Before you decide to hire an attorney, file for divorce, consider divorce, know what you are getting into. Have a free consultation or paid consultation with a divorce lawyer in your area to understand how a divorce will affect your post married life because it is very important not to go at this blindly, there is too much to risk.  You will gain valuable insight as to what you need to do, what is at stake, how to approach the situation, how to prepare for divorce, file divorce papers, file for divorce, make divorce papers and so on. A divorce attorney is there not only to navigate the legal channels for you but also to be there for you during a difficult period, a divorce. I am a Jersey City New Jersey divorce lawyer and I am experienced in complex and “easy” divorces. In the end, many cases still require the ability to help clients obtain their divorce and for the divorce attorney to help the client make sound decisions instead of emotional ones.

If you are considering a divorce and are ready to discuss what steps are next and what to do, contact my team at the Artusa Law Firm for a free consultation on 973-337-9643 so that we can explain your legal rights and how we can help you with your divorce case. Until then enjoy the weather, the Yankees, the Jets and hopefully the Giants get a win this season!





Jersey City Divorce and Family Law Attorney Santo Artusa of the Artusa Law Firm is offering a new premium service for those seeking to be divorced in 60 days or less and without having to go to court. Certain conditions apply but if the conditions are met, you will be divorced faster than any of your friends. With our new systems, technology and staff, we have made it able to obtain a divorce in Hudson County Family Court in 60 days or less if your spouse will sign the divorce papers and the steps of the process are followed. We are so confident that if we cannot get you divorced in 60 days or less, we will refund $1000 to your account! That will be in writing and in the retainer agreement with the terms between you and the Artusa Law Firm. We are able to file your divorce the same day you come in if you pay the agreed upon fee for this premium service and we will literally have people in the court pushing this case along every step of the way.

About Us:

The Artusa Law Firm was founded by New Jersey Divorce Attorney Santo Artusa who started the law firm the very day he was sworn in as an attorney at the New Jersey Supreme Court. The firm focuses on all family law needs for individuals who have cases in the State of New Jersey whether in Hudson County, Essex, Bergen, Union, Middlesex or beyond, we can handle it and represent you professionally all the way through. To schedule an appointment with the Artusa Law Firm team contact us at our Jersey City location on 973-337-9643 to determine if you qualify for the 60 day divorce or if your case requires more time than that because of certain issues. We look forward to hearing from you.  If you seek us to contact you, please fill out our form below:



How to get a divorce in Jersey City! Try it alone, good luck, try it with us, you are set! We know how to handle it and do it fast!

Great News! You do not need to be a magician to obtain a divorce in Jersey City-Hudson County New Jersey. I am a divorce attorney here in Jersey City and I will quickly go over 7 facts about obtaining a divorce in the Hudson County Superior Court-Family Court.

  1. You can obtain a divorce without ever having to go to court in Hudson County. This is a fact but most people including many attorneys do not know how to do this. This may be my own magic trick but it works, it is legal and you never have to step foot in 595 Newark Avenue, Jersey City which is the address of the Hudson County Family Court.
  2. You can obtain a divorce without your spouse’s signature. Now, this does not mean you can obtain a divorce in Hudson County without your spouse’s knowledge it just means he can be served and default whereas a signature is not needed.
  3. If you know where your spouse lives and your spouse does not contest the divorce, you can be divorced in Hudson County between 60 and 90 days.
  4. You can obtain a divorce even if you do not know where your spouse is. In this case you will not get a divorce in less than 90 days but nevertheless you can obtain a divorce by publication.
  5. You can get a divorce in Hudson County Family Court even if your spouse does not want the divorce. A Judge cannot force people to attend marriage counseling. Again, while you can obtain the divorce, if your spouse fights it, you will get the divorce decree but it will take longer than an uncontested case.
  6. You can obtain a divorce in Hudson County even if you were married in another State or another country.
  7. You can cancel your divorce until the very last day, meaning if you still believe you can works things out, the court will permit you to withdraw your divorce. Yes, I have seen it on the day of trial, it has been done!

If you have a family law or divorce case in Jersey City-Hudson County or Beyond in New Jersey, contact me and my team in our Jersey City office on 201-706-7910. We offer convenient office hours for our clients. You can also contact us via email by filling out this contact form:

To view more about our team and our services visit our main page: Artusa Law Firm of Jersey City.


You must think I am on some powerful drug to say alimony is worth it! Every every penny if done right. I am a Jersey City Lawyer focusing on divorce and personal injury cases and I tell you I would rather be happy and healthy and pay someone to get out of my life than be injured and receive a huge settlement. Now you really think I am crazy but it is true. Health and happiness is fleeting, time never stops and to be happy and healthy is priceless and often under appreciated.

If you are married to a toxic person that wants you to fail, increases your chances to fail, hurts your relationships, hurts your career, hurts your chances to be happy, it is best to agree to a number to get your dependent spouse out and move on with your life! You can always make even more money that he or she will not be able to have a piece of. The longer you wait, the more these toxic people can get. Make moves now while you can. So as this is Part I, I will give you 7 reasons today why ALIMONY is SO WORTH IT. And I have personally seen it with my clients years after the divorce become ever more successful.

1. You will never reach your potential if your partner/spouse is toxic, EVER. So while the alimony is a short term expense, in the long term, you are only helping your career.

2. The sooner you realize the relationship is toxic the sooner you get out and begin to see things clearer. Clarity, like time is priceless. DIVORCE and or pay the alimony and get your spouse out.

3. The days of idiotic spending by your spouse on your full dime will be over. Write the alimony check and he or she will have to make due or actually WORK LOL! You owe nothing above the agreed amount, nothing.

4. You never know, you may find someone who earns like you or more! Write the alimony check and you have options again!
5. Paying ALIMONY is better than giving up more assets because ALIMONY is tax deductible. That helps us big earners!

6. You will be free to do anything you want whenever you want when you get the divorce, ALIMONY or not! Priceless!

7. The sooner you do it the better because as you get older you will only earn more and your spouse will not get a dime of that! Term ALIMONY at a fixed rate!

Well this was part one of my article. If you are ready to be set free and pay alimony or receive it, contact my team at the ARTUSA LAW FIRM in Jersey City on 201-706-7910 for a consult today.




Hudson County Child Custody Lawyer
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

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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:


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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Jersey City-New Jersey Divorce Lawyers—-With the influx of professionals from all over the world coming to New Jersey to live/work in the NYC metro area, one of the largest groups are Indians. With my Indian clients, they tend to be concerned about obtaining a divorce in New Jersey that is also valid in India. The India court system and the divorce courts are much slower and in my view archaic. This does not mean that lawyers in India are archaic at all, in fact they are very professional and responsive. The reason I bring this up is that filings in India get complicated and can include more people than just the spouses and can get real ugly, real fast. This is why some Indian clients prefer to obtain their divorce in America, in my case New Jersey and have it honored/registered in India.

While I do not practice in India, I do have general information that I obtained from lawyers in India as I have many Indian clients in New Jersey. You should always consult with a lawyer in India about registering an American Divorce in India. From my experience as a divorce attorney in New Jersey, here are my five tips in having your divorce honored in India:

  1. If both parties mutually agree on the terms of the divorce, the divorce will be honored in India in most cases.
  2. If the parties do not agree, you must use a cause of action/grounds for divorce that match grounds for divorce in India (extreme cruelty is an example that is accepted in India).
  3. When dealing with property in India and property rights, an Indian court may not enforce the American Divorce Terms in India. It makes more sense to take a certain amount in the United States than face an uncertain court in another country that may never honor it.
  4. It is better to fight the divorce battle on one front rather than on two fronts where the cost will grow and the stress will also become unmanageable.
  5. American courts are more efficient and will enforce the terms of the agreement to the fullest extent of the law.

While this is a brief synopsis on having the Indian courts honor a New Jersey/American Judgment if you so choose to because of the potential for damaging/endless litigation in India. If you have a divorce case in New Jersey and seek experienced, professional counsel, contact our team on 201-706-7910 today or fill out our contact form below.

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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.

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Keys to Obtaining Custody of Your Child or Have More Parenting Time


Seeking a family law attorney to help you obtain Custody of Your Child? Are you seeking a New Jersey Court order to have parenting time or visitation with your child? Do you have a court date with Judge Mirtha Ospina? Judge Anthony D’Elia?
We can Help You Right Away

This is What You Need to Know-We have been through this before.

As a New Jersey Family Law Attorney and Child Custody Attorney  handles requests for Parenting-Time in Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, and throughout the State and I have seen and dealt with some very difficult situations. When parties argue, when parties go through a divorce, one party because of their anger or shock over the realization that the marriage is over can lead to one parent “poisoning” the children by talking negatively about the father or mother and this leads to alienation and the refusal to permit a parent to see their child. Father’s rights have become a more important and considered topic in the family courts today, more and more Judges are listening to fathers’ who want to see their children, who have been refused, who have suffered from the alienation. In cases where the parties were not married, the anger can still be present and the custodial parent can still talk about the other parent in a bad way which helps nobody. The Judges that decide these cases in Hudson County are: Judge Maureen Mantineo, Judge Mirtha Ospina, Judge Vito Sciancalepore, Judge Maloney-Espinales, Judge Nesle Rodriguez, Judge Mark Baber.

  • Do you have a court order in New Jersey for parenting time but want more time with your child?
  • Do you have a court order for parenting time and the custodial parent refuses to honor it?
  • Are you seeking a New Jersey court order granting you specific parenting time to avoid problems?  We can help you.

In my opinion, one of the hardest things in the world is not being able to see your child. Trust me, I know what it is like, I have been there before, it hurts, it is unfair but with the right plan, there is hope, a great deal of hope. If this occurs, contact the Family Law Attorney at the Artusa Law Firm today on 201-706-7910.  Dealing with not being able to see your child when you want to or even when you are “scheduled” to see your child, the custodial parent makes it near impossible to see the child, talk to the child, communicate in any fashion DONT LET THIS HAPPEN, contact an attorney. Even worse is if your child indicates that he or she wants to live with you but you feel helpless in putting your child in the middle. However, as time goes on, you may reach a tipping point where you have no choice but to seek custody or seek more parenting time. Regardless of how the parents feel about each other, the child needs BOTH parents. Alienating a child from one parent is a sin, it is abuse that your child feels.

Working with an aggressive attorney who can obtain a court order or enforce a court order for you is critical to your rights as a parent. For more information about the tools available in child custody and parenting time cases, please visit Hudson County Child Custody and Parenting Time Lawyer.  To read our post about parenting time in Hudson and Essex,

Seeking a court order or seeking to change a family court order can be difficult. With the right family law attorney, you increase your chances of success as like any other endeavor, the more you practice, the more you learn, and the more effective you become. We focus on family law matters in Hudson County, Essex County, Bergen County, Passaic County and Union County, New Jersey almost every day. We know when a case has merit, has a chance, and frankly when the case will not succeed on its face and we will not accept the case.

If you have reached that point where something has to change and you are ready to hire an attorney who understands the facets of child custody determinations and parenting time, contact us at the Artusa Law Firm today on 201-706-7910 for an appointment. Our office is located at 35 Journal Square Plaza, Suite 825, Jersey City, NJ 07306. To learn more about our different practice areas, visit our home page here: Artusa Law Firm-New Jersey Family Court Lawyers.

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