Newfoundland, New Jersey Family Law Attorney

No two divorces are alike. Every marital breakup has unique legal, financial, and/or parenting issues that require resolution strategies. But every divorce undergoes the same general journey and the destination is always the same: from shared to separate lives. The divorce process is complicated and it can be an emotional rollercoaster. It is a wrenching experience and can upset your lifestyle in profound ways. It can also damage your children’s psychological growth if you and your spouse do not consider their well being and act in a way that supports an amicable resolution.

In over 35 years of practicing Law, Edward P. Azar has handled hundreds of divorces    from simple uncontested matters to extremely complicated divorces including custody and support issues. Ed has also been appointed by the Court to act as a chairman for one of the Early Settlement Panels in Passaic County, providing assistance to attorneys and spouses in bringing closure to their divorce. In divorce proceedings and all related family matters, there is no substitute in experience, confidence, and a reasonable approach in bringing your family matter to a resolution.

Our office makes a commitment to each and every client to represent them aggressively, zealously, and with determination to an appropriate and fair result.

If you and your spouse just can not agree, then your case goes to trial. Divorce trials can take many months. They are never pleasant and always expensive. Generally, you and your spouse each tell your respective side of the story before the judge (and the public). You take the stand, and your lawyer asks you questions that help you to explain your side. Your spouse’s lawyer has the right to cross-examine you or challenge your testimony. The same hold true for your spouse. Each of you duke it out and attempt to make your case look more believable. Finally, the judge, a stranger who only knows you through what he or she has seen in court weighs all the evidence and makes the final decision. Who gets what? What items and accounts legitimately belong to you? Who should keep the marital home? Who gets which car? How about the cottage? The family business?

Marital Property is that property which has been acquired during the period of the marriage. It includes everything from personal property, household items, real property, pensions, retirement accounts, virtually everything in a marital onset except inheritance which is specifically excluded by statute. New Jersey classifies the property owned by the spouses as “marital” or “separate”. Separate or pre-marital property belonged to one spouse before marriage or was a gift to one spouse. The goal of property division is “equitable distribution” meaning a fair division of assets and debts but not always equal. The more financially complicated your divorce, the longer this will take, you may need an accountant, a business valuator, or a financial planner to make sense of all the assets and liabilities involved. Often referred to as “alimony” or “maintenance”, spousal support is a monthly amount of money that a new financially secure spouse can be ordered (or agree) to pay their ex- spouse, to help maintain a lifestyle to which the latter has become accustomed. The purpose of spousal support is not to punish your ex but to maintain your lifestyle.

Child support is what a non-custodial parent regularly pays to the custodial parent in order to support the children from the marriage. This way, both parents can financially contribute to raising the children. In New Jersey we use a formula known as Child Support Guidelines. The guidelines use the income of each parent, overnight visitations, insurance obligations, ages of the children, and other financial considerations to determine the support obligations. One of the most important decisions is where and with whom the children will live. Is joint custody in their best interests, or should they live with one parent full-time with regular visits with the other? Unless you spouse is abusive, both of you should work together to create an agreement in which you both have a fair and reasonable opportunity to raise your children. Custody battles in court are usually full of character slurs and accusations that are emotionally traumatic for you and more so for the children.

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In order to obtain a divorce in the State of New Jersey you need to meet two requirements. First you must be a resident in the State of New Jersey for 12 months before you file for divorce. Secondly, you must have a reason to end your marriage, commonly known as cause of action. New Jersey has both fault, and no fault grounds for divorce. Fault grounds are typically extreme cruelty, adultery, alcoholism, drug abuse, or physical or sexual desertion. No fault grounds are 18 months of separation before filing for divorce, or irreconcilable differences that have existed for 6 months before filing. Judges typically do not spend a great deal of time on the grounds for divorce. Rarely does the cause of action for divorce have an effect on the financial aspects, or equitable distribution. The financial aspects support maintenance, custody, visitation are typically the aspects of divorce are the typical focus of the judges attention.

The divorce process is complicated, and this brief summary does not touch on the emotional rollercoaster ride that a divorce can be. It´s a wrenching experience that can cost a lot of money and upset your lifestyle in profound ways. It can also damage your children’s psychological growth if you and your spouse do not consider their well being and act in a way that supports an amicable divorce. Once it´s all done, you’re free to start over so the sooner you get to the end, the better for all involved. In over 35 years of practicing law, Edward P. Azar has handled hundreds of divorces from simple uncontested matters to extremely complicated divorces including custody and support issues. Ed has also been appointed by the Court to act as a chairman for one of the Early Settlement Panels in Passaic County, providing assistance to attorneys and spouses in bringing closure to their divorce. In divorce proceedings and all related family matters, there is no substitute in experience, confidence, and a reasonable approach in bringing your family matter to a resolution.

Located in Newfoundland, New Jersey, our law firm strives to be there for each client throughout these difficult times. We believe that by being responsive to the needs and questions of our clients through timely feedback, we can keep these cases moving toward a positive resolution.