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Experienced Family Law Attorneys In New Jersey
Divorce or separation is one of the hardest things that you’ll ever go through.
We won’t sugar coat that.
What we can do is assure you that when you meet with the divorce attorneys at Maduabum Law Firm in New Jersey, you will be met with compassion, genuine understanding and a plan of action.
The legal process of ending a marriage involves many different aspects.
Our attorneys can help you with:
- The Divorce Process
- Finances on Divorce
- Custody Agreements
- Child Support
- Spousal Support
- Pre and Post Nuptial Agreements
At Maduabum Law Firm in New Jersey, our family law and divorce attorneys take pride in being your support and strength through your divorce. Whilst it can be frustrating not to receive concrete answers about what your future looks like, the nature of divorce law in New Jersey is that it is flexible in order to meet each family’s needs.
Everyone’s situation is different. You need a personalized approach. In order for us to give you a clear understanding about your options and the best way forward, you will need to meet with one of our experienced family law attorneys to discuss your personal circumstances and your goals. To book an appointment, call and speak to our expert team today.
Guiding You Through The Challenges Of Family Law
Any legal issue can be stressful, but legal matters involving your family can be particularly concerning. Family law cases often have the potential to affect not only your finances but also your relationships with your children, spouse or other family members, as well. The strong emotions accompanying family law issues make it difficult to make sound decisions, and the legal complications involved can result in simple judgment errors that have long-term negative consequences. Because so much is on the line, you should always consult with an experienced family law attorney if you are facing any case involving your family.
At Maduabum Law Firm LLC, we represent clients in divorce and other family law matters in Newark and throughout New Jersey. Our lawyers provide personalized service and dedicated advocacy. We will help you understand the process and make smart decisions that will protect your future and your family.
Common Causes for Divorce
Divorce can often be one of the most emotionally trying times in your life. Whether or not you agree to the divorce, the process can significantly disrupt the lives of you and your family. In addition, there are many steps that you must take and procedures you must follow in order for the court to grant a divorce petition and legally dissolve your marriage.
There are several reasons for which you may file for divorce in New Jersey – some that are based on the “fault” of one party and others that are based on “no-fault.” You must determine which reason applies in your case given the following options:
- Desertion: One spouse left and has been gone for 12 continuous months or more (fault-based).
- Cruelty: In the past three months, your spouse has acted in an abusive or violent manner toward you (fault-based).
- Separation: You and your spouse have been living separately for 18 months or more (no-fault).
- Irreconcilable differences: For the past six months or more, you and your spouse have been unable to get along, and you see no realistic chance that you will reconcile (no-fault).
In addition to citing the correct grounds for divorce, there are several issues that must be decided before a divorce can be finalized. If you and your spouse cannot agree, the court will have to make the decisions for you, and divorce trials can be contentious and expensive. An experienced divorce attorney will seek to facilitate negotiation, mediation and agreement between spouses, whenever possible, during your divorce case.
Assertive Representation In Property Disputes
One important matter that must be settled is how you and your spouse will divide your property, assets and debts. In New Jersey, the division must be “equitable,” which does not necessarily mean “equal” but does mean “fair.” An attorney can help you with the following property disputes and more:
- Bank, investment and retirement accounts
- Furniture and household belongings
- Any other real estate properties
- Business interests
- The family home
- Motor vehicles
It is important to have an experienced lawyer helping you make sure your property is divided fairly and that you do not lose out on what is rightfully yours.
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Divorces And Separations Involving Alimony/Spousal Support
In some cases, it may be appropriate for one spouse to seek alimony (also called spousal support) following a divorce. Alimony is often awarded if one spouse has stopped working to care for children or the household or if a divorce would leave one spouse in a significantly different financial situation than the other. Alimony helps to support a spouse until they can receive the education, training or experience they need to support themselves. Whether you are seeking alimony or your spouse has requested that you pay alimony, our experienced attorneys can help ensure that the alimony award is fair.
Making Sure Your Children Get The Financial Support They Need
Legal matters involving children can arise due to a divorce or outside of a divorce case if the parents were not married or if they have been divorced for some time. One of the most important legal issues regarding children is child support. Both legal parents have the duty to financially support their children, and this often means that one parent should pay support to the other to help cover the expenses and basic needs of a child. In New Jersey, child support is calculated by a specific formula that takes into consideration each parent’s income, expenses and custodial responsibilities. Our child support lawyers can review and evaluate any child support determinations to ensure that they are fair and can request a modification of an existing order if needed.
Our Attorneys Handle Child Custody And Parenting Plans
Courts in New Jersey determine custody and visitation rights of parents based on the “best interests of the child.” Best interests can involve many factors, including:
- Other practical concerns, such as job schedules, travel and more
- The ability of the parents to cooperate and communicate
- Emotional needs
- Geographical location of the homes
- Physical safety and health
- The child’s relationship with each parent
Even if two parents agree on a custody and visitation arrangement, the arrangement must be reviewed by the court to ensure that it is in the best interests of the child before it can be approved. In addition, if there are questions regarding the safety of the child, including criminal charges, a case may be further complicated if child protective services gets involved.
Contact Maduabum Law Firm LLC Today
At Maduabum Law Firm LLC, our committed and experienced family law lawyers can assist you with the above family services and more.
How long will my divorce take?
In New Jersey, there are no set time limits when it comes to filing for divorce. The amount of time it takes between filing your divorce complaint and the case being finalized varies.
If you and your ex are able to agree on key areas such as finances and custody, it could be finalized in as little as six months. If more negotiation is required, the process could take over a year.
There are various strategies that we can advise you on in order to move ahead as efficiently as possible.
How do we divide our belongings?
Deciding how to divide personal items is often the most emotional part of a divorce. Not only are you losing the life that you have become used to, but you could also have to give up sentimental possessions too.
In terms of photographs, consider a high quality photocopy which means that each party gets to keep them. For physical items like pieces of furniture, wedding gifts or collections that you’ve created together, there really is no set answer.
Do I have to go to court?
As your divorce attorneys, we want to help you get through your divorce or separation without spending a fortune or a long period of time being stressed.
If you and your ex are able to reach an agreement through mediation or through negotiations via attorneys, you will not have to step foot in a courtroom.
It is possible in New Jersey for a divorce to be a paper based exercise, which can save time and costs if it is the right approach for you.
What should my first move be?
Divorce law in New Jersey is flexible to allow for each individual family’s needs to be accounted for. That being said, there are no black and white rules about what will definitely happen in your case.
The first move should therefore be to speak to an expert attorney who can talk through your circumstances – who is in your family, where you live, what your combined earnings are and your expenses.
From there, our attorney will be able to walk you through all of the possible scenarios and come up with a plan to get you moving forwards.
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