s income especially if the marriage is less than 20 years. So, let us stay with $75,000. Again, while there is no absolute calculation, the court will try to see how the parties lived (to come up with or understand the economic lifestyle led). This is essentially the household budget, entertainment, a savings component, etc. Due to this, the alimony number can range dramatically but lets use what many call the “rule of thumb 1/3 rule.” This essentially means if you subtract your spouses 75k from your 150k, leaving 75,000 which you multiply by 33% and that will give you a round about number as to how much alimony may be. Again, alimony is not automatic, there are ways around alimony if you have assets but if you do not want to give more assets away and there is a sizable income gap, it could be an alimony case in reality. Now, alimony is a tax deduction for the payor and the more alimony you pay, the less child support you will pay which is a straight calculation (New Jersey Child Support Guidelines).

If you are facing a divorce or want to file for divorce in Hudson County, Essex County, Union County or beyond, my team and I at the Artusa Law Firm of Jersey City can help guide you every step of the way. Contact us on 201-706-7910 to discuss your case.

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NJ DIVORCE LAWYER:7 SIGNS YOU NEED TO FILE FOR DIVORCE

Views from the inside: Jersey City, New Jersey Divorce Lawyer Santo Artusa……Where did all the fun go? Where is the romance? Is this what marriage is supposed to be? ?Are we only married for show? As young adults enter “real adulthood” where they are married, have children, full-time jobs, bills due every other minute, more work, house work, etc. With that many couples begin to lose what was once them and after sometime, that “them” is no longer there and almost forgotten and lost like the loss of a loved one. You attend family functions, parties with friends, etc as a couple but do you really act like a couple in private or is this just to save face? Only you know this answer but look around, you may not be the only one, trust me. Comments about never having sex, never being able to do this or that, disrespecting your spouse to others whether your spouse is there or not. This can make people very sad, angry, you name it but inside you know that while life and marriage cannot always be fun, it does not or should not have to be all work and no play either. There must be a happy balance and there must be respect. As a divorce lawyer who is married with children, I witness and view life a little differently. Here are my 7 signs that you need a divorce:

  1. You do not remember the last time you had sex
  2. You do not remember the last time you had a date
  3. You do not remember trying to look good for your spouse
  4. Your spouse talks down to you consistently, verbally abuses you
  5. There is physical abuse
  6. You have no joy in seeing/speaking your spouse
  7. You are happy when your spouse is not home

While this is just a short list, some obvious (abuse of any kind), others not so much. Life is short and while the grass is not always greener, it is better to be somewhere where the grass is actually green rather than dead.

If you are looking to file for divorce in Jersey City, Hudson County or beyond, contact my Jersey City team on 201-706-7910. To view more about what we offer, visit: Artusa Law Firm-Jersey City Lawyers.

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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5 MOST COMMON REASONS/GROUNDS FOR DIVORCE AND WHY IT MATTERS

The five most common reasons people file for divorce in New Jersey aside from irreconcilable differences should not be surprising but the actual number of people who suffer from certain causes of actions/reasons for divorce may be surprising and why it is important should be known. As a New Jersey Divorce Lawyer in Jersey City, I have seen it all. While New Jersey is a no-fault state when pleading or using a cause of action in a New Jersey divorce which means that whether there is fault or not, the economics of the case may remain the same and the Judge may not use any of this information to change the economic ruling.

For example, cheating or adultery is a reason for divorce/cause of action used everyday. It is not used as often as before but people want the court to know why the divorce is happening and that it is not simply a mutually agreed breakup but rather one’s betrayal caused the breakup of the union.

Substance Abuse- A spouse’s continuous substance abuse/addiction issues is another reason that people file for divorce in New Jersey which suffers from a high right of opiate addictions.

Extreme Cruelty- Extreme cruelty is widely defined and can include adultery, mental abuse, physical/domestic abuse, harassment, sexual assault and other acts that someone should not be forced to live with.

Desertion- Another common reason for a divorce is that one party simply got up and left and never came back. A spouse cannot be forced to wait around forever for when their spouse decides to come back if ever.

Imprisonment- Yes, when a spouse goes to jail, sometimes the spouse that is out does not want to wait and wants to move on with his or her life.

While these causes of action may not affect the economic outcome of your case, for many people it is important for them to make it clear why they are dissolving the marriage/getting a divorce. If you are seeking a divorce in New Jersey for any reason or have a family law issue, contact my team on 201-706-7910 for an in person meeting or phone consult in our Jersey City office.

 

 

WHAT YOU REALLY WANT TO KNOW ABOUT DIVORCE IN NEW JERSEY IN 7 QUESTIONS-7

Einstein’s favorite color was green and his favorite number 7 so let’s stick with 7 very important questions that people should ask or do ask divorce lawyers when meeting with them to determine what to do at this point in their lives and I mean past the point of family meetings, interventions, marriage counseling, etc., the point where one party has left or one party needs to go for the sanity of the home, the kids, etc. Never easy, but sometimes it is what must be done. Remember, leaving the house never means losing your stake in the home itself so leave that issue alone for now. Lets focus on what you can do, should do and never do when you get to this point.

  1. My parents passed away, should I deposit that into our joint account since that is all we have? NO, NO, NO. Open your own account and place those funds there. Those funds are yours and not marital, keep those funds apart. You are allowed to open you own account an anytime during the marriage, during separation, etc. It is not against the law nor will you be punished for that.
  2. I hate my spouse because he cheated on me, I do not want him to see the kids, Can I do that? Think about this. Forget what you did or did not do, what your spouse did or did not do. Your kids do not deserve to be alienated from their father or mother because of your bitterness. Grow Up. Your kids will hate you in the end when the truth is revealed and if it is never revealed, the guilt of your purposeful alienation will haunt you when you kids struggle with adult relationships.
  3. I want to live in the house, can’t I just call the police to get my spouse out? Yes you can temporarily if they believe you are in fear but if you lose the restraining order, your spouse will be allowed back in and if you are found not to be credible, it will come up in the divorce case. Not good.
  4. My friends tell me I can get more money or that I don’t have to let my spouse see the kids, is this true? Your friends are your worst enemies in terms of legal advice. They do not know anything except what may have happened to them in their case. They do not know everything in your case no matter how you try to explain it. Focus on your case and listen to your divorce attorney.
  5. I want sole custody so I can make all decisions for our children, is that easy? No it is not. New Jersey favors joint custody unless you can show concerns, a lack or interest, a lack of communication, etc. However, it is important to remember that the primary or residential parent has many powers whether it is sole or joint custody in New Jersey.
  6. Does a Judge have to decide our issues? No. You can make a deal/settlement through mediation or arbitration. You can also agree together and it will be made in writing, The Judge only decides at the last resort and the court tries to help resolve your case along the way with the help of skilled divorce lawyers and deadlines.
  7. If we do not agree, how long will a divorce take? It can take 6 months to over one year depending on the issues involved. The more you can agree on (if anything) the faster the case can move.

These are just 7 questions that people have during divorce/family law consults in my firm. If you have a potential case, contact my team on 201-706-7910 to setup an appointment in our Jersey City location.

PAINLESS DIVORCE in New Jersey? DOES IT REALLY EXIST?

It is Really true…stress free, painless divorce in NJ-Jersey City-Artusa Law Firm!

Some may of heard of the painless divorce in New Jersey or the amicable divorce/uncontested divorce, similar to the tooth fairy, Santa Claus, having a cavity that is not painful, all with disbelief but it is possible to obtain a divorce without suffering and without pain, really it is true.

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What it takes to have a painless divorce is a clear plan and being willing to let certain things go if your spouse is not in agreement. If your spouse is in agreement, my staff and I can handle everything for you and will never have to enter a courtroom, ever! We can help you avoid the bickering, the uncomfortable feelings in court, the dreaded negotiations and extensive unnecessary paperwork if you are ready to move on with your life and only seek a divorce. A divorce without complications, a divorce without hate, a divorce with civility. We can help you immediately. A painless divorce can involve child custody, parenting time, child support, division of assets, alimony, it really depends on the facts of your situation and what you want to do. We can represent you the entire time during the case or if you and your spouse choose mediation, we can work as the independent mediator for your divorce and make it as painless as possible. The pain usually comes when a complete stranger in a packed courtroom makes decisions that will effect you, your spouse and if you have kids, for a very long time. Why risk that?

If you are unsure if the divorce will be painless, we can guide you as to how to have a painless divorce in New Jersey. Your divorce attorney is their to guide you and to protect your interests but in the end, it is up to you, the client as to what you want and if it is legal and ethical, we will do it. We will explain what you may be able to obtain, what you can waive, what you may not, how fast you can be divorced, how soon after you can get married, etc. We are here ready to help you move on with your life in the easiest, most painless way possible. Jersey City Divorce Lawyer Santo Artusa is skilled in negotiations and treating people with respect during a divorce.

Our office (The Artusa Law Firm)  is located at 35 Journal Square, Suite 825, Jersey City, NJ 07306 and we work by appointment only and offer times during business hours and after hours and weekends as well depending on the case. We can be reached on 201-706-7910.