Morristown Divorce Lawyers Help You Transition
Divorce statistics remain consistent across all segments of society. At Laufer, Dalena, Jensen, Bradley & Doran, LLC, we have worked with hundreds of clients facing a range of economic and property issues, as well as child custody, child support, spousal support and alimony, division of assets, and other divorce-related issues.
Many of our clients work 40-hour-per-week jobs. Some own businesses, stock options and pension plans, as well as second homes, boats, and even valuable horse farms and equestrian assets. Our clients range from teachers and laborers to executives, professional athletes and CEOs.
Whatever the circumstance of your divorce or other family law issue, our Morristown divorce lawyers have helped others like you. We can provide the aggressive, compassionate and knowledgeable help you need during this challenging time. Contact us by calling 973-975-4043.
New Jersey Divorce Lawyers With A Commitment To Excellence Combined With Years Of Litigation And Mediation Experience
Our experience means that when we encounter a challenge, we are familiar with all available legal options. Our commitment to excellence means that we will pursue those options as we work toward each client’s optimal resolution through divorce mediation or litigation.
The following are examples of the divorce-related matters we handle:
- Collaborative divorce
- Uncontested divorce
- No-fault divorce
- Asset division
- Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
- Same-sex divorce and dissolution of domestic partnerships
- Property settlements
- Spousal support, also known as alimony, and lifestyle maintenance
- Post-judgment enforcements and modifications, including alimony orders
Strong litigation skills are necessary to present the strongest case possible and to prevail in a family law court. When our Morristown divorce lawyers handle a case, opposing counsel knows that we will not hesitate to file for a court date and that we will come prepared and battle-tested.
At the same time, we stress the advantages of divorce mediation, which often saves time and money while protecting privacy and keeping crucial decisions out of harried judges’ hands. Our attorney team includes certified divorce mediators, court-approved economic mediators, Morris County Early Settlement Program panelists and Supreme Court-appointed mediators.
Frequently Asked Questions About Divorce In New Jersey
If somebody has decided to get a divorce, what is the first step that they should take?
Planning for divorce can make a great difference in long-term financial security and, possibly, parent-child relationships. Consulting with an attorney can help someone map out the path forward to a timely, equitable divorce. We advise any new divorce client to begin preparing an inventory of assets and documenting parenting activities.
How long does the divorce process usually take in New Jersey?
A divorce may take anywhere from a few months to a year or longer. The time involved depends on the complexity of property division and co-parenting factors, as well as the degree of agreement or disagreement between the spouses on these issues.
How does a pre- or postnuptial agreement affect my divorce case?
Having a nuptial agreement that defines the outcome of a divorce can considerably quicken the time it takes to settle things. A nuptial agreement eliminates the opportunity to dispute certain issues like property division or alimony and child support agreement because the agreement already has the terms that the spouses previously agreed to follow.
If someone signed a prenuptial agreement, is there any way of getting it set aside during divorce?
Someone approaching divorce proceedings may challenge the validity of a prenup on grounds such as the following: a lack of understanding what you were agreeing to, duress at the time of signing and/or the imbalanced one-sidedness of the agreement. If a prenup was not properly signed or was not complete, an attorney may help that person get it set aside with little difficulty.
Does fault ever play a role in an alimony award in New Jersey?
In most cases, fault is not a factor in the determination of alimony. However, in rare and extreme cases, proof of egregious fault – such as economic misconduct through dissipation of marital assets by the spouse who would pay alimony – may have an impact on the amount of alimony awarded. Furthermore, certain criminal convictions, such as a conspiracy to commit murder, can block someone from being the recipient of an alimony award.
If someone’s situation changes, can they ask for more alimony?
A petition for a change in a marital settlement agreement regarding alimony may be justifiable. The petitioner should demonstrate a significant change of circumstances of either spouse or both. The key word here is “significant.”
When there are multiple properties in a marital estate, how will these be divided in divorce?
The overriding principle in the division of assets in a New Jersey divorce is that it should be just and equitable. Dividing multiple properties equitably can be accomplished in a number of ways, such as by allocating one or more properties to each spouse or selling and dividing the proceeds of one or more of them. Ownership of any properties before marriage may also be a determining factor.
Will the stay-at-home spouse’s contributions be rewarded during property division?
In general, yes. Family law courts should normally account for the nonmonetary contributions in property division. Such contributions may include household duties, child rearing responsibilities and nonmonetary assistance to a spouse’s professional advancement.
What are the benefits of an uncontested divorce?
When spouses work to settle a divorce through mediation or collaboration, they can save themselves a considerable amount of time and energy. By working together, divorcing spouses can avoid litigation in a courtroom which can also extend the time it takes to resolve a divorce by weeks or months.
Will spousal support be a factor in my divorce?
Each divorce case is unique, and so are the details of the divorce agreement. Spousal support determinations rely on many factors, including the length of the marriage, the income of each spouse and their earning potential after the divorce. We can help you earn the spousal support agreement you deserve.
How will property be divided in my divorce?
New Jersey is an “equitable distribution” state, which means the state law mandates that all marital property has to divide between spouses in an equitable manner. Spouses can either come to their own agreement on how to split their assets, or the court will decide following the equitable distribution model.
Our Divorce Attorneys Have Experience Handling Complex Divorce Issues
Our Morristown divorce attorneys are sought for our knowledgeable representation of complex and high-asset divorces. Whether your divorce involves multiple homes, a family business or complicated child custody arrangements, we can help you find effective solutions. We have helped clients maintain the lifestyle they had before the divorce through spousal support/alimony and value and divide their businesses and other complex assets.
Contact A Morristown Divorce Lawyer Today
If you have questions regarding divorce, child support, child custody, parenting time, visitation, alimony, asset/property division or property settlements, our family law team is ready to help. Many of our members practice family law exclusively and are AV Preeminent-rated, signifying the highest industry standards in legal knowledge, communication abilities and experience.
We also feature many family law attorneys nominated to the Super Lawyers/Rising Stars Super Lawyers list as it relates to family law, the dates of which you can see below.
We are intimately familiar with all the nuances and pitfalls of divorce litigation, and we are ready to use our expertise to help secure you the best possible divorce settlement. To speak with one of our lawyers today, contact us online or through our Morristown offices at 973-975-4043.