Divorce Services in New Jersey

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                                      New Jersey Divorce Lawyers

                                      Enduring a divorce can be a stressful time in life – one that, although unfortunate, shouldn’t ruin your health and well-being, but should instead provide time for healing, growth, and new opportunities. 

                                      At Simon Law Group, our designated divorce and custody attorneys bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table, ensuring that your divorce process is as smooth as possible. Our primary goal is not only to provide top-tier legal representation, but also to help guide you through this turbulent time by offering suggestions and solutions to complex issues, from dividing assets, to ensuring a safe and secure domestic living environment free from Domestic Violence, to addressing any concerns you might have with respect to Child Custody, Estate Planning, Alimony, and so forth.

                                      If you’re contemplating whether or not to file, reach out to us, and we’ll walk you through each of the critical areas to understand, the main 6 of which include: Causes of Action, Child Custody, Child Support, Alimony, Equitable Distribution, and Payment of Fees. If your case requires post-judgment work, we can assist you with that, as well.

                                      Likewise, if you're on the receiving end of a Divorce complaint are considering whether to hire an attorney, contact us at your earliest convenience and we can work together to find an equitable solution that works for you in your unique situation. If your spouse has retained a lawyer to work on his or her behalf, we strongly recommend you consult us even if your spouse assures you that the divorce will be "uncontested." We can assure you that it's better to have a 2nd set of eyes reviewing things to ensure that your interests are adequately secured, as overlooking something or misinterpreting a contractual agreement can mean the difference between your financial security and years of debt-service and a more difficult road ahead. 

                                      Whether you need simple sound advice or detailed step-by-step guidance, call us. We’re prepared to answer all of your questions.

                                      ***If you are a victim of Domestic Violence and are considering filing for divorce or if you have received a Divorce Complaint and you feel you need protection against your spouse, contact us immediately. If your need is urgent and critical in which you feel your life is in immediate danger, dial 9-1-1 and contact our office. ***

                                      Uncontested Divorce

                                      Not every divorce ends with both parties at each other's throats. If you're still on good terms with your partner at the time of your separation, you may be looking to avoid the long arduous painful court trial and amicably separate your assets. This is always the best outcome in a divorce especially if there are children involved it can spare them significant emotional trauma. If both parties agree to things such as alimony and visitation rights. 

                                      Like anything having to do with the law in New Jersey there are going to be preliminary issues that need to be sorted out before an uncontested divorce is approved. These include issues of residence and the legal grounds for your divorce, irreconcilable differences for instance. 

                                      While you can go through the process of uncontested divorce without the help of an attorney, there are benefits to seeking out representation. Even if just to have someone for consultation and advice. These processes can be difficult for any level of competence. Without having someone on your shoulder guiding you, even in the best situation a divorce is a serious undertaking. 

                                      Learn more about Uncontested Divorces.

                                      Concealed & Hidden Property

                                       

                                      Whether your spouse is hiding money or property is a concern many people face in the divorce process, and it's completely normal to wonder. If you're suspicious that your spouse is attempting to conceal assets from you in the leadup to divorce proceedings, it's imperative you inform your attorney. In a situation like this, an experienced divorce firm is often able to track down hidden assets. While it may be a simple mistake, New Jersey laws demand that all assets be disclosed and discoverable by both parties and their attorneys. If you suspect your spouse to be hiding money or property, contact us.

                                      Estate Planning Considerations

                                       

                                      Following a Divorce, your Estate Plan should be updated to reflect the changes in your life. Failing to create a new Last Will & Testament may result in distributions of your estate in whole or in part to your former spouse, which could be against your wishes and interests and may cause strife and discord among your loved ones. We recommend contacting us to draft and finalize a new Estate Plan that reflects your current situation, which is especially important if you have significant property interests.

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                                      Remaining at Home vs. Leaving

                                       

                                      Deciding whether to stay in your marital home, which you and your spouse may have resided at together for years, can be an emotionally upsetting idea, particularly when you live with children. Further, leaving your home can impact the outcome of your divorce, as the judge will factor in how your absence affects the custody of your children, alimony payments, child support considerations, and more. Before choosing to leave your marital property behind, consult with a qualified New Jersey divorce and family law attorney who can help you navigate the next best steps for your situation.

                                      Divorce-related Personal Injury Claims

                                       

                                      When victimized by an act of domestic violence, you may be able to file an action against your spouse known in New Jersey as a Tevis claim during your Divorce case. There are many significant advantages to bringing a Tevis claim as part of your divorce lawsuit.

                                      For example, you may be able to sue your husband for monetary damages for pain and suffering, compensatory damages for any money you had to put up as a consequence of your spouse's attack, and potentially, punitive damages.

                                      You may use the Tevis claim as a negotiating tool in your divorce case, agreeing to dismiss it in return for a greater portion of equitable distribution. While there are several advantages to filing a Tevis claim, there are also some disadvantages. For example, you'd have to show both bodily and mental harm, which can be proven through medical data. Depending on the severity of your physical injuries, you may need to hire a medical practitioner to testify on your side, which may be somewhat costly.

                                      If you want to pursue emotional damages as well, you'll almost certainly need to hire an expert to testify about the emotional effect the assault had (or continues to have) on you, which can cost several thousand dollars. If the matter proceeds to trial, experts will be compensated for their testimony with an extra fee. If you're claiming emotional harm, your own treatment records may also be reviewed.

                                      In addition to the expense of hiring an expert to establish damages, pursuing a personal injury claim as part of a divorce can be expected to raise your attorney's costs since you'd be dealing with both the personal injury claim as well as the divorce lawsuit.

                                      Important Points to Keep in Mind When Filing a Tevis Claim:

                                      Due to the Entire Controversy Doctrine, a Tevis claim must be made in your divorce suit. Because the whole dispute concept compels you to file all claims in one action, if you do not mention the Tevis claim in your divorce case, you'd likely be prohibited from filing a personal injury claim against your husband after the divorce is finalized.

                                      Prosecuting the Tevis claim within the divorce case would entail a more detailed Case Management Order and deadlines for an Independent Medical Evaluation that you must complete. Likewise, separate interrogatories and demands for production of documents that are solely related to the Tevis claim would need to be drafted and produced, among others. Following negotiations with your spouse's attorney, if the Tevis claim is dismissed, the divorce case would be refocused on questions of fair distribution, alimony, and child support, as well as any other arrangements or agreements you decide on.

                                      That said, because Tevis claims are heard in front of the same judge as your divorce case, this may work out in your favor since this single judge would be privy to not just all of the problems in the divorce, but also the facts surrounding your Personal Injury claim and the outcome of the equitable distribution agreement. Based on this one judge's understanding of equitable asset allocation, he or she would be in a better position to determine the appropriate judgment for any monetary damages.

                                      If you're considering filing a Personal Injury claim against your spouse and you want it included in your Divorce, contact us today for a free and confidential consultation at 800-709-1131 or fill out the form below.

                                       

                                      Post-Divorce & Post-Judgment Services

                                      Sometimes, the terms of your Divorce Agreement can be amended following a major change of circumstances in your life. Alternatively, if your ex-wife or ex-husband is failing to abide by the terms of your Agreement, you may be entitled to enforce your Agreement in court. For example, if your former spouse has recently begun earning substantially more money, or if you've recently been diagnosed with a life-altering disease, we may be able to petition to renegotiate certain terms. Conversely, if your former spouse is not paying Alimony or Child Support, we can help you enforce your original Agreement and prompt your ex to pay his or her fair share. 

                                      While it may appear burdensome or emotionally taxing to consult an attorney again following your divorce proceedings, we recognize that life can take us in a variety of directions. If your personal situation is different than it used to be when you made that agreement -- or if your former spouse's life has taken a turn -- then it may be wise to discuss the possibility of modifying or enforcing the terms of your agreement with a qualified divorce attorney, as doing so can help ensure your ex's compliance and reinforce your financial security.  

                                      POST DIVORCE SERVICES

                                      New Jersey Family Courts we appear in regularly:

                                      Bergen County 
                                      Justice Center, Room 119
                                      10 Main Street
                                      Hackensack, NJ 07601
                                      (201) 527-2300

                                       

                                      Essex County 
                                      Family Division Dissolution Unit
                                      Wilentz Justice Complex, Room 113
                                      212 Washington Street
                                      Newark, NJ 07102
                                      (973) 693-6710

                                       

                                      Family Division Non-Dissolution Unit
                                      Wilentz Justice Complex, Room 1365
                                      212 Washington Street
                                      Newark, NJ 07012
                                      (973) 693-5560 or (973) 693-5520

                                       

                                      Hudson County
                                      Family Intake Team
                                      Administration Bldg., Room 203
                                      595 Newark Avenue
                                      Jersey City, NJ 07306
                                      (201) 795-6777

                                       

                                      Hunterdon County 
                                      Family Case Management Office
                                      Hunterdon County Justice Center
                                      65 Park Avenue
                                      Flemington, NJ 08822
                                      (908) 237-5920

                                       

                                      Mercer County
                                      Family Case Management Office
                                      175 S. Broad St., 2nd Floor
                                      P.O. Box 8068
                                      Trenton, NJ 08650-0068
                                      (609) 571-4200

                                       

                                      Middlesex County
                                      Family Part Intake Reception Team
                                      Family Courthouse
                                      120 New St., Room 111
                                      P.O. Box 2691
                                      New Brunswick, NJ 08903-2691
                                      (732) 519-3242

                                      Monmouth County
                                      Family Part, Courthouse
                                      71 Monument Park
                                      P.O. Box 1252
                                      Freehold, NJ 07728-1252
                                      (732) 677-4050

                                       

                                      Morris County
                                      Morris County Family Division
                                      Morris County Courthouse Family Intake
                                      Washington and Court Streets
                                      P.O. Box 910
                                      Morristown, NJ 07963
                                      (973) 656-4000

                                       

                                      Somerset County
                                      Family Case Management Office
                                      Courthouse, 2nd Floor
                                      P.O. Box 3000
                                      Somerville, NJ 08876-1262
                                      (908) 231-7600

                                       

                                      Sussex County
                                      Sussex County Family Division
                                      Sussex County Judicial Center
                                      43-47 High Street
                                      Newton, NJ 07860
                                      (973) 579-0630

                                       

                                      Union County
                                      Dissolution Assignment Office
                                      New Annex Bldg.; Courthouse
                                      2 Broad Street
                                      Elizabeth, NJ 07207
                                      (908) 659-3314

                                       

                                      Warren County
                                      Family Division Dissolution Unit
                                      Courthouse
                                      413 Second St.;
                                      P.O. Box 900
                                      Belvidere, NJ 07823-1500
                                      (908) 475-6150

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