New Jersey Divorce Attorneys Free Consultation-Free lawyer divorce consultation………When you are dealing with something important in your life, you need to search for your best options. People search hundreds of sites for flights, tvs, movies, cars, etc., so you should do that and more when searching for something as important as the law, right? I tell everyone that comes into my office or even before they come in to meet with at least one other attorney to have a free consultation or paid consultation to discuss their case with someone that may have a different view, a different strategy than me or another attorney. Some family court lawyers may not know what to do but again, that goes into your initial research when you are seeking divorce lawyers free consultation. You need to make sure the attorney actually practices in that area of the law as the law is very complex and the more complex the issue the more experience that attorney needs in that specific field of law. So if you seek to meet me for a free divorce consultation or a family law consultation I ask you to think about what you want to know, what will you ask? I do suggest you ask me and or any  other divorce attorney during a free consultation these questions:

  1. What is your legal specialty or focus? I am focused on family law, divorce, litigation, defense work, restraining orders and other legal matters?
  2. How long have you been practicing? Approximately 8 years
  3. Where do you practice? Statewide
  4. Where did you go to law school? Rutgers Law School
  5. Why did you chose this area of law? There is nothing that compares to helping a client in litigation when you win and tears of joy overwhelm the client and they really appreciate all I have done for them.
  6. Do you have children? Yes I do. I think this is important because in family law litigation, children are a major aspect of the cases and having a child helps me know how critical family law is.
  7. Do you charge a flat rate or by retainer? Uncontested divorces are flat rates but all others are by retainer.
  8. What is your hourly rate? $325 per hour.
  9. Whats the best way to communicate with you? Via email or in person. I like to talk to my clients in person.
  10. Do you accept all clients that are willing to pay? No. We must be on the same page and respect each other’s time. We must agree on case strategy.
  11. Oh yeah, and what is your name? LOL Santo Artusa Attorney at Law

Again, these are just common questions that I believe are helpful when you have a free consultation with a divorce attorney. The majority of the time during your consultation will be how we can fix the situation you are facing and your case goals. If you have a divorce, family law or other case in the Jersey City-Hudson County area and seek a free consultation, contact us today on 973-337-9643.

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WOW!!! Non-Custodial Parents’ Lives Matter-New Jersey Family Court


—-The New Jersey Supreme Court just proved: Non-Custodial Parents’ Lives Matter! Fathers’ Lives Matter Again! Going through a divorce or nasty breakup when having children together is never easy. The thought of not being able to come home and see your children when you are done with work or if you take a day off to be with them, they are not there, is very difficult to deal with. Then times get worse, the custodial parent seeks to relocate out of New Jersey which would make seeing your children even harder. The bond you have with the children could get weaker by the day the are away from you. Well the Supreme Court of New Jersey set aside the case that governed child relocation in New Jersey, aka Baures. Baures was “built” by the idea that if the custodial parent is happy, the child would be happy and the relationship with the non-custodial parent is not as important. Well, that is over now and the best interests of the child standard will be the guiding post for any parent seeking to relocate out of New Jersey. This is great news for non-custodial parents in New Jersey. The Artusa Law Firm of Hudson County, New Jersey has represented hundreds if not thousands of non-custodial parents in New Jersey. Lead family law attorney Santo Artusa has been there himself fighting for his rights before he became a leading New Jersey lawyer. We are ready to help you today, contact us in our Jersey City Office on 973-337-9643.

The best-interest standard is harder to prove than the previous method which was based around the custodial parent’s need. To argue that the non-custodial parent who sees the child every week and/or his or her family has a close bond to the children and win, will now be incredibly hard for the “primary parent.”

While Baures and this court ruling focus on child relocation in New Jersey, our team has always held that non-custodial parents’ lives do in fact matter and they matter more than many people will admit to. Children need two parents that care for them and non-custodial parents do not deserve to be an afterthought. They really need to be equals if the non-custodial parent in fact is involved and does love his or her children, which almost all do.

If you do not have residential custody, you need to be vigilant against non-compliance of a New Jersey family court order so that if it continues you can obtain relief including the possibility of becoming the custodial parent. Frankly, while parents want to be residential custodial parents. the goal should be to foster a relationship that is natural and permits frequent contact and parenting time on both sides. Life happens and yes, sometimes people are late for drop-offs, late for phone calls, miss visits but unless it is happening frequently, the parents should try to work it out without court. If that is in fact impossible, which I have seen thousands of times, yes it is time to go to court and enforce your court order or seek a new court order with better identified boundaries that cannot be crossed. The better written and structured the agreement and/or court order, the easier it is to follow. At that point the question becomes whether or not the parents really want to adhere to it. If they don’t, watch out, enforcement motions done right can change your whole world.

If you seek effective help in a family law case in New Jersey, contact our Jersey City family law attorneys in Hudson County on 973-337-9643 or via this contact form. Please be patient for a return email as the demand for our family law services are very high. Thank you.


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FOCUS ON 3 JUDGES: Judge Kimberly Espinales-Maloney, Judge Vito Sciancalepore, Judge Anthony D’Elia HUDSON COUNTY Family Court



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When individuals file for child support or child custody in Hudson County, many times they have no idea who will hear and decide their case. They are unsure if they should hire a family law attorney, any attorney or go alone. Some people are confused. Having a plan is key as is knowing who your Judge is. This is all important to know.

The Artusa law Firm is your local Hudson County family law attorney law firm and Jersey City divorce lawyers. Family law Attorneys align and prepare their paperwork and arguments for certain judges that they have experience practicing before. A good family law attorney will do his or her research as to how the Judge rules, how the Judge operates the Courtroom, how the Judge deals with litigants and so forth. One Hudson County Family Court Judge may feel that is someone owes $1000 in child support is a lot while another may think $5000 is. One Hudson County Family Court Judge may not seek to change custody easily while another may change custody quickly. Knowing your audience or in this case the family court Judge is very important in family law matters. In Hudson County Superior Court, the current Judges who decide domestic violence/restraining orders,  family issues/child custody are: Hon. Judge Kimberly Espinales-Maloney, Judge Arre, Judge Nesle Rodriguez, Judge Mirtha Ospina, Judge Maureen Mantineo, Judge Mark Baber, Judge Vito Sciancalepore and Judge Anthony D’Elia. If you have a case in Hudson County family court, contact the family law attorney and divorce attorneys at the Artusa Law Firm on 973-337-9643. We represent both mothers and fathers in Hudson County family court.

One of the newer Judges in Hudson County Family Court is Hon. Judge Kimberly Espinales-Maloney whose chambers are located at 595 Newark Avenue, Room 804, Jersey City, NJ 07306. The Judge has many years of experience in litigation and seeks to find solutions to cases but you must know what you are really seeking if you want to get it. Judge Vito Sciancalepore will decide Hudson County Restraining Order Cases/Domestic Violence Cases, non-dissolution (non-divorce cases) and dissolution cases (divorces) including child support and parenting time. As of now, Hon. Judge Kimberly Espinales-Maloney hears divorces, uncontested/no fault divorces and other post divorce family law matters.  Judge Vito Sciancalepore will take over Judge Arre’s docket and decided domestic violence and restraining order cases. Judge Arre will decide criminal cases again. The Artusa Law Firm is skilled in both family and criminal law litigation in Hudson County. To learn more about all of our legal services, visit- Artusa Law Firm of New Jersey or Contact us today on 973-337-9643.

pexels-photomotherRecently we had a case where the mother of the child was not allowed to have any overnight parenting time as per the father. This had gone on for years. Jersey City Family Law Attorney Santo Artusa filed a complaint/application to modify custody and/or parenting time. The father, who had been the custodial parent for approximately 2 years argued his case but after Judge Arre heard testimony he urged the attorneys to discuss the matter. Attorney Santo Artusa successfully negotiated joint/shared physical custody of 4 nights one week and 3 nights the alternate week.  For more information about child custody in New Jersey visit this New Jersey Child Custody Lawyer and about support, visit: New Jersey Child Support Lawyer.

Another Judge that hears many cases and is the Presiding Judge of the family division in Hudson County is Judge Maureen Mantineo. Judge Mantineo’s chambers are located where Judge Sogluizzo’s chambers were on the second floor of the Hudson County Superior Court. Judge Mantineo was the presiding judge of family years ago before taking time to work in the civil division. Her return is a welcome one as she knows how to get to the heart of the issues in the case, is polite, surprisingly patient and does not favor any particular litigant. Her courtroom is on the 2nd floor of the Superior Court. She handles divorces, child custody, child support, post divorce cases, parenting time and other family law issues.

When deciding you need to take the next step and seek court intervention to change a court order, obtain a court order, or enforce a court order, there are many rules that need to be followed and if time is important to you, you do not want to waste time filing for something that is not presented right or incorrectly because the Judge will deny it. By contacting Jersey City family law attorney Santo Artusa and his team at the Artusa Law Firm which handles a wide variety of family law cases in New Jersey, you can be assured that they will work hard on your case and do their best to present your case in the best light. If you seek a family law attorney for a child custody, restraining order/domestic violence case or other related matter, contact the Artusa Law Firm on 973-337-9643 today.


For information about the work we handle in father’s rights cases where we represent father’s in child custody, parenting time or child support issues, visit: New Jersey Father’s Rights Attorney. To read our press release about our recent successes in representing dads in court, visit: New Jersey Family Court Lawyer Success.


From Jersey City Divorce and Family Law Attorney Santo Artusa——-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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Key Tips in Obtaining a Divorce in Essex County

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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Do you want custody of your kids? What to do about the new Significant Other being Around your Kids

Custody can always be changed, it is just a matter of when it is warranted. An example of where and when it was warranted.

I had a recent case where a married couple lived in the same 2 family house, mom downstairs, dad upstairs. At the time, the mom had custody of the children with the kids staying with dad about half the time whether by way of overnights or having dinner with dad after school. Mom began dating a man known to be a drug dealer and convicted felon who started sleeping over the house more and more. Dad would smell the intense odor from their marijuana use and the children corroborated seeing a green substance and “weird looking pipes.” We went to court for an immediate hearing by way of order to show cause in the Essex County Family Court where the Judge ruled that the boyfriend could not be in the home at all. After a few weeks, the boyfriend reappeared and the same problems began to present themselves placing the children at risk. Again, we went back to court for an emergency hearing where the Judge gave dad full residential custody and had mom tested for drugs which came out positive for marijuana.
It is often difficult for a single parent or a divorced parent to know that a new man or woman is around his or her kids but life goes on. Old cases in New Jersey made it harder for the paramour/new love interest to be around but a recent case heard by Judge Lawrence Jones focused on the new reality of divorce rates, single parenting and so forth. Judge Jones called for fewer restrictions on contact between the child and the new person in mom or dad’s life, which does make sense. In his August 3, 2015 decision, Judge Jones indicated that an indefinite ban on contact is unenforceable absent any evidence of inappropriate conduct. He then went on to say that contact should be increased gradually and that is tailored to the child’s needs. Common sense finally prevails. While we do not want a single mother or father introducing their children to every love interest they ever meet, the time should come when the children meet the man or woman when the time is right and after determining that the man or woman is worthy of meeting your kids.
Whether you are dealing with a situation trying to prevent contact or to encourage it, contact my team at the Artusa Law Firm today on 201-706-7910 to discuss your case in detail.

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N.J.S.A 9:2-4f. New Jersey Child Custody Attorney



Whether you live in New Jersey or live out of state and have a family court case about child custody, child support and so forth, we can help you whether you are close by or live in Florida, Virginia or any other state and have a New Jersey Family Court case. As Jersey City child custody lawyers, we represent parents from throughout the country because of the transient nature of Jersey City and Hoboken, New Jersey.

When parents cannot agree on simple things in life, they usually cannot agree on how or who should be the primary parent in the child’s life and/or how much parenting time each parent should have. These issues are never easy to tackle as in most family law cases, there is no smoking gun to prove your case. You need to present your case accordingly in family court to change custody, obtain custody, change parenting time , start having parenting time, have a New Jersey child support issue and seek a change. While many cases are cut and dry in that one parent has been the custodial parent throughout the child’s life while in other cases, the one parent agrees who should raise the child (which home to live in). The other cases that do not fit this distinction are the focus of this article.


In these disputes, the court offers mediation to try and resolve the issues at hand. This option is available early on in the case and can be extremely useful to individuals but again, cases where the anger toward each party is present and/or the truth is blurred, mediation will not get the job done. The statute in New Jersey that governs child custody determinations is: N.J.S.A 9:2-4f.

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When a change in custody is sought or a significant change in parenting time is sought, your attorney should seek to conduct discovery if certain issues are present in the case. For example, if one party has a history of drug use, careless behavior, addiction issues and so forth, it is important to find out if the party is still using, if not, have them prove how long the person has been “clean” through a hair follicle test, when is the last time they relapsed, when they relapsed what happened?, has the child ever seen the parent in this state? The list goes on and on. When issues like this and other issues such as anger, inability to control a person’s behavior, risky behavior and so on appear, your attorney should seek that the person seeking more time be mentally evaluated by a neutral professional. Furthermore this neutral person should write a best interests report that can be used in court where the expert will testify as to how they reached their conclusion. This report is not the final test for the Court but it is a major consideration for the Judge in determining what should be done next. The expert witness is offering a suggestion to the Court and is not dispositive but the Judge could give that testimony alot of weight. Additionally, you can seek that written discovery be provided or depositions be conducted where you can question the party or potential witnesses. These tools, when done right, can be extremely effective in finding the truth and catching someone being untruthful during the court proceedings.


Family issues, especially custody can get very ugly and difficult. New Jersey Family law and child custody attorney Santo Artusa has the experience and care to represent people who take these cases very seriously. These matters are very hard to simple work on and forget. It is important to work with a lawyer who represents your interests as if it was his or her case and family. New Jersey Family Attorney Santo Artusa does. If you seek professional representation in child custody, divorce, child support and other family law issues, contact the Artusa Law Firm today on 201-706-7910.To view all of the legal services we offer, visit: Artusa Law Firm of New Jersey.


When he or she is not following a court order, next step-Enforcement Motions

What is the use of a family court order if somebody does not abide by it? Having a Judge grant you relief or reaching an agreement with someone is unfortunately only the first step in the right direction. Sometimes the party you have the order against or made the agreement with does not honor the agreement and a person is forced to file a motion to enforce litigant’s rights. That enforcement motion can be to enforce parenting time, have someone pay alimony, reimburse healthcare costs, pay child support, lawyers fees, compel discovery and beyond. The more times you are able to prove the other side is violating the order, the harder the Judge will come down on him or her. A Judge can sanction, fine and/or order attorneys fees for the need to bring the motion for enforcement. You should always warn the other side, when possible, that if he or she does not cure the issue that you will bring them to court and xxxxx could happen. So it is very important to be proactive when someone is not complying with a court order otherwise they will continue to violate the order and probably drive you mad. If you have a court order that someone is not complying with and seek an attorney to file a motion, contact us today on 201-706-7910 for a consultation.

Gwen Stefani Divorce Lesson- Money Does Not Solve All

Which phrase do you believe, More money more problems? Or If money can solve it, it is not a real problem? Gwen Stefani recently settled her divorce case involving more than $120 million in assets and child custody/parenting time issues. According to reports, The parties agreed to have shared custody of their three children and filed the divorce under irreconcilable differences, which has become the most commonly used cause of action in most states in America, including New Jersey. When money cannot solve a problem, when the trust and love is gone, a divorce may be the only way to go for people, even the rich. With the parties reaching an agreement and not having to go to trial where a Judge, who is a stranger to the parties, make critical decisions for the parties and their children. When it is possible, it is best to divorce on terms you can live with and move on. Having a trial is a risky proposition but in some situations it is necessary because one or both parties refuse to listen to their lawyers, mediators and may take counsel from people who have no business giving legal advice. Would you accept a poker lesson from someone that never sat at a poker table? In a divorce, take the advice of professionals or you will be all in without fulling knowing what you are risking.