Do I need to have a divorce lawyer?

Even if you past the bar exam and are a practicing attorney, YOU still never represent yourself in a divorce case you will become your worst enemy and client. If want to meet with the divorce attorney was a free consultation you will quickly learn the many the things that you wish you knew and wish you you knew about.  For lawyers and non-layers who you believe that divorces are easy you’re wrong. You need to be able to see what is going on in your case,  in your life without it being distorted with your  own emotional views.

An Experienced divorce attorney will be able to take the time and explain what is at stake in a divorce case besides just the obvious of the division of assets and alimony. In a divorce case there’s a lot more to worry about than simply alimony and child support and equitable distribution.

You have to remember that you might be going through the worst part of your life right now and it’s time to let go and allow your divorce attorney to try to help you and help set your life up so that you don’t have to do this again or that he pushes you to  live a good life post divorce.

Divorce attorneys are trained as to what to look for,  what to watch out for, what is the worse that can happen,  what’s at stake and to tell the client what never to do while a divorce case is going on. A divorce lawyer is there to be your main eyes, your backup, your counselor, your friend, and without a lawyer in a family law case is like deciding to have heart surgery without a doctor. Sure, by some miracle you may survive but long term you will be ruined with infections, complications and beyond. The same is true with a divorce. You may be able to go through the basic aspects of the divorce but as time goes on, major problems will pop up and you were not prepared for, PREPARE now, while you still can.

So in the end if you have to ask yourself do I need a divorce attorney the answers it quickly be absolutely yes. Talk your time and call the Artusa Law Firm team of Jersey ity on 973-337-9643 when you are ready.

Other people call the office to find out if they need an attorney for a traffic stop attorney for Dwi on attorney for a misdemeanor offense drug charges, in a car accident there are many ways -many reasons why you need an attorney for facct specific situations. It really depends on the specific facts of your  case but most of the time it is wise to consult with an experienced attorney. Call us on 973-337-9643.


Jersey City divorce attorney and New Jersey Family Law Attorney 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. We can be reached on 973-337-9643.


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LEGAL PROBLEM IN NEW JERSEY FAMILY COURT? Newark-Essex County Family Court or Jersey City-Hudson Family Court?

Have you been served with New Jersey Superior Court Family Court motion papers for Jersey City-Hudson County, Hackensack-Bergen County or Newark-Essex County?

  • Do you have an upcoming court date in family court in New Jersey?
  • Do you have an upcoming motion in family court you need to respond to?
  • Is someone seeking to modify a child support, change custody, parenting time, alimony or other family court order in New Jersey Family Court?
  • Are you looking for a family law attorney in New Jersey to represent you in your case? We Can help you right now.

If you have been served with New Jersey family court motion papers for Newark-Essex County, Jersey City/Hoboken Hudson County or New Jersey family court divorce papers for Essex County or Hudson County, you only have a certain amount of time to respond without risking a default and a limited amount of time to file a cross-motion for relief you may seek, contact Artusa today on 973-337-9643 As a divorce lawyer in NJ that focuses on all aspects of family law and divorces in Newark/Essex County and Jersey City/Hudson County especially, my team and I have appeared before almost every family court judge in the State at one point but new judges are added or rotated frequently. If you seek relief in family court in New Jersey, you must file what is known as a motion or application for relief. A motion is a request for a specific order, specific relief that a Judge can grant. When you file for a motion in family court, you must send notice to the other side/opposing side in the case by regular and certified mail. You must send a copy of what you submitted to the court and detail the relief you seek. We can help you obtain the family law relief you seek. We have offices in Jersey City, Hoboken, and Newark, NJ. Contact us for a free initial consultation.

The local Superior Courts-Family Divisions in New Jersey are located on the following custom map. The Artusa Law Firm represents individuals in all of these family and divorce courts for motions and divorce litigation.

While the NJ Family Court Judges follow the court rules for the State of New Jersey, each Judge has a different style, different manner, and different approach to how to solve and decide important family part motion issues such as:

  • child custody,
  • child relocation cases
  • child support
  • domestic violence/restraining order cases
  • college contribution/Newburgh hearings,
  • alimony case
  • court order modifications
  • motions to reconsider
  • motions to stay
  • motions to vacate a default
  • motions to set aside an order or judgment
  • order to show cause/emergent matters Practicing before judges allows you to observe and find out which arguments can work, may work, or will never work, this is very important when representing a client. When you appear before a new judge, you must make sure your attorney knows the law very well because sometimes a new judge may not have full control over the methods and laws for that practice area, family law and divorce is no different, the learning curve is steep.
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Choosing the wrong attorney for a family law case or divorce case in NJ can make you feel like you are lost in the woods, trying to find your way but everything looks the same and you keep going around in circles. An individual needs to have a divorce lawyer that can strike at the heart of the case to get the case moving and to try and finalize the case sooner rather than later.

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New Jersey Divorce Attorney Santo Artusa and the importance of choosing the right family law and divorce lawyer in New Jersey.

However, if you choose the right attorney for your family law case, you will be able to focus on the key issues of your case and move forward. Instead of feeling lost in the woods, you will feel more like you have control and that you just came back from a nice California vacation, fully energized and as happy as you can be considering the specific circumstances in your case.

This article today will focus on some of the most active judges in family and divorce court in New Jersey (NJ). We will first start with the Presiding Judge, Family Part, Peter Melchionne. Judge Melchionne has been a jurist since 2008 and has been serving Bergen County his entire time as a Judge. Judge Peter Melchionne obtained his law degree from Seton Hall University Law School. He replaced Judge Mizdol as presiding Judge in 2015. The Bergen County Family Courthouse is locate at 10 Main Street in Hackensack, New Jersey. My team and I have successfully handled: annulments, divorces, and family court motions before Judge Melchionne.

Also in Bergen County is Judge Lisa Firko who has been a Judge since 2008. She handles divorces, annulments and family court motions. She also graduated from Seton Hall’s School of Law. Judge Keith Bachman is also assigned to Bergen County where he handles child custody and child support cases. Judge Bachman was appointed in 2011 and he graduated from New York Law School. Judge Gary Wilcox also serves Bergen County and was appointed in 2011. He graduated from Harvard Law School.

For more information about the Bergen County family court, visit this page.

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The Middlesex Family Court is located at 20 New Street in New Brunswick, NJ. The presiding judge of the family part in Middlesex County is:
Judge Deborah Venezia. Judge Venezia hears cases involving family adoptions, child custody, etc. Judge Venezia attended: St. Mary’s University where she obtained her law degree.
The Honorable Judge Christopher D. Rafano has been a family court and divorce Judge in New Jersey serving Middlesex County since 2013. He attended Dickinson School of Law. Judge Rafano is effective in making decisions concerning the division of assets, child support, alimony, child custody and other family related cases in Middlesex County. The Artusa Law Firm has successfully argued cases before Judge Rafano, Judge Rivas, Judge Vignuolo and Judge Marcia Silva. For more information on the Middlesex family courts and how cases are assigned, please visit this page.

judgelisavignuoloJudge Vignuolo decides child support, parenting time and child custody cases in Middlesex County. She attended Seton Hall where she earned her J.D. She has been on the bench since 2010.

The Essex County Family Court or the Superior Court of New Jersey, Essex Vicinage is located at 212 Washington Street in Newark, NJ also known as Vicinage 5. The presiding Judge of the family part is the Honorable Judge Katz. The family division manager’s office can be reached on 973-776-9300 extension 56667. Like all other family courts in New Jersey, the court has jurisdiction to decide: child custody, divorce, annulments, parenting time, child support, alimony, equitable distribution, child relocation matters, post divorce applications, non-dissolution matters, domestic violence restraining orders and other related cases.

Judge James Paganelli was appointed in 2015. He currently decides restraining order cases for people seeking to obtain final restraining orders and/or defend against final restraining order. We recently successfully represented someone accused of domestic violence in his court, having the case dismissed after a two day trial.

judgecasale.190Judge Michael Casale is one of the more experienced Judges in Essex County’s Family Part. He decides family issues and divorce matters. Judge Casale was appointed in 1996 and obtained his law degree from Seton Hall. Judge Casale takes a get to the point or how can we resolve these issues approach.

Judge Nancy Sivilli is also seasoned in family law litigation hearing matters ranging from divorce cases, post divorce motions, emancipation, child custody cases and beyond. Judge Sivilli has been on the bench since 1999. Judge Sivilli obtained her law degree from Cornell University.

Judge Neal N. Jasey was appointed in 2014 and hears matters involving child custody, parenting time/visitation and child support. Judge Jasey attended Columbia University School of Law.

For information about Hudson County Family Court and the Family Court Judges, click here on our Hudson County specific page.

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New Jersey Divorce Attorney and Family Court Attorney        Santo Artusa

Divorce and family court cases are rarely cut and dry and rarely easy. Many issues are not black and white and it can be difficult to determine who is at fault for what and what relief is or is not available to the client. Furthermore, much emotion is involved when any kind of family/matrimonial litigation is ongoing. My Jersey City and Newark team at the Artusa Law Firm is experienced in dealing with the filing and answering of divorce complaints in NJ, representing people in motions for alimony, child support, parenting time, college contributions, domestic violence, annulments, emergent applications, adoptions, enforcing marital settlement agreements and beyond. If you have been served with motion papers and/or divorce papers, it is very important that these time sensitive papers and issues be addressed or you risk defaulting, which could grant the party seeking relief they want. It is imperative that you contact a matrimonial attorney in New Jersey immediately. 

While our main office is located at 253 Academy Street, Jersey City we are representing people throughout the country with New Jersey legal issues, we argue cases in every county in New Jersey. Contact our office on 973-337-9643 to discuss your case and how we can help you with your New Jersey family law situation.

You can also contact us below by filling out or website contact form and we will reach out to you as soon as we review it.





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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This is What to Do When Your Spouse Filed For Divorce

  • I was served with Hudson County-New Jersey divorce papers, what should I do?
  • My husband filed for divorce in Jersey City-now what? What should I do?
  • My wife filed for divorce, what do I do? She won’t let me see the kids, what can I do?
  • How do I choose the best divorce lawyer for me in Hudson County-New Jersey?
    My spouse is asking that I pay for his/her lawyer, do I have to? (Not necessarily, there are many factors involved).
    How do I answer divorce papers in New Jersey? Do I just show up in court?
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    Above are some of the typical questions when you learn that your husband or wife has filed for a dissolution of your marriage, aka a divorce in New Jersey. The Jersey City lawyers at the Artusa Law Firm can help explain the steps in a divorce, what you can seek, what the divorce papers mean legally/relief sought. Divorce cases in Hudson County are decided in Jersey City’s Family Court (595 Newark Avenue-Jersey City, NJ 07306).


You may have know it was coming, you may not have known but either way, the day has come and you have received a letter in the mail or have been served with Hudson County-New Jersey divorce papers. If you received these papers and you do not agree with what your spouse is seeking, you want to fight for something in the case, you want to clarify some issues, contact the New Jersey Divorce Lawyers at the Artusa Law Firm in Jersey City, New Jersey on 201-706-7910 to discuss your case and see how we can help you in your situation and explain your family law rights. You may seek custody, child support, parenting time, alimony, division of assets, resume your maiden name, attorneys fees, college contributions for the children, the ability to relocate with the children, division of debts, tax deduction rights (child tax deductions), ability to travel outside of the United States with your children/passport issues and beyond. When you have been properly served, you have 35 days to respond in writing to the court by way of appearance, answer, and/or answer and counterclaim. Our office is located in the heart of journal square, in the Capital One Building and it is easy to make an appointment. You can also fill out the form below and we will contact you during office hours.

When you come in for a confidential appointment in our Jersey City office, we will:

  • Review and explain the New Jersey divorce paperwork you received
  • Discuss your case goals and your current situation
  • Decide whether any motions need to be filed from the start of the case concerning temporary support, child custody, asset issues.
  • Analyze the case against you and explain the various New Jersey Court Rules
  • Analyze any potential claims you may have and what is needed to prove your case
  • Discuss how the divorce process works and how long a case may take
  • We will explain the discovery process, the early settlement panel, economic mediation, possibility of trial and the benefits of reaching a settlement when possible.

In addition to the above, we will discuss the timeline of a typical divorce case in the Jersey City family court and what you can expect if you are seeking some form of relief (alimony, division of assets, child custody, parenting time, child support, tax deductions, debt division, maiden name). We will go over the costs associated with filing for a divorce or filing an answer and counterclaim, the evidence needed for certain claims and the benefits of trying to settle your matter early on in the case. Jersey City Divorce Attorney Santo Artusa and his team are experienced in family law litigation and can help you achieve your case goals. During your consultation, we will explain the process to you in an unrushed and in a relaxed environment. It is our goal to help you in this time of your life and to be your guide.

To setup an appointment in our Jersey City office or over the phone, please call us on 201-706-7910 today, we represent individuals in every county in New Jersey.

The Artusa Law Firm is a full service New Jersey litigation firm that handles all family law related matters, commercial litigation, personal injury, car and truck accidents, criminal law and landlord/tenant litigation throughout New Jersey. To view all of the legal service we offer in the area, visit: Artusa Law Firm-Jersey City Lawyers.

For information about what to ask a family law or divorce attorney in New Jersey, visit: Top Questions to ask a divorce lawyer in New Jersey.

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