New Jersey Family Law Attorney

Family law is an extensive legal practice area that includes marriage, divorce, annulment, parentage, child custody, child support, child visitation, termination of parental rights, adoption, domestic abuse, restraining orders, proceedings in juvenile court, and a myriad of other legal concerns that pertain to one’s family.

New Jersey Family Law AttorneyFamily law may involve the representation of an individual, couple, or entire family depending on the unique set of facts presented. Family law is an often intricate and specialized area of practice. It largely is governed by state law so it varies from state to state, as no two states share identical laws. Because of the complexities and statutory nuances of the law, it is important, if not vital, that you seek out a New Jersey family law attorney who focuses his or her practice on family law full-time. They will have valuable working experience with the courts, judges, clerks, and local rules as well as firsthand knowledge of state law specifics.

Bart W. Lombardo is a dedicated and compassionate New Jersey family law attorney who dedicates his full-time practice to handling New Jersey Family law matters. Regardless of your specific family law issue, we are here to help. We take great pride in not only obtaining the best possible outcomes for our clients, but in also providing that extra human element that so many other attorneys and law offices lack.

When you come to our offices, you are not just another faceless client. Your case and your family matter to us. We promptly return all phone calls and you will find our rates to be very fair and reasonable. Here are just a few of the many family law issues we can assist you with:

Divorce

Going through a divorce can be difficult. Divorces are often contentious, emotionally draining, and filled with uncertainty. The process of dissolving the most important emotional and financial relationship of one’s life carries with it a great deal of stress and anxiety. Because divorces are major life events with lasting repercussions, one should have an experienced New Jersey family law attorney by their side every step of the way.

Considerations such as the proper legal grounds to allege when filing for divorce, child support, child custody, alimony, the division of marital assets, and who gets to keep the marital home are just a few of the many concerns that we address day in and day out when handling divorce cases.

In New Jersey, a party can file for divorce upon fault grounds and no-fault grounds. The decision upon which ground to file can have lasting financial effects on both the parties’ lives going forward. The distribution of marital property is a complicated and fact intensive inquiry. New Jersey courts do not divide the marital assets equally; rather, under the state’s equitable distribution laws, numerous factors dictate how much of the marital property each party gets to keep, and these same factors also go into deciding who gets to keep the marital home.

New Jersey also recognizes a form of divorce called a “divorce from bed and board,” which permits parties to be legally separated, but not completely divorced. Filing this type of action may be the correct option for couples who wish to live apart for a period of time to determine if they really do wish to end their marriage and can also be beneficial to certain people of faith whose religion does not permit divorce.

If you are involved in a divorce, or are considering one, there are innumerable concerns and decisions that must be made properly, as your future well-being, along with that of your children, is at stake. The decision to divorce should not be taken lightly. Call us today and allow us to assist you with your divorce. We have a proven track record of excellent outcomes and we will navigate you through all of the difficult issues that you may encounter.

Child Support

Regardless of whether parents were ever married, New Jersey law requires that both parents provide support for their children. The state uses an “Income Shares Model” set forth in New Jersey’s Child Support Guidelines. The amount of support owed pursuant to the Guidelines is predicated on the combined net income of both parents. Determining a party’s net income for the purposes of child support can be tricky and confusing as the state permits deductions for items such as income tax, retirement contributions, and support a parent pays for other children etc. The State requires that “Sole Parenting Worksheets” or “Shared Parenting Worksheets” are properly completed and submitted to the court in every case. Sometimes, despite a parties’ actual earnings, a court may impute more income to a parent if the court determines that the parent is voluntarily unemployed or voluntarily underemployed. In such cases, the court may impute an income based upon that parent’s potential earning capacity.

Child Support enforcement issues frequently arise due to noncompliant parents who are either delinquent in their payments or refuse to pay altogether. Additionally, the state allows previous child support awards to be modified based upon a “material change” in circumstances of the parties. What rises to the level of a material change varies from case to case as it is a fact-based inquiry.

New Jersey’s child support laws are incredibly detailed and can be very confusing to navigate. When your child’s well-being is at stake it is very important that you have an experienced New Jersey family law attorney to guide you through the many complicated issues that arise from computing net incomes and completing the proper worksheets, to assisting you with the enforcement of a prior child support award, or modifying a prior award because circumstances in your life that have materially changed.

When it comes to the support of your child, it is best left to caring professionals who know the law. Call us today for a free consultation so that we can start working on your child support case immediately.

Child Custody

Child custody matters are frequently litigated among married and unmarried parents alike. Issues that commonly arise involve which parent will have physical and legal custody of the child and when, along with who has the legal decision making power over the child. Courts require parties to complete parenting plans where parenting time with the child is specifically spelled out. Although the parties are strongly encouraged to come to an agreement as to the parenting plan, in contested cases where proposed parenting plans are under dispute, the decision may be left up to the court, which must weigh several factors in determining what is in “the best interest of the child.”

Custody issues frequently arise when one parent wishes to move the child out of state without the agreement of the other parent. In these cases, the moving parent must petition the court for permission to relocate the child or possibly risk criminal charges. These cases can become quite heated and legally difficult given the magnitude of what is at stake for the parent and child.

For parents without any physical custody of the child, visitation may be at issue. In contested visitation cases courts generally award some type of visitation so long as it is in the best interest of the child. A court may award supervised or unsupervised visitation. Other custody cases may involve unfit parents where a party petitions the court for sole physical custody or even the termination of the other parent’s parental rights when that parent is abusing the child or endangering the child’s physical and developmental health.

Additionally, the need for modifications of existing child custody orders are commonly seen when people’s circumstances change and evolve, or when the needs of the child change. Court orders concerning custody and visitation can always be amended or modified by the parties. However, where the parties cannot agree to a modification, the parent seeking the change must petition the court for the modification and prove that a significant “change of circumstances” necessitates modifying the existing order.

No matter the issue, dedicated New Jersey family law attorney Bart W. Lombardo can help you with your child custody case. When it comes to the well-being of your child, you need an attorney experienced and versed in child custody issues to ensure you get the best possible outcome. We are full-time family law attorneys and we have handled thousands of custody cases. Allow us the privilege of assisting you with this most important matter concerning your child. Call us today for a free consultation.

No matter what your family law issue may be, we can assist you. Dedicated New Jersey family law attorney Bart W. Lombardo has expertise handling all types of family law cases including marriage, divorce, annulment, parentage, child custody, child support, child visitation, termination of parental rights, adoption, restraining orders and more.

Nothing in life is more precious or important than your family. When it comes to your family law issue, it is absolutely paramount that you hire a skilled and experienced New Jersey family law attorney who knows his or her way around the courtroom and the laws. Don’t wait; call us today for a free consultation so that we may begin to work on your case immediately. Allow us the privilege of assisting you and your family!