New Jersey Divorce Lawyer
Beside You During Your Divorce
No matter the circumstances of your divorce, separation, or other family law matters, it can be an emotionally-draining experience.
It is important to have an experienced New Jersey divorce law firm behind you to work through your significant and important legal issues. At MR. Men’s Rights Divorce & Family Law of New Jersey by Schultz & Associates, LLC, our New Jersey divorce attorneys take the time to listen to your concerns before suggesting an approach to navigate the New Jersey divorce process.
Our family law attorneys handle every aspect of divorce, including:
- Divorce proceedings
- Divorce mediation
- Prenuptial agreements and mid-marriage (postnuptial) agreements
- Child custody
- Visitation and parenting time
- Child support
- Alimony and spousal support
- Cohabitation agreements
- Equitable distribution of the marital estate
- Domestic violence
- Parent and grandparents’ rights
- Stepparent rights
- Child abduction (United States and international)
- Restraining orders/Qualified domestic relations orders (QDROs)
- Child abuse matters (DYFS)
- Removal/relocation of parent and child
Our New Jersey divorce lawyers are devoted exclusively to the practice of family law. We handle any complex or high net-worth divorce cases, as well. You can rest assured that when you come to us for assistance, we offer sound legal advice and will help you from start to finish.
If you are thinking of starting a divorce or have been served with divorce papers, contact our experienced NJ divorce lawyers to schedule an initial consultation. Our law offices are here to help you navigate this journey.
Helping You Move Forward
Our goal is to reach a divorce settlement agreement for you that allows you to move forward with your life. We strive to anticipate and settle the details of your divorce in a way that reduces stress during the process and lessens the likelihood of contention after the divorce is finalized. We understand how important it is to maintain a civil relationship with your ex-spouse when you share children.
Our dedicated matrimonial law attorneys try to work things out through a logical approach. If litigation is necessary, our New Jersey divorce lawyers will aggressively represent your interests in court. Consulting with our legal counsel at MR. Men’s Rights Divorce & Family Law of New Jersey by Schultz & Associates, LLC not only places you in the best position while filing for divorce, but it also paves the way for a happy and safe future.
New Jersey Uncontested Divorce
There are contested and uncontested divorces in the State of New Jersey. A divorce normally starts out as contested and then once all of the issues are resolved between you and your spouses such as the division of assets, child custody, visitation, and support obligations, that is when we consider it an uncontested divorce. In other words, you two agree (even if eventually) on how to sort out the particulars whether that be with the help of attorneys, mediators, or just the two of you directly.
If you have reached a settlement agreement by negotiating directly with your spouse, we urge you to consult our New Jersey divorce lawyers to review the proposed agreement and ensure your rights are thoroughly protected.
Or, if you and your spouse are ready to work out the details of your divorce, we can help. At MR. Men’s Rights Divorce & Family Law of New Jersey by Schultz & Associates, LLC, our New Jersey divorce lawyers can guide you through the negotiation or mediation process and provide the advice you need to ensure fair results.
New Jersey Contested Divorce
A contested divorce case doesn’t mean your spouse is trying to force you to remain married. Instead, all it means is that at the current moment, you two do not agree on how to divide marital assets, child custody and parenting time, child support, or spousal support. There is a myriad of issues that you two must resolve before a judge can finalize the divorce.
We highly recommend you work with an experienced New Jersey divorce attorney during a contested divorce. You should be represented to ensure your rights are protected and your best interests advanced. Though we navigate many divorces outside of court, we are experienced trial attorneys that can fight for the best possible outcome for you and your children in court if need be.
Grounds for Divorce
New Jersey allows for a no-fault and fault-based divorce. Most couples choose to file a no-fault divorce and cite irreconcilable differences or separation lasting over 18 months. This is helpful for several reasons, including avoiding having to prove the other spouse did anything wrong and you don’t have to air your dirty laundry out to the public. It removes blame from the situation and can make the legal process move along a little faster.
In rare cases, after speaking with an experienced divorce attorney, you may choose to file for divorce based on a specific type of fault allowed by law. NJ Rev Stat § 2A:34-2 (2019) allows you to file for divorce on the grounds of:
- Extreme cruelty
- Drug or alcohol addiction
- Institutionalization for mental illness
- Deviant sexual conduct
There aren’t always benefits to filing based on one of these grounds. However, it might be beneficial to prove one of these circumstances if you are seeking full physical and legal custody of your children.
The Process of Divorce
If you are ready to file for divorce, we recommend contacting us to get started. First, we will determine if and where you can file for divorce in New Jersey. You or your spouse must have lived in the state for at least one year. You will file in the county where you or your spouse reside. We represent individuals filing for divorce in Bergen County and surrounding counties.
Service of Process
Once you file, it is time to serve your spouse. This typically is not challenging, but it can be if you do not know where your spouse is, they live overseas, or they are serving in the military. We ensure your spouse is properly served so your case can begin.
After you and your spouse have both filed your appearances in court, we can get down to the difficult task of defining what constitutes marital property and how to divide it. We are experienced in helping couples tackle issues like how to handle the family home, credit card debt, private student loan debt, retirement accounts, investment accounts, art, vehicles, and other types of assets and debts. We can help you navigate complicated issues like inherited property, family businesses, or suspected hidden assets.
Child Custody and Support
What is most important to parents is determining child custody, parenting time, and child support. Our experienced matrimonial attorneys will help you devise a parenting plan that is in your child’s best interest. If your spouse is not amenable to negotiating custody, then we are prepared to argue for a certain child custody and visitation schedule in court. The judge will not assume one parent is better suited than the other. They will decide custody based on the best interests of the child.
You and your spouse can agree to alimony, or the court can order it. The court will review many factors, including but not limited to the education, work experience, and income potential of both parties before deciding if one person should receive spousal support for a time or indefinitely until remarried or death.
You have several options during a divorce. You and your spouse, along with your legal counsel, can privately negotiate the terms of a settlement. You and your spouse can argue about each issue in court and let the judge decide. Or, you can both agree to mediation. A neutral third party, the mediator, guides your conversations to make sure they are productive and will make a recommendation on how to best resolve the issues that you and your spouse may be stuck on. The mediator never makes decisions regarding your divorce.
We are experienced in guiding individuals through the divorce mediation process. We ensure you are well-aware of your rights and legal options. We also can help you communicate effectively with your spouse and negotiate for the best possible outcome.
If you have already been through the New Jersey divorce process but your divorce agreement was reached through a legal error, we can certainly help. As strong litigators, the New Jersey divorce lawyers at MR. Men’s Rights Divorce & Family Law of New Jersey by Schultz & Associates, LLC, has built a reputation for handling these difficult and fact-specific cases. If you believe a legal mistake occurred in your original divorce proceedings that affected your end result, contact us to discuss all of your legal options.
Let a Bergen County, NJ Divorce Lawyer Help
There is nothing simple or easy about getting a divorce. But it does not have to be a contentious or lengthy process. We can help you get through this as smoothly as possible. When you are ready to talk, contact MR. Men’s Rights Divorce & Family Law of New Jersey by Schultz & Associates, LLC at (201) 430-7845 or reach out through our online form.