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

Jersey City Family Law Attorney Santo Artusa focuses on Restraining orders, domestic abuse, divorce, CHILD CUSTODY LAWYER AND CHILD SUPPORT LAWYER REPRESENT PEOPLE IN THE HUDSON COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT-FAMILY DIVISION BEFORE JUDGE ANTHONY D’ELIA, JUDGE KIMBERLY ESPINALES-MALONEY AND JUDGE VITO SCIANCALEPORE

 

Hudson County Child Custody Attorney
Hudson County-NJ FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY

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 201-706-7910. 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 201-706-7910.

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 201-706-7910 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.

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

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

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

DIVORCE LAWYER IN JERSEY CITY

As a divorce lawyer in Jersey City, I have represented people throughout New Jersey and from other states that have divorce and family law issues in Hudson County, Essex County, Middlesex County, Bergen County and Union County. Regardless if it is a simple divorce where both parties come in to sign all the papers or we must find your spouse and serve him in another state or country, we can handle it. If the case has complex child custody or diverse assets to divide, we have dealt with it and are ready to help you with your case. The best way for us to help you is if you have an idea of what you are seeking so we can evaluate your case and tell you if it is worth pursuing financially and what the positives and negatives of your case are. We will help you choose a cause of action for your divorce, inform you of what you may be entitled to and help you move forward from there. Our headquarters are located at 35 Journal Square, Suite 531, Jersey City, NJ 07306. Our main contact number is 201-706-7910. 

Every divorce case is different as are the issues involved in the case. Is your case about dividing assets? alimony? child custody? child support? parenting time? getting your maiden name back? a cheating spouse? adultery? domestic violence? extreme cruelty? If you tell us the situation, we will guide you toward the best course of action.

In a recent case we had, the spouse refused to provide his address and would not sign for the divorce papers in front of a notary. We were able to find him in Western New York, serve him, his 35 days to respond expired and we were able to have our client get a divorce and resume her maiden name, that is all she wanted and we got it. She did not want to seek a division of assets or alimony, she just wanted to move on with her life and put a bad relationship behind her.

UNCONTESTED DIVORCE

In another case, both parties came into my office and indicated that they divided any assets they had years ago, the kids are grown and they just want a divorce. We made the divorce papers for them, the plaintiff signed, we filed, received the docket number back about 2 weeks later and the spouse signed waiving his 35 days and soon enough, they were divorced without even having to go to court. Yes, believe it or not, there are many divorces that are not ugly, that there is no bad blood and people just want to move on legally as they have moved on in their lives. For more information about uncontested divorces, click here.

So if you are ready to move forward with a divorce, annulment or other family law matter in the Jersey City area, contact my team on 201-706-7910 or email me directly on santoartusa@gmail.com today to discuss your case in confidence and to setup an appointment to fully explain what is going on and we will discuss how we can help you.

Until then, Happy New Year!

 

ARTUSA LAW FIRM, P.C. 35 Journal Square, Suite 531, Jersey City, NJ 07306

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

NEW JERSEY DIVORCE LAWYERS
NEW JERSEY DIVORCE LAWYERS

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

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

The divorce process in Hudson County, New Jersey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Divorce in Jersey City, NJ Hudson County

New Jersey Divorce Attorney Santo Artusa Jr
New Jersey Divorce Attorney Santo Artusa Jr

The New Jersey Superior Court, Chancery Division-Family Part, Hudson Vicinage is located at 595 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ. “595” is where all family law issues are heard before the various judges that focus on family law matters that pertain to Hudson County residents who seek to file new motions, divorce cases, 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 Edward Defazio, Judge Mirtha Ospina, Judge Maureen Sogluizzo 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 201-706-7910 to discuss your case confidentially.