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Family Law Attorney in New Jersey

Matrimonial/Family Law in New Jersey

Enduring a divorce is an extremely painful and extremely stressful time in life – one that, although unfortunate in every aspect, shouldn’t ruin your health and well-being. At Simon Law Group, we have experienced designated attorneys to handle marital separation cases, and we’re here to make the process as smooth as possible for you while ensuring the absolute protection of your assets, and helping you to determine the best course of action for child custody if you have children.Family_Law_Attorney_Simon_Law_Group.jpg

If you’re contemplating whether or not to file, consult us, and we’ll discuss the 6 critical areas to understand: Cause of Action, Child Custody, Child Support, Alimony, Equitable Distribution, and Payment of Fees. If your case requires post-judgment work, our experienced team of New Jersey family law attorneys can assist you with that, as well.

Whether you need sound advice, or you’re looking to ensure protection against inappropriate behavior or unnecessary attacks on your well-being, call us - we’re prepared to answer all of your questions.  Don’t wait for your life to spiral downward before you seek help. You don't just need any divorce lawyer in New Jersey, contact us today as Simon Law Group is ready to help you.

Child Custody in New Jersey

There are two types of custody provisions in New Jersey: legal custody and residential custody. Legal custody determines how your child(ren) will be raised and concerns such things as schooling, religious training, etc (which can include joint legal custody). Residential custody, also known as physical custody, determines with whom the child(ren) will live (custodial parent), as well as a fair and equitable parenting time schedule. Our family law attorneys have not only the knowledge but the proven skillset and track record to navigate this difficult and often uncertain time. We can help you navigate to your ideal custody arrangement 

Child Support

Child support is the amount of money that each parent must pay for their children. It results from a formula found in the New Jersey Rules of Court and applies to both parents. It is based on their incomes as well as overnight parenting time with the child(ren). Child support is a right that belongs to the child although there is a common misconception that it belongs to the residential parent. Child support is usually paid until a child is emancipated. Our team of family law attorneys is ready to help you.


Alimony refers to the monetary support paid by one party to another in a divorce.

The law in New Jersey changed in September 2014 when the Governor signed into law the alimony reform bill.  Previous law allowed for three types of alimony 1) Limited Duration, 2) Permanent, and 3) Rehabilitative. Permanent alimony no longer exists.

The three categories have been reduced to Open durational alimony, or Limited duration alimony.

Divorce_Lawyer_near_me.jpgAs a result of the new law, both payer and receiving spouse can no longer depend on an alimony award that lasts for the duration of the marriage. This would be an exceptional circumstance. Under the new law, in general, alimony cannot be for longer than the length of the marriage, except if the marriage lasted for 20 years or longer. Only then would the receiving spouse receive open durational alimony.

Alimony is a complicated process and it is best handled by experienced divorce attorneys in New Jersey.

Equitable Distribution

Equitable distribution is the fair and equitable distribution of assets and liabilities acquired during the marriage. It does not always mean equal, although it may in some cases. Equitable distribution can relate to things such as furniture, vehicles, pension plans, tax-deferred plans, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, mortgages, credit card debt, other loans. 

Uncontested Divorce

Not every divorce ends with both parties at each other's throats. If you are 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 family 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 divorce is a serious undertaking. Contact our team of New Jersey divorce lawyers today for us to help you avoid a contested divorce and messy divorce proceedings.

Domestic Violence/ Restraining Orders

Restraining Orders

A restraining order is a court order issued to prohibit a person from carrying out a particular action, namely approaching or contacting a specific person. Restraining orders can be useful in protecting victims of domestic violence. There are two types of restraining orders in New Jersey: Temporary and Final Restraining Orders. In terms of family law matter, restraining orders are some of the most important issues that you may face with the legal system, so contacting an experienced team of New Jersey family law attorneys is imperative.

A Temporary Restraining Order (“TRO”) is commonly issued to provide temporary protection from alleged abusers. In order for a temporary restraining order to be issued, a judge must have a “sufficient basis” to believe that domestic abuse has occurred.

A TRO is in effect until a hearing date.  On the hearing date, a Judge will determine if there is sufficient merit to grant the Final Restraining Order.  If you are the victim or accused, your best chance is with an experienced attorney.

A Final Restraining Order (“FRO”) issued is permanent.  For the victim, there is relief.  For the accused, it can affect your employment, right to own hunting equipment and relationship with your family and children.  In addition, if there are children in the home, New Jersey’s Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP) (previously “DYFS”) can be notified.  You need to ensure that you have quality representation to protect your rights and your future. Many times it’s a two-way street.  The “victim” is sometimes the abuser.  People can use Restraining Orders as a tool to gain an upper hand in a divorce.   Ensure protection of yourself and your family.

Contact us immediately if you are involved in or are considering a restraining order, as this family law matter can be an essential piece of your safety and well-being.


The Division of Child Protection and Permanency (formerly DYFS) is a controversial regulatory body in New Jersey with the ability to separate you and your children. While this sounds like an exaggeration, their purpose is to investigate accusations of child abuse and mistreatment and to place children into the environment that will help them best succeed in life. Accusations of abuse are often anonymous and require no basis of fact before an investigation is begun. If you are anonymously accused of mistreating your children, you do not have the right to know who has made that tip against you.   

Many have felt powerless when the DCPP open an investigation into them. Some have felt bullied or have had their lives intruded upon. There's no easy solution or magic word that will make the investigation go away, typically they are resolved in 60 days but there are many nuances to every case, as the nuances of every different family. Contact us to make sure you understand your rights and what rights the DCPP has when interviewing you and your loved ones. 

Other issues you may face with family law in New Jersey:

  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Postnuptial Agreements
  • Contested Divorces


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New Jersey Family Courts we appear in regularly

Bergen County 
Justice Center, Room 119
10 Main Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601

Essex County 
Family Division Dissolution Unit
Wilentz Justice Complex, Room 113
212 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102

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

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

Monmouth County
Family Part, Courthouse
71 Monument Park
P.O. Box 1252
Freehold, NJ 07728-1252

Morris County
Morris County Family Division
Morris County Courthouse Family Intake
Washington and Court Streets
P.O. Box 910
Morristown, NJ 07963

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

Sussex County
Sussex County Family Division
Sussex County Judicial Center
43-47 High Street
Newton, NJ 07860

Union County
Dissolution Assignment Office
New Annex Bldg.; Courthouse
2 Broad Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07207

Warren County
Family Division Dissolution Unit
413 Second St.;
P.O. Box 900
Belvidere, NJ 07823-1500