If you're going through a family law matter like divorce or a child custody battle, you may be having a hard time making decisions or reaching resolutions with your partner, and that’s where we come in. The Glen F. Haley Law Firm understands what you're going through and wants to reassure you that having such complex feelings during your legal matter is completely normal. After all, the decisions you make now will change your life for many years to come. So, our firm’s goal is to offer you compassion and support during this tough time and the cost-efficient legal services to help you reach peaceful resolutions.
The Glen F. Haley Law Firm is equipped to handle family matters such as:
An important post-divorce matter that will require the experience and skill of a dedicated family lawyer is child custody. There are 4 basic types of custody arrangements in New Jersey – legal custody, physical custody, joint custody, and sole custody, which can also be combined (e.g., joint legal custody). Note that a parent who does not have physical custody may petition for “visitation” rights, or “parenting time,” which allows non-custodial parents to spend time with their children.
Parents can reach a custody arrangement on their own without the interference of the court, but if they cannot resolve these custody issues on their own, the court will step in. The primary factor a court will consider to decide on a child custody order will be the child’s best interests, which includes:
Premarital agreements are becoming more and more common among prospective couples, and for good reason. Premarital agreements, or prenuptial agreements, help prospective spouses define, prior to legal marriage, their rights and obligations after a marriage. Prenuptial agreements can expedite a conventionally long divorce process, as they may establish post-divorce issues like property division or spousal support. The following matters may be addressed in a New Jersey premarital agreement:
Note that issues related to children, such as child support and child custody, may not be decided in a prenuptial agreement, as these matters are typically decided by a court based on the best interests of the child – not the spouses.
It is advisable that both spouses consult an attorney before entering into a premarital agreement, as an experienced marriage lawyer can ensure the prospective spouses’ rights are being protected, especially in the context of potential married life.
One of the most important matters of family law is divorce. A couple that decides to legally terminate their marriage in New Jersey may file for fault or no-fault divorce. During a divorce proceeding, the court will also make important decisions about issues like child custody and support, property distribution, and alimony awards, among many others. To file for divorce in the state, either spouse must have been a New Jersey resident for the last year.
Note that New Jersey law requires the plaintiff to file in the county where the actions that led to the divorce happened. For example, if a spouse deserted the plaintiff, the divorce should be filed in the county where they resided during the desertion.
After filing with the court, the plaintiff must then fill out the summons and then serve their spouse with a copy of the divorce paperwork. The spouse that was served has 35 days after receiving the divorce paperwork to respond by filing:
No matter what family law issue you are facing in Hackensack, New Jersey, The Glen F. Haley Law Firm can help you navigate your situation. Especially in tense situations involving divorce, child custody, or even negotiating prenuptial agreements, having an experienced and understanding family lawyer by your side will make a significant difference. Attorney Glen F. Haley, Esq. can handle your family legal matter for you efficiently at a low cost; schedule your consultation today to learn more.
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